Scholarship Opportunities

Financial Aid

The Swarthmore College Scholarship

During the 2013-14 academic year, Swarthmore College awarded about $31 million in scholarship funds. Most of these funds were granted to our students as Swarthmore College Scholarships. The Swarthmore College Scholarship is a gift from the College that need not be repaid. These scholarships may be supported with the College's endowed, restricted or general funds. Many of these funds were provided by generous alumni and friends of the College. Recipients of  Swarthmore College Scholarship will see the award appear as a credit on their College bill each semester.

Information about other special scholarships

The Philip Evans Scholars Program

The Philip Evans Scholars Program was established in 1986 by Jerome Kohlberg, Class of 1946, in memory of his longtime friend and classmate, Dr. Philip Evans. The Evans Scholar selection committee seeks extraordinary students who have met Swarthmore's rigorous admission standards and whose achievements demonstrate integrity, intelligence, the potential to take advantage of the scholarship's offerings, and a commitment to give back to the community as involved citizens. Finalists are selected from admitted students who have committed to attend Swarthmore and are invited for on-campus interviews in June. All admitted students are considered—no special application or additional information is required.

In addition to meeting a student's demonstrated financial aid need, each Philip Evans Scholar receives a one-time computer purchase allowance of up to $1500 and an annual opportunity grant to create a personalized series of learning experiences outside the classroom. These opportunities may include international travel, professional internships, independent research, and community service. Philip Evans Scholars also receive extensive mentoring and participate in group programs and trips.

The National McCabe Scholarship

The National McCabe Scholarship was established by Thomas B. McCabe, Class of 1915. The McCabe Scholar selection committee places emphasis on ability, character, personality, leadership, and service to school and community.

The amount awarded is based on a student's demonstrated financial need, and all need is met with scholarship. No interviews or separate application is required for consideration.


The Lang Opportunity Grant

The Eugene Lang Opportunity Grants are awarded to students who have demonstrated a personal concern for community service, action, and helping others. Lang Scholars receive up to $10,000 each to develop a social service project to be completed by graduation. Students may apply for the Lang Grant after completing their third semester at Swarthmore.

The Regional McCabe Scholarship

The Regional McCabe Scholarship is awarded to a few students from the Delmarva peninsula and from southeastern Pennsylvania (Chester, Montgomery, and Delaware counties.) These awards provide a minimum annual grant of tuition, or a maximum to cover tuition, fees, room, and board, depending on financial need. In making selections for the McCabe Scholarships, the committee places emphasis on ability, character, personality, leadership, and service to school and community.