Centre offers three types of scholarships: general merit, special, and premier scholarships.


We automatically consider you for these scholarships when we consider you for admission. General merit scholarship consideration is based on a comprehensive review of your credentials and contributions. They are awarded to approximately half of our annual applicant pool. No separate application required. Renewable based on GPA.


Automatic consideration upon receipt of Common Application.
Faculty Scholarship $27,000
Colonel Scholarship $25,000
Founders Scholarship $23,000
Centre Award $20,000
Alumni Award $7,500
Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship $5,000


Centre’s three most competitive scholarship programs recognize 10 incoming students per program annually. We welcome nominations for our premier scholarship programs, although a nomination is not required for consideration. A separate application is required. Renewable based on GPA and program participation.

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.


Grissom Scholars – NOMINATION FORM Full-tuition-plus
Separate online application required.
Brown Fellows – APPLY HERE Full-cost-plus
Lincoln Scholars – APPLY HERE Full-cost-plus

Brown Fellows

The Brown Fellows Program recognizes 10 incoming students annually who have achieved academically at the highest level and who are likely to be model scholars at Centre. The program includes:

  • Four-year, full-cost-plus scholarship, including tuition, room, and board
  • $10,000 in enrichment funds
  • On-campus program mentor and additional off-campus travel opportunities
  • Customized leadership projects that span the student’s collegiate career

Grissom Scholars

The Grissom Scholars Program is designed for outstanding first-generation college students who exhibit character, ambition, and achievement both in and out of the classroom and have substantial financial need. The program recognizes 10 incoming students annually and includes:

  • Four-year, full-tuition-plus scholarship, plus additional aid to cover any remaining financial need
  • $5,000 in enrichment funds
  • Individual mentoring and academic guidance for all four years
  • Regular leadership and group activities with other Grissom Scholars

Lincoln Scholars

Named for the16th president of the United States, the Lincoln Scholars Program is designed for students who have the capacity and a deep desire to change the world. The program recognizes 10 incoming students annually and includes:

  • Four-year, full-cost-plus scholarship, including tuition, room, and board
  • Fully funded summer enrichment experiences
  • On-campus program mentor and additional off-campus travel opportunities


These scholarships recognize students with special interests who demonstrate the potential to contribute to certain programs or areas of campus life.


New Horizons – RECOMMENDATION FORM $27,000 plus priority consideration for financial aid. Renewable.
Separate online application required.
Bonner Program – APPLY HERE $27,000 plus priority consideration for financial aid. Renewable.
Language – APPLY HERE $2,500-$5,000. Renewable and stackable.
Performing Arts – APPLY HERE $2,500-$5,000. Renewable and stackable.

Bonner Program

Centre is part of the national Bonner Program, a leadership program that emphasizes community service and civic engagement. The Bonner Program at Centre consists of two different opportunities: The Bonner Scholars Program for students committed to community service who also demonstrate high financial need by having an Expected Family Contribution (EFC) of no more than $12,000 as determined by the FAFSA, and The Bonner Leaders Program for students interested in prioritizing service during their Centre experience who are also eligible for Federal Work Study. Separate application required. International students are not eligible for the Bonner scholarship.

New Horizons Scholarship

The New Horizons Scholarship Program recognizes talented students from all backgrounds who are likely to provide campus leadership in the areas of diversity and inclusion. The program includes on-campus mentoring and New Horizons cohort meetings throughout the year. Up to 40 New Horizons scholars are selected each year from the incoming class.

Language Scholarship

For students with a strong background of study in French, German, Japanese, Latin, Mandarin, or Spanish who wish to continue their study of language and culture at Centre. Majoring/minoring in a language is not required. Language scholarship recipients will: 1) take two semesters of their target language at Centre, and 2) either two semesters of another foreign language or one semester of another foreign language + Linguistics 210 (a 3.0 minimum GPA is required in language courses), and 3) participate in a study abroad semester. Language scholarship recipients are expected to participate in events to create/promote awareness for language/culture. Separate application and faculty interview required.

Performing Arts Scholarship

For students with talent and interest in drama, instrumental or vocal music, and technical theater. Majoring/minoring in performing arts is not required. Separate application and audition/interview required for consideration.



Although a scholarship nomination is not required in order to apply for 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.



Legacy Scholarship

The Legacy Award is a $3,000 renewable annual award given to admitted students who are children or grandchildren of Centre alumni. To be considered, students who apply for admission to Centre should mention that their parent(s) or grandparent(s) attended Centre on their application materials.

Centre Fellows Guarantee

An admitted Centre student accepted as a Centre Fellow will automatically receive the Founders Scholarship ($23,000 per year) and will be considered for other general merit scholarships. Centre Fellows are nominated by their high school guidance/college counselor in Spring of junior year, and the nomination must be approved by the Office of Admission. If a student is awarded a more valuable general merit scholarship, it will replace (not “stack” onto) the $23,000 Founder’s Scholarship.

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Centre College has a longstanding commitment to making the best education affordable for talented students in the Commonwealth. If a graduate of the Governor’s Scholars Program (GSP), the Governor’s School for the Arts (GSA), or the Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs (GSE) applies and is admitted to Centre, the maximum cost of a Centre education after scholarships and grant aid will not exceed the published price for tuition, room and board at the University of Kentucky. Many students will pay less.

Update: May 2020 | Due to the uncertainty surrounding the novel coronavirus, selected participants of these programs may not have the traditional Governor’s School experience this summer. Regardless of the summer experience, Centre College will honor the Governor’s Scholar Pledge for each individual who successfully completes the requirements as outlined by the GSA, GSE, and GSP and is offered admission to Centre.

Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship opens doors for Ohio students

Centre College is pleased to offer the Austin E. Knowlton Memorial Scholarship. The award is a merit scholarship designated for students from Ohio who are interested in mathematics or majoring in a STEM field.

“Scholarships enable bright and aspiring young men and women to obtain the benefits of a life-shaping education,” says Centre College President John Roush. “These types of scholarships make a difference in the lives of our students, and we are grateful for them.”

The Austin E. Knowlton Foundation was created by Austin “Dutch” Knowlton (1909- 2003) in 1981 “to promote and advance higher education in the United States and to provide direct grants and contributions to qualified colleges and universities.” Mr. Knowlton grew up in Bellefontaine, in Logan County, Ohio, and studied architecture at The Ohio State University. He then joined and later led the Knowlton construction company which completed more than 600 major construction projects, including school buildings, hospitals and libraries, throughout Ohio and the Midwest. Mr. Knowlton was a minority-stake owner of the Cincinnati Reds and a co-founder of the Cincinnati Bengals.