Centre College in Danville, Kentucky, has announced a $20 million challenge gift from an anonymous donor for a full-tuition scholarship program named in honor of Abraham Lincoln, who was born in Kentucky.
The dollar-for-dollar matching gift will establish the Lincoln Scholars Program for students "who have the capacity and deep desire to change the world." Beginning in the fall of 2016, ten students will receive full tuition, room and board, books, and fees for four years. Lincoln Scholars also will receive $10,000 at the beginning of their sophomore year in support of enrichment opportunities such as study abroad, internships, and undergraduate research. Each year, ten additional Lincoln Scholars will be selected for the program; it is expected that forty Lincoln Scholars will be enrolled in the program by the fall of 2019.
By then, with three other recently established scholarship programs having reached full enrollment, approximately 11 percent of the student population at Centre will be attending on a full-tuition scholarship. "More than ever before, thanks to this generous challenge gift, we will be able to fulfill our mission as a place of opportunity," said Centre College president John A. Roush. "Adding yet another premier scholarship program will help Centre attract the best and brightest young men and women, irrespective of their ability to pay."