Why Give


In a variety of ways, The Citadel Foundation plays a vital role in enhancing the quality of a Citadel education.  One of its most important ongoing efforts is to secure scholarship funds, which enable the college to attract and retain the students who best represent The Citadel's commitment to academic excellence, physical discipline, dedicated military service, and upright moral character.

The ability to recruit and retain the "best and brightest" from the talent pool of young students dramatically improves the character and composition of the Corps of Cadets as a whole.  Thanks to the enduring support of our scholarship donors, The Citadel is able to award over $4.5 million in scholarships annually to more than 800 cadets.  Because many of the scholarship funds are endowed in perpetuity, the generosity of these donors will continue to benefit many generations of cadets, enhancing academic excellence and leadership within the Corps for all time.

With colleges across the nation actively recruiting the brightest and most promising students, The Citadel must remain competitive, armed with the resources to ensure that those who have the desire and potential to excel in The Citadel’s disciplined academic environment will have every opportunity to flourish.

Investing in the Corps of Cadets through the scholarship endowment truly is a timeless gift, one that will continue to pay the highest of dividends far into the future of this great institution.  The cadets of today are the leaders of tomorrow, and we are grateful for the enduring commitment our scholarship donors have made to preserve the Long Gray Line.

Fast Facts—Scholarship Support at The Citadel:
  • Through funds donated by alumni, parents, and friends, the college is able to provide more than $4.5 million in scholarships annually.
  • This support translates into more than 40 percent of our cadets receiving non-public scholarship aid.
  • Scholarships range from full-ride, merit-based awards to financial support for dedicated cadets who need additional support to complete their Citadel education.
  • Endowed scholarships free up funding for the college that would otherwise be needed to retain our student population.  Through careful resource allocation and diligent cost-saving efforts, The Citadel continues to provide a truly unique, high-caliber college education at a reasonable price—one reason U.S. News and World Report consistently ranks The Citadel among the best values in the South.

Types of Scholarship Support

In order to allow The Citadel the maximum flexibility to recruit and retain outstanding students, five primary scholarship funds have been established. Five funds in particular--The Citadel Scholars Fund, Citadel Brigadier Foundation Memorial Fund, Citadel Leadership Scholars Fund, Armed Forces Scholars Fund, and the Graduate Assistantship Fund--offer a simple way to provide scholarships to specific segments of The Citadel community.

Additionally, benefactors may choose to give to the President's Honorary Scholarship Fund, initiated in 1955 by General Mark Clark as a repository for all gifts to The Citadel's general scholarship program that are not intended for specifically named scholarship funds.

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