Hampden-Sydney awards competitive scholarships to select students who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement and leadership and who understand the dedication to scholarship necessary to be successful in our challenging liberal arts curriculum.

All applicants for admission are considered. No special forms are required.

If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Financial Aid.
Telephone: (800) 755-0733
Email: hsfinaid@hsc.edu

Scholarships for freshmen

based on student achievement

Candidates who have demonstrated the highest levels of academic achievement are automatically considered for academic scholarships. Students who have been awarded a scholarship will be notified after acceptance from the College.  

Birthplace scholarship - $40,000
Cushing scholarship - $30,000
Venable scholarship - $27,500
Middlecourt scholarship - $25,000
Penshurst scholarship - $20,000
Garnet & Grey scholarships - $10,000-$17,500

Grant awards, unlike loans, do not have to be repaid.  Scholarship award recipients may also qualify for other types of financial aid based on demonstrated need through the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA). We are dedicated to working with prospective students and their families to help make a Hampden-Sydney education affordable.  

Eagle Scout Scholarship

Developing responsible citizenship, character, and self-reliance, Hampden-Sydney College embraces the values shared by Scouting. Every year at H-SC, approximately 10% of the entering class have attained the rank of Eagle Scout—among the highest percentages at any colleges or universities in the country.

$120,000 Scholarship
Granted as $30,000 per year over four years for new students beginning in the fall of 2024

Any accepted applicant who earns (or will earn before matriculation) his Eagle Scout and attends Hampden-Sydney College will receive this award in place of any primary academic scholarship. If any additional merit-based aid eligibility exists, the applicant will be notified in the initial financial aid offer letter.

Boys State Participant Scholarship

Hampden-Sydney College’s founding mission “to form good men and good citizens” is still in practice today as we strive to enrich the personal and civic lives of our students. The College has had great success in preparing young men for leadership positions with professional, civic, fraternal, religious, and political institutions and associations.

$100,000 Scholarship
Granted as $25,000 per year over four years for new students beginning in the fall of 2024

Any accepted applicant who has participated in Boys State and attends Hampden-Sydney College will receive this award.  However, if the student is granted one of the College’s merit-based scholarships below the level of $25,000 per year, the Citizen-Leader Scholarship will take its place.  If the student is granted a merit-based scholarship at the level of $25,000 or above per year, he will retain the merit-based scholarship and will receive an additional $1,000 per year for being a Boys State Participant.  

Special Awards for freshmen

The Davis Fellowship, established by Norwood and Marguerite Davis, is a full-tuition scholarship and is awarded every other year to one member of the incoming class matriculating at Hampden-Sydney College.  

The Madison Scholarship was established by Alumni and Friends of the College to honor one exceptional student who has excelled in the classroom during his high school career and has made a positive impact on his community.  The Madison Scholarship is a full scholarship offering tuition, fees, room, and board for up to four years.

Academic Scholarships for Upperclassmen

with outstanding academic records during their freshman year

$5,000 in addition to any academic award per year for two years

This regional scholarship is awarded to students entering the Pre-medical Studies program.