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 course work, grade-point average (GPA), class rank (if applicable), and SAT or ACT test scores (optional). Students applying for admission will be automatically evaluated for scholarships. Scholarships are awarded for up to a maximum of eight semesters as long as satisfactory academic progress is made.


Scholarship Levels

Board of Trustees Scholarship $24,000 Per Year
Presidential Scholarship $23,000 Per Year
Dean's Scholarship $21,000 Per Year
Alfred Tennyson Sumner Scholarship $18,000 Per Year
Mary A. Weiss Scholarship $16,000 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 are encouraged to 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.

No Application Required

Alumni Scholarships

Children of Alumni Award
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 Children 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
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 award package. Alumni who do not plan on filing the FAFSA should notify the Financial Aid Office to waive this requirement and award the ATD.

Music Scholarships

Talent awards based on musical merit; an audition is required for consideration.

Edna and Clark Carmean Talent Awards in Music

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. The audition-for-admission by Feb. 19 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 $10,000, awarded over 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.

Music Lessons Scholarship for Non-Music Majors

Students not majoring in music are eligible to audition for a Lebanon Valley College Music Lessons Scholarship. The Music Lessons Scholarship covers the cost of music lessons taught by LVC faculty. Students who successfully audition and are awarded the scholarship must enroll and participate in a large LVC ensemble (band, orchestra, or choir). 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 Mrs. Trisha Hocker in the Music Department at music@lvc.edu.

Competitive Ensemble Scholarship (beginning with the fall 2019 incoming class)

A scholarship has been established to reward high school students who participate in at least one districts, regional, or states competitive ensembles (Band, Choir, or Orchestra). The ensemble scholarship is for $10,000, awarded over four years. Competitive Ensemble Scholarship recipients must be accepted to LVC and major in any one of our music major programs for four years. To qualify, students must provide the music department with proof of participation in a competitive ensemble and participate in a large ensemble every semester at LVC. This scholarship is not stackable with the Honors Ensemble Scholarship.

Application Required

John Bowman Allwein Scholarship (by invitation only)

Full-tuition scholarships awarded to high-achieving, first-time freshmen. Allwein Scholars also receive a $2,500 stipend for each of the four years 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 application is submitted by Nov. 15. For more information, visit the Allwein Scholars' page.

The Mary E. McCurdy Graham '30 Biology Scholarship*

The Graham Scholarship is a $5,000 scholarship awarded on a competitive basis to high school seniors who have been offered admission to Lebanon Valley College and meet the following criteria:

  • Majoring in biology, including pre-med/pre-professional health care programs and biology/secondary education certification
  • High school class rank in the top 10%
  • Minimum SAT score of 1300 (Evidence-Based Reading and Writing + Math) on the new SAT or 27 on the ACT
  • Submission of an application, which includes an essay regarding career goals and interest in biology
  • Successful completion of an on-campus interview with a member of the Biology Department faculty

*Students awarded The Mary E. McCurdy Graham '30 Biology Scholarship are not eligible for a Departmental Scholarship.

The Dr. Agnes O'Donnell Scholarship in Literature*

The O'Donnell Scholarship is $5,000 per year and is awarded on a competitive basis to high school seniors who have been offered admission to Lebanon Valley College and plan to major in English. In addition, scholarship recipients will meet the following criteria:

  • High school class rank in the top 10%
  • Submission of an application, which includes an essay describing academic accomplishments and interest in the study of English (maximum 1,000 words)
  • Successful completion of an on-campus interview with members of the English Department faculty

To maintain the O'Donnell Scholarship, students must have a 3.0 GPA overall and continue to major in English.

Additional Expectations and Benefits of Selection as an O'Donnell Scholar include:

  1. Sustained participation in at least two of the following extracurricular activities: Green Blotter Literary Society, Wig and Buckle Theater Company, La Vie Collegienne, Writing: a Life.

*Students awarded The Dr. Agnes O'Donnell Scholarship in Literature are not eligible for a Departmental Scholarship.

The J. Robert O'Donnell Scholarship in Physics*

The O’Donnell Scholarship in Physics is a $5,000 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 J. Robert O'Donnell Scholarship in Physics are not eligible for a Department Scholarship.

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 and based solely on the quality of the work.

Portfolio Guidelines:

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 wendt@lvc.edu, no later than January 15.

Portfolios will be reviewed by department faculty, and two scholarships will be awarded. Decisions will be made by February 15.

In addition to receiving a $2,500 scholarship – renewable for a maximum of three years – 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 to a maximum Departmental Scholarship of $2,500, if otherwise eligible.

