Be rewarded for your hard work.
As a student admitted for the fall 2023 or spring 2024 semester, your merit award will include at least $24,000 in annual renewable scholarships per year—guaranteed—and could be as high as $32,000 per year. That means you could get up to $128,000 in LVC scholarships recognizing your achievements!
Lebanon Valley College offers five levels of merit-based awards to select, highly qualified students. When awarding scholarships, we consider the rigor of a student's high school curriculum in addition to her/his academic GPA and standardized test scores (optional). The merit-based scholarship awards are based on strength and rigor of coursework, grade-point average (GPA), class rank (if applicable), and SAT or ACT test scores (optional). With our LVC Scholarship Guarantee, students applying for admission will be automatically evaluated for one of five guaranteed scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for up to a maximum of eight semesters or until completion of the first undergraduate degree, whichever comes first. Students must also be making satisfactory academic progress.
Scholarship Levels (2023–24)
|Board of Trustees||$32,000 Per Year|
|Presidential Scholarship||$30,000 Per Year|
|Dean's Scholarship||$28,000 Per Year|
|Alfred Tennyson Sumner Scholarship||$26,000 Per Year|
|Mary A. Weiss Scholarship||$24,000 Per Year|
The FAFSA is not required for students who wish to be considered exclusively for an institutional merit scholarship and for no other aid. These families must notify the Financial Aid Office that they do not plan to apply for need-based aid.
Students receiving a full-tuition award, i.e. Tuition Exchange Scholarship, Tuition Remission, or the John Bowman Allwein Scholarship may not receive other LVC aid in addition to the full-tuition award. In addition, scholarships and grants from outside sources may reduce the full-tuition award.
Need-based LVC grants and scholarships will be reduced if the total amount of private scholarships plus LVC grants and scholarships exceeds the total amount of LVC tuition and fees. Contact the Financial Aid Office with any questions.
Financial Aid Office, email@example.com or 717-867-6126
Children of Alumni Award (No Application Required)
Awarded to children of alumni who graduated from the College. The amount is $2,500 per year, for a maximum per-student benefit of $10,000 over the course of four years. A student may only receive one Child of Alumni Award even if both parents/stepparents are graduates. Eligible students must be enrolled full-time and pursuing her/ his first bachelor's degree.
Alumni Tuition Discount (No Application Required)
Alumni who have earned an LVC bachelor's degree qualify for the Alumni Tuition Discount (ATD) which is a 25% discount of full-time undergraduate tuition charges. The value is included in the financial aid offer. Alumni who do not plan on filing the FAFSA must notify the Financial Aid Office to waive this requirement and award the ATD. Alumni who enroll for less than 12 credits per semester are eligible for a discount of the per-credit tuition rate. Details are on the Business Office webpage.
Alumni Referral Award (Application Required)
Alumni are welcome to refer high school students to LVC, and to encourage them to visit and apply. Students who are offered admission to the College will receive a $1000 per year Alumni Referral Scholarship for up to four years of full-time undergraduate enrollment. Alumni should complete the Alumni Referral Scholarship Form for students as early as 9th grade but must be submitted prior to the student receiving admission to LVC.
Parents who are alumni of LVC are not eligible to refer their own child(ren) because their child(ren) will be eligible to receive the Children of Alumni Award.
Competitive Ensemble Scholarship (beginning with Fall 2020)
A scholarship has been established to reward high school students who participate in at least one district, regional, or state competitive ensembles (Band, Choir, or Orchestra). The ensemble scholarship is $2,500 per year for up to four years and is open to all majors. To qualify, students must:
- Indicate their involvement in a competitive ensemble on the admission application
- Provide the LVC Music Department with proof of participation
- Enroll in a large ensemble (Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Orchestra, College Choir, or Concert Choir) for their four years as a student.
All of the above steps must be completed to be eligible. This scholarship is not stackable with the Honors Ensemble Scholarship.
Edna and Clark Carmean Talent Awards in Music
Talent awards based on musical merit; an audition is required for consideration.
