The Marquis Awards

The Marquis de Lafayette left the safety of his aristocratic life in France at age 19 to fight for the cause of freedom in the American colonies. He made new connections, discovered a new world, and made a major difference in the future of millions.

Lafayette recognizes its most outstanding applicants with merit-based awards named for the Marquis. Recipients of a Marquis award display the Marquis’ ideals of global citizenship, scholarly pursuits, leadership, and concern for others. The Fellowship is valued at $40,000 per year and The Scholarship is valued at $24,000 per year.  

Some applicants who are eligible for a Marquis Award will be invited to campus in late winter to participate in a dynamic selection process. The majority of Marquis winners, however, will be selected solely on the merits presented in their application. Applicants interested in a Marquis award are highly encouraged to interview as a part of their application process. Marquis Fellows and Scholars seeking financial aid and whose demonstrated need exceeds the amount of their fellowship or scholarship award will receive a financial aid award, inclusive of the fellowship or scholarship, up to demonstrated need. Applicants seeking need-based aid must submit the required documents by the deadlines.

Other special benefits of the Marquis Fellowship and Scholarship program include:

  • an additional scholarship of up to $4,000 for one faculty-led off-campus course during an interim session (Lehigh Valley Association of Independent Colleges programs excluded)
  • participation in special events and activities, including cultural opportunities
  • faculty mentors

Who typically qualifies for a Marquis Award?

Lafayette seeks students who have demonstrated intellectual curiosity in addition to their superior academic achievement. Curriculum, grades, rank in graduating class, and scores on standardized tests are all considered. Furthermore, the College looks for students creatively engaged in the life of their communities and who, like the College’s namesake, have “made a difference” through significant accomplishments in school and community.

Fellowship and scholarship offers are typically made to students who are at the top of their graduating class in the most demanding curriculum available, with standardized test scores above the mean for admitted students (see the profile of the most recently admitted class).

Students who decide that Lafayette is their first choice and apply under the Early Decision option are also carefully considered for all merit-based scholarship opportunities. However, if your enrollment here is critically dependent on being awarded a merit-based scholarship, you should apply under the Regular Decision option.

Only first-time applicants are considered for merit-based scholarships at the time of their application for admission. Selection is based on the academic record prior to enrolling at Lafayette.

All merit-based scholarships are renewed each year at Lafayette provided the student maintains a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.00 and is enrolled full time. Students who are also requesting need-based financial aid must file all required forms by the deadlines.

Although the admission application deadline is Jan. 15, we strongly encourage those seeking merit-based scholarships to submit their applications a few weeks earlier.

No additional application materials are required for merit scholarship consideration. This underscores the importance placed upon submitting the highest-quality and best-prepared application possible.

Read an article about Marquis Scholars.

Athletic Scholarships

Lafayette offers athletic scholarships in 11 sports:

  • baseball
  • men’s and women’s basketball
  • women’s field hockey
  • football
  • men’s and women’s lacrosse
  • men’s and women’s soccer
  • softball
  • women’s volleyball

Recipients are selected based on athletic talent as well as the ability to meet Lafayette’s rigorous academic standards. Compliance with NCAA regulations and continued participation in the sport are required. Scholarship recipients are required to file the FAFSA each year in order to determine and maximize federal and/or state eligibility. First-year students must file by November 15 if Early Decision and January 15 if Regular Decision. A full athletic scholarship covers tuition, fees, room, board, and books. Partial scholarships are also awarded.

Athletic  Scholars are subject to the same application requirements, filing deadlines, and terms and conditions of need-based grant awards (academic progress, full-time enrollment, and maximum of eight semesters).

Posse Scholarships

Lafayette College partners with the New York City and Washington, D.C., chapters of The Posse Foundation and selects and awards full-tuition scholarships to 10 incoming students from each city. Posse Scholars are required to file the FAFSA every year and any Federal/State grant eligibility will be considered part of the scholarship value. First-year students must apply Early Decision and the FAFSA file by November 15. Students seeking additional need based aid must meet all filing deadlines. Posse Scholars are subject to the same application requirements, filing deadlines, and terms and conditions of need-based grant awards (academic progress, full-time enrollment, and maximum of eight semesters).

Tuition Exchange Scholarships

Lafayette participates in Tuition Exchange (TE), a national scholarship exchange for dependent children of qualifying employees of member institutions. Eligibility for a TE scholarship must be certified by the TE liaison officer at the parent/guardian’s place of employment. TE is considered an employment benefit and not treated as an outside scholarship. Applicants must submit all required documents and meet the filing deadlines to be considered for admission and financial aid, if applicable.

The number of scholarships offered by Lafayette each year is subject to the balance that must be maintained between “imports and exports of eligible candidates.” Selection of TE scholars is highly competitive and determined by the Office of Admissions. Given the competitiveness of the program, awards are typically limited to first-year applicants. Students should expect to receive notification no later than April 1. For more information, contact Gregory MacDonald, vice president for enrollment, macdonag@lafayette.edu.