The Almond Tree Scholarship

Lebanon Valley College announces The Almond Tree Scholarship—a full-tuition scholarship offered to two students of high promise but limited financial means from sub-Saharan African. Beginning in Fall 2018, the scholarships can be renewed for up to four years of undergraduate study and are intended to result in the successful completion of a bachelor’s degree. Each scholarship (fully valued at $50,000 USD per year) will cover tuition, housing, meals, taxes, and includes an annual flexible fund of $6,500 USD which can be applied to travel expenses, computer, text books, living supplies, visa costs, etc.

Application process:

  • Complete the free online application (LVC Application or Common Application):
  • Answer these three questions in an essay (email to international@lvc.edu)
    1. Why do you wish to study in the United States of America?
    2. Where do you hope to live and work after graduation?
    3. How do you hope to apply your education in your home country after graduation?
  • Provide a secondary school/high school academic record, a school leaving certificate, and proof of a 3.0 GPA or B average.
  • Demonstrate English language proficiency: TOEFL of 80 in iBT, IELTS of 6.5, or STEP Eiken Grade 1. Applicants do not have to take the TOEFL, IELTS, or STEP Eiken if their education was conducted in English.

Deadline to complete the application process is March 1.

For more information, email Caitlin Murphy, International Recruitment & Engagement Coordinator at iinternational@lvc.edu or call +1 717-867-6089.

#YouAreWelcomeHere Scholarship

Scholarship campaign for 1st year International student applicants. LVC will provide at least 2 scholarships with 50% off tuition per year 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 international@lvc.edu by December 15, 2018. Scholarships will be granted starting in Fall of 2019.

Eligibility Requirements:

  • 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.
  • Graduation from or attendance at a secondary school outside the U.S.
  • 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 https://www.youarewelcomehereusa.org/

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. Scholarships are renewable for four years. Awards are worth $500-$1,000 annually, and may be made either by the College or through one of the national UM headquarters in Nashville, Tenn.

Scholarship applications may be done 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 done 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, please visit http://umhef.org/.

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 finaid@lvc.edu. 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.

Alumni Referral Award

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 $1000 Alumni Referral Scholarship for up to four years of full-time undergraduate enrollment. Alums should complete the Alumni Referral Scholarship Form for students as early as 9th grade but prior to the student completing their application for admission.

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.

Outside Scholarship & Loan List

Visit here for a comprehensive list of links to sources of information regarding student financial aid. loans, and scholarships.

FAFSA Required

Multicultural Fellowship

The Multicultural Fellowship (MCF) is limited to those high school seniors identifying most closely with one of the following racial and ethnic groups: African-American, Asian-American, Hispanic-American, Native American, or multiracial. Transfer students from one of the groups previously listed may also be considered for the fellowship.

Awards will range from $1,000-5,000 per year depending on financial need.

Students expressing an interest in the fellowship should contact the Office of Admission at 1-866-LVC-4ADM (toll free) or 717-867-6181.

Departmental Scholarships

Departmental Scholarships are academic scholarships awarded to prospective students based on LVC faculty recommendation. 

Departmental Scholarships of up to $5,000 are awarded to students nominated by faculty. Faculty will recommend prospective students who have been offered admission, show demonstrated interest in the College through a campus visit, and exhibit potential to contribute significantly to the academic department and the College. The award amount will be determined at the time of financial aid packaging and will be partially based on need. Financial need is determined by the Free Application for Federal Student (FAFSA). The award is renewable for a maximum of four undergraduate years (eight full-time semesters). 

Lutz Scholarship

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, which means that the student must have demonstrated need as determined by the FAFSA and the cost to attend LVC. The amount of the scholarship is dependent on the student's need and the funding level for the academic year, but the amounts typically range from $200 to $5,000 per year.

Applicants are required to complete the Lebanon Valley College financial aid process. The priority deadline for the FAFSA is February 15. A separate application is not required. Students will automatically be considered as a graduate of Cocalico High School.

FAFSA Incentive

The $1,000 per year award is available to new and transfer undergraduate students who plan to begin enrollment full-time for the 2018 fall semester. To be eligible, new applicants must complete their 2018-19 FAFSA by April 2, 2018. Transfer students must complete their 2018-19 FAFSA by May 1, 2018. It is renewable in subsequent years provided the FAFSA is submitted each year by LVC’s published deadline. 

Without my financial aid and academic scholarship, I would never have been able to come to this school I love. The financial aid staff was so friendly and helpful. They walked me through everything step by step.

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