Each year, Lebanon Valley College names seven new Carmean Talent Award recipients based on musical merit. These awards provide $1,500 per year for up to four years provided that the recipient remains enrolled in a music major. The audition-for-admission by Feb. 15 each year is required for consideration.
Honors Ensemble Scholarship
A scholarship has been established to reward high school students who participate in one of Lebanon Valley College’s Honor Ensembles (Honors Band, Honors Choir, Honors Orchestra). Each year LVC’s Music Department invites students from different school districts to perform in these ensembles. The Honors Ensemble Scholarship is for $2,500 per year for up to four years. Honors Scholarship recipients must be accepted to LVC and participate in a large ensemble (Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Orchestra, College Choir, Concert Choir) for their four years as a student. This scholarship is available to high school seniors accepted to LVC; however, the offer extends to high school junior, sophomore, and freshman participants upon their successful completion of high school and acceptance to LVC. This scholarship is not stackable with the Competitive Ensemble Scholarship.
Mecham Music Scholarship
The Mecham Music Scholarship is awarded to prospective music majors based on their performance during the audition. Scholarships are awarded by the music faculty following the audition. Students must file the FAFSA, file the admission application, and audition on or before Feb. 15 to be eligible.
The Mecham Music Scholarship ranges from $1,000–$5,000 per year for up to four years, depending on financial need. The FAFSA is required to determine the amount awarded when the financial aid offer is prepared. Students may only receive the Mecham Music or the Departmental Scholarship, but not both. More information about how financial need is determined can be found here.
Music Lessons Scholarship for Non-Music Majors
Students not majoring in music are eligible to audition for a Lebanon Valley College Music Lessons Scholarship. This Scholarship covers the cost of one weekly half-hour music lesson per semester taught by LVC faculty. Students who successfully audition and are awarded the scholarship must enroll and participate in a large LVC ensemble (Symphonic Band, Marching Band, Symphonic Orchestra, College Choir, or Concert Choir) for their four years as a student. Information about auditioning for this scholarship and requirements for specific instruments can be found on the Prospective Student Information page on the Music Department website. To schedule an audition, contact the Music Department at firstname.lastname@example.org. The application deadline is April 30.
John Bowman Allwein Scholarship (by invitation only)
Full-tuition scholarships awarded to high-achieving, first-time freshmen. Allwein Scholars also receive three $2,500 stipends throughout their time at LVC for research, travel, or study expenses associated with study abroad, internships, and/or collaborative research. Students eligible for this scholarship will be invited to apply. For students to receive priority consideration for the John Bowman Allwein Scholarship, it is recommended that a completed admission application is submitted by Nov. 15. In addition, recipients must maintain a semester grade point average of 3.0 to retain the full tuition scholarship and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 to retain the $2,500 stipend.
The Mary E. McCurdy Graham '30 Biology Scholarship*
The Graham Scholarship is a $5,000 per year up to four years scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to high school seniors who have been offered admission to Lebanon Valley College in biology and meet the following criteria. Recipients must maintain an overall cumulative grade point average of 3.0 and a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 in biology courses.
Apply for the Graham Biology Scholarship here.
*Students awarded the Graham Scholarship will be limited in the amount of the Departmental Scholarship s/he can receive, if otherwise eligible. For example, if the Departmental Scholarship is less than $2,500, it will be rescinded. If the Departmental Scholarship is $2,500 or more, it will be limited to a maximum amount of $2,500.
To maintain the Graham ’30 Biology Scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and continue to major in Biology for all four years at LVC.
The J. Robert O'Donnell Scholarship in Physics*
The O’Donnell Scholarship in Physics is a $5,000 per year for up to four years scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to high school seniors who have been offered admission to Lebanon Valley College. In our selection process for this scholarship, we look for students who:
- Plan to declare a major in physics, engineering (the Physics Track), or physics/secondary education certification
- Rank in the top 10% of their high school class or have a strong academic record from a school that does not rank
- Submit an application, which includes a résumé outlining extracurricular activities, community service, employment, and science-related experience.
*Students awarded the O’Donnell Scholarship will be limited in the amount of the Departmental Scholarship s/he can receive, if otherwise eligible. For example, if the Departmental Scholarship is less than $2,500, it will be rescinded. If the Departmental Scholarship is $2,500 or more, it will be limited to a maximum amount of $2,500.
