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CTCL Scholarship Application

The Colleges That Change Lives Scholarship was established in 2016 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.

Since first appearing in 1996, four versions of Colleges That Change Lives have been published, each update offering valuable insights about the college search, as well as profiles of 44 small, residential, liberal arts schools that offer high-impact, transformative educational experiences to thousands of students each year. The non-profit Colleges That Change Lives organization is dedicated to preserving the author’s message.

This scholarship is yet another way to ensure the CTCL experience becomes a reality for even more students, including the recent scholarship recipients.

The scholarship is open to all current high school seniors who plan to enroll at a CTCL member institution as first-time undergraduates for the 2023-2024 academic year.

Two awards of $6000 will be made. The scholarship is disbursed directly to the recipient’s CTCL institution at $1500 per year for four years.

1. The deadline for Part 1 of the application was 11:59 PM (Eastern Time) March 24, 2023. The application is now closed. We encourage you to reach out to your high school counselor or the financial aid office at the CTCL colleges that interest you for additional scholarship opportunities. We wish you all the best!

2. Part 2 of the application will be completed by submitting two items before 11:59 PM (Eastern Time), April 10, 2023:
• at least one copy of an admission letter from a CTCL member school
a copy of Page 1 from the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid) Student Aid Report (SAR)

Notification of scholarship decisions will be emailed to all applicants on April 21, 2023.

Please contact CTCL Executive Director Ann Marano with questions at