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An Elizabethtown College education is for people who feel the pull to contribute to the world. Our students go on to be exceptional in whatever profession they choose. Scholarships open the door for our students to gain an incredible Etown experience. They provide the necessary support our Blue Jays need to access a transformative education and dynamic experiences both inside and outside the classroom.

Impact Scholarships

Impact scholarships are annual scholarships that support Etown students who have financial need. They enable the College to recruit and retain the best and brightest while providing greater access to a transformational Etown educational experience. Donors can create an impact scholarship with a commitment of at least $2,500 per year for a four-year pledge. Donors also have the options to name the scholarship - either for themselves or in honor/memory of someone - and designate the award to an academic school (e.g., School of Business, School of Sciences).

For more information on impact scholarships, please contact Ben Osterhout, Director of Annual Giving.

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Endowed Scholarships

Endowed scholarships help to ensure that an Etown education is available to all students. An endowed scholarship at Etown establishes a permanent resource from which our students will receive support in perpetuity. These scholarships enable the College to enroll current and future generations of students regardless of their financial means.

Learn More about Endowed Scholarships

Business Impact Scholarships

Through a Business Impact Scholarship, your company can make an investment in future leaders who will make a difference. Today, Elizabethtown College presents more opportunities for learning, innovation, and transformative experiences than ever before. An annually funded Business Impact Scholarship presents an opportunity for you to support Etown students in a way that reflects your passions and values. You can create a scholarship that is meaningful and will have a positive impact on the lives of Etown students.

Business Impact Scholarships are annual scholarships that support Etown students who have financial need. They enable the College to recruit and retain the best and brightest while providing greater access to the Etown experience.

Businesses can create a Business Impact Scholarship with a commitment of at least $2,500 per year for a four-year pledge. Your company has the option to name the scholarship – either for the business or in honor/memory of someone. A Business Impact Scholarship can be designated to either the Family Business and Entrepreneurship Certificate or to an academic school of choice (e.g., School of Business, School of Engineering & Computer Science). What sets these scholarships apart from other giving opportunities is the ability for your gift to go directly and immediately to a student – when you give $2,500, they receive $2,500.

Through a Business Impact Scholarship, you can give to what matters most to you and let a student know that you believe in the work that they are doing. Please contact Cori Breault, Director of Relationship Management and Advancement Operations, to create your Business Impact Scholarship.

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Donor Highlight

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Valerie Eichorn '00

Creator of the 'Unlocking Your Potential' Scholarship 

“It is so gratifying to see firsthand how your contributions are being leveraged to help students have the best educational experience possible. The name of my scholarship, ‘Unlocking Your Potential,’ embodies my purpose. It’s about helping others know they are loved, they are worthy, and they are strong.”

Valerie realized her vision of helping students push themselves beyond what they themselves perceive they are capable of through the creation of the "Unlocking Your Potential Scholarship," which benefits a student who comes from a single-parent home. Valerie earned her bachelor’s degree in Communications from Elizabethtown College. During her time at Etown, she lost her father to suicide and credits the College for supporting her through the hardest time in her life. This is what inspired her to create the “Unlocking Your Potential Scholarship.”

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Joe DePippo '76

Co-Creator of the 'Joseph A. '76 and Nancy Z. '79 DePippo Scholarship Fund' 

“At Elizabethtown College, I got a great education, met some great people, and had some special mentors. My wife, Nancy, and I have continually tried to give back to Etown so that we can give future students, who may not have the financial means required, an opportunity to have a similar experience and be a part this educational community.”

In 2021, Joe and Nancy created the "Joseph A. '76 and Nancy Z. '79 DePippo Scholarship Fund," which to supports students of color at Elizabethtown College who are U.S. citizens with demonstrated financial need. Joe graduated from Etown with a bachelor’s degree in Business Administration. Etown is where he met Nancy (Zinn), and he was a member of the men’s soccer team along with several other student organizations. He remains engaged with the College in various capacities.

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Peter '12 & Shelley Hobbs

Etown’s First Impact Scholarship Donors 

"Our reason for giving to impact scholarships was about a belief in community and shared purpose. As we give to each other through gifts, acts of service, and sharing our stories, we are investing in the success of people. As an SGPS alumnus, and a first-generation college graduate, I'm grateful for those at Etown who fanned the flame of perseverance for me. That gratitude is a great feeling, and the impact scholarship is a way of extending that gratitude and an inspiration to others. Please join us in building up the Blue Jay family."

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