To maintain the O’Donnell Scholarship in Physics, students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and continue to major in Physics for all four years at LVC.
The Dr. J. Robert O’Donnell Scholarship in Literature*
The Dr. J. Robert O’Donnell Scholarship in Literature is a $1,250 per year for up to four years scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to high school seniors who have been offered admission to Lebanon Valley College. In our selection process for this scholarship, we look for students who:
- Plan to declare a major in English or Creative Writing
- Have a strong academic record
- Submit an application, which includes a résumé outlining extracurricular activities, community service, employment, and related experience.
To maintain the O’Donnell Scholarship in Literature, students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and continue to major in English or Creative Writing for all four years at LVC.
Creative Writing Scholarship*
The English Department at Lebanon Valley College invites prospective students majoring in Creative Writing to submit a portfolio for review for a Creative Writing Fellows Scholarship. Two scholarships will be awarded for $2,500 per year for up to four years and based solely on the quality of the work.
Students should submit up to 10 typed pages of their own original, creative work in fiction, poetry, or a mix of the two genres. Excerpts from longer works are permitted. Prose works should be double-spaced, and all works should be in a standard size 12 font. Students are encouraged to submit well-polished pieces that best represent themselves as a writer at the time of portfolio submission. Students should include their name, contact information, and the title(s) of the work on a cover page as the first page of the submission, but no identifying information should appear on the works themselves.
Please send portfolios with cover page as a single Microsoft Word document to Dr. Holly M. Wendt at email@example.com, no later than February 1.
Portfolios will be reviewed by department faculty, and two scholarships will be awarded. Decisions will be made by February 15.
In addition to receiving the scholarship and all of the exciting opportunities all LVC Creative Writing Majors receive, Creative Writing Fellows will be featured in a Senior Reading during Lebanon Valley College’s annual Inquiry Celebration, provided they remain enrolled at the college, in good academic standing, and within the creative writing major.
*Students awarded a Creative Writing Scholarship will be limited in the amount of the Departmental Scholarship s/he can receive, if otherwise eligible. For example, if the Departmental Scholarship is $2,500 or more, it will be reduced by $1,250. If the Departmental Scholarship is less than $2,500, no reduction will be made.
Scholarship campaign for 1st year International student applicants. LVC will provide at least 2 scholarships with 50% off tuition per year for up to four years to a student who meets the eligibility, completes the scholarship application form, and submits a 500-1,000 word essay or 2 minute video expressing ways in which the applicant will advance intercultural learning and understanding on their future campuses. All scholarship applications and videos should be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org by February 15.
#YouAreWelcomeHere scholarship may not be stacked on top of any other grants or scholarships from LVC.
- First-year international applicants of any major to a participating college or university. International applicants are individuals who hold citizenship in a country outside the U.S. and who don't also possess U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
- Demonstrated interest and initiative in promoting intercultural learning and exchange.
- Applicants who meet the admission criteria and adhere to the deadlines at each selected college or university. Details will vary from school to school.
- Completion of a scholarship application and a 500-1000 word essay or a two-to-five minute video describing their aspirations to conduct projects, research, employment or other experiences that will advance intercultural learning.
For more information, please visit here.
United Methodist Scholarships
Lebanon Valley College is affiliated with the United Methodist (UM) Church, which provides scholarship opportunities for students. Qualified applicants must have been members of the UM Church for at least one year and must demonstrate commitment to the church. Financial need is also considered when selecting recipients. Awards are worth $500-$1,000 annually for up to four years, and may be made either by the College or through one of the national UM headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.
Scholarship applications may be completed online for scholarships awarded by the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry located in Nashville. More information on the GBHEM scholarships and other UM Scholarships can be found here. The link will also provide information about a low interest UM Loan, "Five for Five," which will allow UM students to borrow up to $5,000 annually at low interest. Unlike scholarships, the loans will need to be repaid.
