Outside Scholarships and Aid

After receiving an official financial aid package from Elizabethtown College, a student may be the recipient of an outside scholarship, award or grant. It is the policy of Elizabethtown College that outside scholarships, awards or grants will first be applied to unmet need which includes need based self-help awarded. If the total amount of outside scholarships, awards or grants exceed the unmet need, the College will reduce its institutional need-based gift aid (i.e. Trustee) dollar for dollar. If the student has not received any need-based gift aid, this policy does not apply.

This policy allows the student to benefit from outside scholarships, and, at the same time, the College is able to maintain the parameters of its program. Merit-based scholarships (Presidential, Founders, and Dean’s), as well as the Achievement Award, are not reduced by outside scholarships but could be reduced by receipt of VA benefits or tuition benefits.

Federal law requires that the Financial Aid Office must be notified in writing of any outside awards, including loans. A copy of the letter from the outside organization is preferable. If a student receives an award because of postsecondary enrollment, it must be included in their financial aid award package.

Important note: Outside scholarships and loans could have an impact on the financial aid package. Contingent upon the financial profile remaining the same, need-based gift aid will return to the original level of funding if outside aid is not renewed in subsequent years.


Elizabethtown College Study Abroad Office
Find outside scholarship opportunities for studying abroad.


The Foundation for Enhancing Communities (TFEC)
TFEC offers over 120 scholarship opportunities through various scholarship funds and management agreements. In 2016, more than $1.28 million in scholarships was awarded to 447 students.

Microsoft Scholarship Program
Microsoft awards tuition scholarships and conference scholarships each year to encourage students to pursue studies in Computer Science and related STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math) disciplines. Recipients for both scholarships will be awarded in recognition of their demonstrated passion for technology, academic excellence, and leadership while working to push the software industry forward.

AAUW Harrisburg (PA) Branch
In 2018 the Harrisburg branch of the American Association of University Women will award three scholarships: the Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship, the Martha M. Dohner Memorial Scholarship, and the Mary Lou McDowell Memorial Scholarship. Scholarship recipients may attend any accredited college or university in Pennsylvania but must be a resident of Dauphin or Cumberland County; the Beverly J. Smith Memorial Scholarship is also open to residents of Perry County. Eligibility, financial need and academic achievement must be demonstrated. An essay and references are also part of the application package.

The American Association of University Women (AAUW)
Search the AAUW website by state or use the branch locator to find scholarship opportunities. For more information regarding these local scholarships contact your local AAUW branch.

The Actuarial Foundation
The Actuarial Foundation supports the future of the actuarial profession and fosters the best and brightest students through its scholarships and reimbursement programs.

The Davidson Fellows Scholarship
The Davidson Institute is looking for students whose projects are at, or close to, the college graduate level with a depth of knowledge in their particular area of study. To be eligible for consideration, applicants must be 18 or younger, be a U.S. citizen or Permanent Resident. The 2018 application will open in the fall and deadline is usually in early February.

The Society of Women Engineers
Scholarships for women who major in engineering in an ABET accredited program.

The Pennsylvania Society of Professional Engineers
Scholarships available for undergraduate students ranging from $1,000 - $2,000.

Pennsylvania American Legion
Doctor Almo Sebastianelli Drum corps Scholarship Fund is available to any senior residing in Pennsylvania who meets the following criteria: A child or grandchild of a Pennsylvania legionnaire in good standing or a child or grandchild of a deceased Pennsylvania legionnaire.

American Institute of CPAs Scholarships
AICPA offers many scholarship opportunities for accounting students at varying points in their academic careers. Undergraduate scholarships available to accounting majors who plan to become CPAs.

Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation
The Coca-Cola Scholars Foundation supports more than 1,400 exceptional students each year, with annual scholarships of $3.45 million awarded through 3 nationally recognized programs.  The Coca-Cola Scholars Program Scholarship application is currently closed. It will reopen in August 2018 to accept applications from students who will be high school seniors at that time.

National Association for Campus Activities (Mid Atlantic Region) 
The NACA Foundation offers numerous scholarships that are available to undergraduate and graduate students, student leaders, professional staff, and associate members on an annual basis. 

The Pittsburgh Promise
If you live in the city and attend Pittsburgh Public schools from 9th grade on, a Promise scholarship will be waiting for you at graduation. The Promise is not like most scholarships. If you meet the requirements, you receive the scholarship. Neither is it a limited process, as you and all of your siblings can receive it. If you can dream of a promising future and are willing to work hard to get there, the scholarship will be waiting for you. 

Through the PATH (Partnerships for Access to Higher Education) Program, qualifying students who have already been awarded a scholarship or grant by one of the PHEAA PATH Partners may be eligible to have their awards matched on a dollar-for-dollar basis up to $2,500.

RMHC Scholarships
The Ronald McDonald House Charities offer scholarships to high school seniors who reside in a participating local RMHC Chapter's geographic area. Scholarship recipients are selected by community involvement, academic achievement, and financial need. Eligible students can apply online.

NCAA Postgraduate Scholarship Program
The NCAA awards up to 174 postgraduate scholarships annually. The scholarships are awarded to student-athletes who excel academically and athletically and who are at least in their final year of intercollegiate athletics competition. The one-time non-renewable scholarships of $7,500 are awarded three times a year corresponding to each sport season (fall, winter and spring). Please see the program's website for important deadline information.

J. Wood Platt Caddie Scholarship

Available to students who have caddied for at least one season at one or more Member Clubs of the Golf Association of Philadelphia.  The selection of caddies to receive scholarship funds is made on an annual basis by the Trustees.  The scholarship award range up to $10k each year depending on need and as long as the student continues caddying.  The College provides a $1000 match to recipients of the scholarship.


The Schmidt Kramer Annual Scholarship for Academic Excellence is available to all in-state students enrolled in an accredited university or college. The winning applicant must travel to the Harrisburg, PA location of Schmidt Kramer to receive the Scholarship in person. Each year we will award (one) $1,500 scholarship to a Pennsylvania student enrolled at any accredited university or college. All eligible candidates must complete and return the application before the December 1st, 2018 deadline.

York County Conservation District College Scholarship

The York County Conservation District College Scholarship will award two $1,000.00 Scholarships to any York County residents majoring in – or planning to major in – the field of conservation (agriculture, environmental, natural history, natural resource management or related science field). Applicants must be currently enrolled or already accepted to an accredited college or university. Please click here to see our Checklist and Scholarship Application. The application deadline is October 31, 2018.  

Penn-Cumberland Garden Club

The Penn-Cumberland Garden Club is offering a $1,000 scholarship. This scholarship is available to current college/university students enrolled in a bachelor or graduate degree in 2019-2020 with a major is Horticulture, Floriculture, Landscape Architecture, Conservation, Forestry, Urban or Regional Planning, Environmental Science, Botany, or plant or ecology related studies. Applications are available on our web site www.penncumberlandgardenclub.org. Applications for the Penn-Cumberland Garden Club Scholarship are due by March 31, 2019 .  


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