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Special Opportunities

Special Opportunities for Franklin & Marshall Students

Franklin & Marshall provides several special opportunities for intellectually curious, driven students to further pursue their academic and co-curricular interests.

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Collegiate Leadership Summit

Franklin & Marshall College invites students from diverse backgrounds, with a strong history of leadership, to explore how to expand those leadership abilities as they transition to a college environment. The Summit, held twice a year, provides selected delegates with the chance to hear from campus leaders, work in break out sessions, and experience college life in a highly selective liberal arts environment. Delegates also have the opportunity to demonstrate their leadership through interviews and group activities. Nominations for the program may be submitted at

Courtney Adams Music Award

Courtney S. Adams was a leading force in the Music Department's faculty from 1979 to 1995. Her radiant and generous spirit, along with her energy and enthusiasm, made her a beloved teacher. The Courtney Adams Music Award honors her memory.

The Courtney Adams Music Award, valued at $5000 and renewable for up to four years of study, is awarded to incoming students who demonstrate exceptional musical ability, dedication, and potential for making positive contributions to the musical life of Franklin & Marshall College.

To be considered for a Courtney Adams Music Award, applicants must submit an application for general admission, as well as a Music Award application, by January 15.

Students wishing to audition in person must submit their Courtney Adams Music Award application by Friday, November 28.

As noted on the application, auditions for the award will be held on:

December 13 and December 15 - 2:00am - 6:00pm

The Music Award application plus additional details for the Courtney Adams Music Award are available for download.

Gray Scholars Program

The William H. Gray Jr. Scholarship provides need-based financial aid to outstanding students from backgrounds that are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. These students also receive special opportunities for excursions and on-campus activities led by the Office of Multicultural Affairs. Gray Scholars are chosen on the basis of potential for achievement as demonstrated by academic strength, leadership ability, and strong moral character.

Moore Mentorships

Moore Mentorships are granted to students of high academic achievement who accept an invitation to conduct research with a faculty member between the end of their senior year in high school and the beginning of their freshman year at the College. These mentorships are supported by a gift from Dr. W. Scott Moore '74 in recognition of the important role of research in undergraduate education.

National Merit Recognition

Franklin & Marshall recognizes students who are designated National Merit Finalists by the National Merit Scholarship Corporation. Upon indicating Franklin & Marshall as their first-choice institution with the National Merit Scholarship Corporation by the deadline set by the NMSC, finalists are awarded with a $2,000 college-sponsored award or a corporate-sponsored award in varying amounts.

Posse Foundation Scholars Program

Franklin & Marshall is proud to be a Partner College with Posse New York and Posse Miami. Each year, a group of Posse Scholars is selected based on their leadership and academic potential. These students receive full-tuition scholarships to Franklin & Marshall and also receive special opportunities for on- and off-campus activities. More information about the Posse Foundation can be found at


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