Established in 2007 through a generous gift from Arthur Koenig ’66 and Yvonne Koenig, the Koenig Scholarship Fund allows Amherst to recruit and educate high-achieving students from low-income families in Africa and Latin America.
ACCESS AS A FOUNDATIONAL PRINCIPLE
Amherst College believes borders should not dictate access to opportunity, knowledge, or human connection. The Koenig Scholarship program is one of several that help Amherst bring together talented and accomplished students who are geographically, racially, ethnically, and socioeconomically diverse.
Koenig Scholars are identified during the admission process, with no separate applications needed. Scholars will have their full demonstrated financial need met up to the total cost of attendance, with no student loans required, consistent with the College’s financial aid policies. In addition, the Scholars will receive academic, social, and professional support to help them adjust and thrive at Amherst and beyond.
After Koenig Scholars arrive on campus, the Center for International Student Engagement (CISE) provides advocacy, centralized resources, and space for community building and critical reflection. CISE supports the Scholars in learning about and questioning themselves and their environments, and how they interact in local and global contexts. Some Koenig students, in turn, serve as Koenig Scholar Liaisons and organize social gatherings each semester, as well as opportunities for international students to share resources.
Like all international students, Koenig Scholars are also supported by the Office of Immigration Services, which offers immigration and visa-related advising as they navigate policies and expectations of the U.S. immigration system.
The Koenig Scholarship program also sponsors recruitment trips to Africa and Latin America for the College’s admission staff and the Koenig Scholars.
Between 2007 and 2020, 66 Koenig Scholars graduated from Amherst, and new students are invited to join the program each year.
After graduating, many Koenig Scholars seek advanced degrees, and others seek employment in higher education, investment services, medicine, strategy, management, manufacturing, aerospace, software development, and media in the US, abroad, and in their home countries.