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Grissom Scholars2020-03-05T15:40:14-05:00

Offering first-generation college students a full-tuition scholarship valued at more than $150,000 over four years

Grissom Scholars are first-generation college students with proven academic achievement, strong character, and exceptional potential for leadership and participation in the life of the College.

Available to first-year applicants, the Grissom Scholars Program offers 10 high achieving first-generation college students a full-tuition scholarship and $5,000 in educational enrichment funds.

 is given to students with substantial financial need who live in the United States.


The scholarship and enrichment program includes:

  • Four-year, full-tuition scholarship, plus additional aid to cover any remaining financial need
  • $5,000 in educational enrichment funds after the successful completion of the first year
  • Up to $1,500 reimbursement in travel expenses for Family Weekend for scholars in their first year
  • On-campus leadership and personal enrichment programming
  • Individual mentoring from the program director as well as an upper-class student
  • Regular group activities with other Grissom Scholars

Ten Grissom Scholars will be selected from each entering first-year class. Students who are financially eligible will receive additional aid to cover the cost of room and board, books, and transportation.

Each Grissom Scholar will receive personal guidance and ongoing mentoring from the program director. Grissom Scholars will benefit from individualized programming to help ensure ongoing success at Centre College. $5,000 in enrichment funds will enable each Grissom Scholar to pursue special opportunities such as study abroad, independent research, and academic internships. In the summer before their first year at Centre, Grissom Scholars will participate in an orientation program focused on personal growth and team-building.




Apply for admission by January 15. We use the Common Application exclusively, and there is no fee to apply.



All first-generation college students who submit complete applications for admission to Centre by January 15 will be considered automatically for the Grissom Scholars program. There is no separate application for the program.


The selection committee will notify scholarship applicants about their status in late February. Approximately 30 finalists will be invited to campus for a mandatory selection weekend April 3-4, 2020, with 10 recipients named in mid-April.


Grissom Scholars are required to be first-generation college students, meaning their parents or guardians have not completed a four-year college degree. The program is intended for first-year students who reside in the United States and who have limited financial resources.

Thank you to all students who were nominated for and applied to Centre’s premier scholarship programs for 2020-21. We had our most competitive field of applicants to date. All finalists have been notified of their status via email. If you have any questions regarding Centre’s premier scholarship programs, we encourage you to contact your admission counselor.

Competitive candidates will also demonstrate:
  • Proven dedication to high academic achievement

  • Strong character and leadership potential

  • Persistence and motivation to achieve goals

  • Creative problem solving and innovation

  • Significant past involvement in extracurricular activities, such as the arts, community life, service, and paid or unpaid work

  • A successful candidate will possess the ambition and intellectual curiosity necessary to succeed in a rigorous academic environment. A student will demonstrate high academic achievement in challenging high school coursework, and be a contributor to his or her school or local community.


Although a scholarship nomination is not required in order to apply for premier scholarships, the admission office welcomes nominations to help us identify and learn more about potential scholarship candidates. A nomination can be completed by a school counselor, core-course teacher, community-based organization liaison, employer, or independent college counselor. The priority deadline for nominations is December 15, but we accept nominations through January 15.



Sarah Scott

Sarah Scott

Director of the Grissom Scholars Program

Questions regarding applying for the Grissom Scholars program should be directed to the Admission Office:

Admission Office • • +1 859.238.5350