The Marquis Awards Program

Lafayette recognizes its most outstanding applicants with merit-based awards named for the Marquis. Recipients of Marquis Awards display the Marquis de Lafayette’s ideals of global citizenship, scholarly pursuits, leadership, and concern for others.

Applicants interested in the Marquis Awards Program are highly encouraged to interview as a part of their application process. In addition to the monetary award, students have additional access to faculty mentors and are eligible to participate in special events and activities, including cultural opportunities. Those seeking financial aid and whose demonstrated need exceeds the amount of their Marquis Award will receive a financial aid award, inclusive of the Marquis Award, up to demonstrated need. Applicants seeking need-based aid must submit the required documents by the deadlines.

Marquis Fellowship And Marquis Scholarship

The College increased the size of merit-based awards beginning with the class of 2024, transforming the Marquis Fellowship into an award valued at full-tuition ($54,512) and the Marquis Scholarship into an award valued at half-tuition ($27,256). The College expects to enroll 10 students as Fellows and another 50 as Scholars among the first-year students arriving this fall.

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.

Additional Marquis Awards

Lafayette’s more versatile merit-based scholarships may be awarded as stand-alone scholarships, or blended into larger need-based financial aid packages.  The Marquis Award Quarter-Tuition Scholarship is valued at one quarter of tuition (current value of $13,628) and The Marquis Award Eighth-Tuition Scholarship is valued at one-eighth tuition (current value of $6,814) and both are renewable for up to four years of full-time study at the College.  The Marquis Awards Committee expects to award approximately 50 quarter- and eighth-tuition Marquis Awards this year.

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.

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. 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.