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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 2024 scholarship application is now closed. 

The scholarship was open to all current high school seniors and others who plan to enroll at a CTCL member institution as first-time undergraduates for the 2024-2025 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. 

Thank you to all of the students who submitted applications by the March 15 deadline and shared supporting documents with CTCL by the April 8 deadline! We are excited that you will begin your undergraduate careers at CTCL member institutions for the 2024-2025 academic year and are thrilled to learn more about you and how you plan to use your education to impact your community and the world. 

Scholarship recipients will be notified via email on April 22, 2024. We will share the news on our website by mid-May.

Please contact CTCL Executive Director Ann Marano with questions at