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 (for those who submit as they are optional) 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 (Marquis Fellowship and Scholarship) 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 January 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.