Lincoln Scholars2020-07-29T16:56:14-04:00

For students who have the capacity and a deep desire to change the world

Lincoln Scholars are exceptional young men and women who aspire to pursue lives of work and service to change our world for the better—nothing less.

Each Lincoln Scholar’s experience will be an intentional, self-initiated journey toward the accumulation of knowledge and a deep understanding of the human condition, as well as an exploration of their roles as agents for positive change in the world. Ten Lincoln Scholars will be selected from each entering first-year class.

Available to first-year applicants, the Lincoln Scholars Program offers 10 students a full-ride-plus scholarship and three summer enrichment experiences.



The scholarship includes:

  • Four-year, “full-ride plus” scholarship, including room and board
  • Individual mentoring from the director of the Lincoln Scholars Program
  • Three fully funded summer enrichment experiences
  • Special programming and seminars

The summer enrichment experiences contribute substantially to each scholar’s personal and intellectual development. Prior to matriculating at Centre, first-year Lincoln Scholars participate in an introspective workshop on leadership, a colloquium on Abraham Lincoln, and a four-day experience with North Carolina Outward Bound.

Rising sophomore and junior summers are designed around three themes:

  • With Outstretched Hands—Serving Humankind
  • Engaging Big Ideas and Challenges
  • Grit and Tenacity in the Making

Rising sophomore and junior scholars will select two out of the three themes. Each four- to five-week summer experience will expand the scholars’ perspective, lead to personal and intellectual growth, strengthen leadership skills, and further increase their capacity to become change-makers. Ambitious proposals for alternative experiences may be considered with approval of the Lincoln Scholars Program director.

Rising seniors will complete a high-caliber summer experience. It will closely align with their major, potential career or graduate study, and/or pursuit of prestigious postbaccalaureate scholarships. Scholars will work closely with the program director and Center for Career & Professional Development to develop and complete this endeavor.



Named for the 16th president of the United States, the Lincoln Scholars Program honors Abraham Lincoln’s rise to greatness from his humble birth in Kentucky and the influence of John Todd Stuart, Centre Class of 1826, who encouraged Lincoln to study law and became his first law partner. High school students who possess a deep desire to improve our world, and the intellect and capacity to do so, should apply.

Competitive candidates will also demonstrate:
  • Standardized test scores* at or near the top 10 percent of scores nationwide and a high school GPA that reflects high achievement (international students: minimum TOEFL 90/IELTS 7.0/DET 115).

    *Note: Students who do not submit test scores are still eligible for consideration. Score ranges listed above are shown to provide context for previous recipients, not as an indicator of requirement.

  • Strong character and leadership potential as a change-maker
  • Persistence and drive to achieve goals
  • Creative problem solving and innovation

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



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



Submit a separate Premier Scholarship Application for the Lincoln Scholars Program by the January 21, 2020 priority deadline to allow the committee members ample time to review all credentials. However, all premier scholarship applications submitted by the February 3, 2020 final deadline will be accepted and reviewed.



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.

Students may apply for more than one premier scholarship program, but a student will only be selected as a finalist for one program. In the case that a student is a strong candidate for more than one premier scholarship program, our selection committee will place the student in the finalist pool in which the applicant will be the most competitive.


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.



Robert Schalkoff

Robert Schalkoff

Director of the Lincoln Scholars Program

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

Admission Office • • +1 859.238.5350