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CTCL Scholarship Results

Congratulations to the 2023 CTCL Scholars!

  • Claire McGuire is from Dover, Kentucky, and she graduated from Mason County High School. She will join the Class of 2027 at the College of Wooster!
  • Sophie Polatnick is from Astoria, Queens. She graduated from NYC iSchool and will join the Class of 2027 at Reed College!

Claire and Sophie join 19 previous CTCL Scholarship winners who are currently attending or have earned degrees from 19 different CTCL-Member Institutions.

About the Scholarship
To honor the 20th anniversary of the publication of the first edition of Loren Pope’s classic book and the 10th anniversary of the non-profit organization, Colleges That Change Lives established a scholarship for students who enroll at a CTCL-member college or university. The first awards were given in 2016.

About the Book that inspired CTCL, the organization
Four versions of the book Colleges That Change Lives have been published since 1996, each one offering valuable insight about the college search, as well as profiles of 40 small, residential, liberal arts schools that deliver a transformative, high-impact educational experience to thousands of students each year.

The 44 distinctly different colleges and universities named across the four editions of the book  have been traveling together since 1998, joining together to offer free information sessions and college fairs for college-bound students, families, counselors, and college advising professionals.

For nearly 20 years Colleges That Change Lives Inc., a non-profit, charitable 501(c)(3) organization, has preserved and promoted the belief that the college search should be a student-centered process that allows each student to find their best-fit college.

The CTCL Scholarship is one way to help make the CTCL experience a reality for even more students. Share the application with students you know and support future awards by donating today.