Update from the General Board of Higher Education and Ministry: Visit this link for additional information and application details: https://www.gbhem.org/loans-and-scholarships. Scholarships for Fall terms open the preceding January and remain open until March 1 preceding the fall term. Apply early as funds are limited.
Scholarship applications may also be completed online for scholarships awarded by the United Methodist Higher Education Foundation (UMHEF), which is also headquartered in Nashville. To apply for a scholarship from the UMHEF.
Students are encouraged to check those websites regularly as the availability of funds dictates at which times during the year applications are accepted. Also take careful note of deadlines that may vary from scholarship to scholarship.
Some additional UM scholarships are awarded annually at the college level to enrolled students who demonstrate financial need. You may add your name to a roster of UM students by contacting the Financial Aid Office at email@example.com. Please specify "United Methodist Scholarship" on the subject line of your email request and include your name and address in the body of the message. In addition, please provide the name and address of the UM church where you are a member and specify the conference to which your church belongs. As scholarships become available, they will be awarded to students listed on the roster. Some scholarships carry a minimum GPA requirement.
Kaleidoscope Scholarship (by invitation only)
The Kaleidoscope award is a $20,000 scholarship that affirms the intersectionality of the identities students hold, including historically, underserved, underrepresented, and marginalized identities. In addition to the scholarship, Kaleidoscope Scholars participate in programming related to diversity, equity, and inclusion; attend conferences; and conduct and present research. Through these immersive experiences, Kaleidoscope Scholars help cultivate Inclusive Excellence and gain leadership skills.
Amiracle4sure Educational Scholarship
This Educational Scholarship was established to assist individuals whose lives have been impacted by incarceration. The award of $2,000 ($1,000 in the fall semester and $1,000 in the spring semester) will be presented to one candidate for financial support to be used toward tuition, books, or classroom materials.
Thaddeus Project: Humanities and Social Sciences Internship Support
Louise Stevenson, Ph.D., and Philip Zimmerman, Ph.D., P'09 established the Thaddeus Project to convey gratitude for the educational guidance that their daughter, Lila Stevenson Zimmerman '09, received at LVC. The donors are pleased to offer students in the humanities and select social sciences the opportunity to apply for internship funding to support career preparation.
Zerbe Summer Study Abroad Scholarship
Grace Zerbe, class of 1930, received her B.A. degree in English from Lebanon Valley College. She worked as a teacher and professor of Latin and French. The funds from the Hobson Zerbe Trust, which enable us to offer this scholarship, were donated for the “stimulation of the modern and classical foreign languages and improvement of international relations through good foreign language study.” The scholarship offers funding to students who wish to earn three (3) or more credits in a country where the language of the major or minor is the language of instruction.
Scholarship & Fellowship Resources
We encourage our students to consider applying for one or more exciting national and international scholarship and fellowship opportunities, such as the Fulbright, Udall, and Truman Awards.
The Departmental Scholarship is an academic scholarship awarded to prospective students based on academic achievement in high school and potential to contribute significantly to an academic department and the College. Music majors are eligible for the Mecham Music Scholarship in place of the Departmental Scholarship. For more information, see the Music Scholarships section on this page.
The Departmental Scholarship ranges from $1,000 - $5,000 per year for up to four years, depending on financial need. The award amount is determined at the time the financial aid offer is prepared and is partially based on financial need. Students may only receive one Departmental Scholarship. More information about how financial need is determined can be found here.
The LVC eSports program proudly offers a scholarship to any student-athlete ranked Level 1 or Level 2 out of four levels. These student-athletes who try out or interview are considered for a $2,500 scholarship each year, up to $10,000 total. Contact David Shapiro, eSports director of operations, at firstname.lastname@example.org.
The Lutz Scholarship is for students who reside in the Cocalico School District who have been accepted to Lebanon Valley College as full-time undergraduates. This scholarship is need-based. More information about how financial need is determined can be found here. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on the student's financial need and the funding level for the academic year, but the amounts typically range from $1,000 to $5,000 per year for up to four years.
Applicants are required to complete the FAFSA with a priority deadline of February 15. A separate application is not required. Students will automatically be considered as a graduate of Cocalico High School.
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