Merit Scholarships

All students admitted to Goucher, who submitted a high school transcript, are automatically considered for a merit scholarship. The selection process for these scholarships is competitive and is based on academic performance, with awards going to high-achieving students. Goucher students must achieve a 2.75 cumulative GPA to maintain a scholarship, which is renewable for up to eight semesters.

The following scholarships, which are selective and require additional consideration, recognize first-year students who have excelled in and beyond their school community.


The John Franklin Goucher Scholarship recognizes students who have distinguished themselves through superior academic achievement. Awarded to outstanding students, this renewable scholarship is awarded in addition to any merit scholarship received. Selected candidates will be invited to campus in early March for a faculty interview.

To be considered, students must complete an application for admission by the December 1 Early Action deadline.


The Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey Leadership Scholarship recognizes students who have distinguished themselves through superior non-academic engagement and experiences, such as special talents and extracurricular achievement. Awarded to outstanding student leaders, this renewable scholarship is awarded in addition to any merit scholarship received. Selected applicants will be invited to campus in early March for a faculty interview. Recipients will be expected to become leaders on campus and will be invited to and recognized at special campus events.

To apply, please complete the Dr. Rhoda M. Dorsey Leadership Scholarship Application (application will be available soon). Applications are due by December 1, along with a completed application for admission.


The Fine and Performing Arts Scholarships recognize students interested in majoring in dance, theatre, music, or the visual arts. Awarded to outstanding student artists, this renewable scholarship is awarded in addition to any merit scholarship received. Selected applicants will be invited to campus in early March for an audition or portfolio review, and for an interview.   

To apply, please complete the Scholarship in the Arts applications, below, in the discipline you are considering. Applications are due by December 1, along with a completed application for admission.

Scholarship in the Arts - Dance (PDF)
Scholarship in the Arts - Music (PDF) 
Scholarship in the Arts - Theatre (PDF) 
Scholarship in the Arts - Visual Art (PDF)