Opportunities for giving

A Lincoln for A Lincoln

For more information and to contribute, see our Lincoln for A Lincoln page.

Joseph J. Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship

One year ago, our community lost a treasured friend, Joe Schaeffer. It was Joe's vision to establish a local Dollars for Scholars chapter, believing the Gettysburg community would support one with contributions and scholarships, thus helping students continue their education beyond high school. To honor his vision, his longtime commitment to students and to GADS, the GADS Board awarded a $2,000 Scholarship in his name in May, 2021. Joe's family would like to continue honoring him with an endowment scholarship. The Joseph J. Schaeffer Memorial Scholarship will be awarded to the kind of student he passionately championed. We invite you to join his family and GADS to honor Joe with a contribution towards the family's endowment goal of $10,000 using the form below.

Milton K. Nicks Jr. Memorial Scholarship

To contribute to this new scholarship use the form below.



Direct gifts

Write a check for any amount to "Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars" and mail P.O. Box 4339, Gettysburg PA 17325 or use the form above.

Pass-through scholarships

Name a pass-through scholarship with a gift of $1,000 or more.  These scholarships can be renewed yearly.

Endowed scholarships

Endow a named scholarship with a minimum gift of $10,000.  The income from that endowment would fund a $500 scholarship annually.  Larger endowments will fund larger scholarships.

Family giving

Maybe you think you could never afford to create a named scholarship?  Think again!  Become a leader and bring together your whole family, pool your donations, and create a named Family Scholarship. 

Estate giving

Name Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars in your will and provide for an endowed scholarship or simply pass money into our general endowment fund for scholarships. 

A Lincoln for A Lincoln

Respond to our annual campaign…we will send you a Lincoln penny; in exchange, you send us a Lincoln bill (or more!).  We have given over $166,500 in Lincoln Scholarships since we began the campaign.

Support of our activities

We participate in the Adams County Community Foundation's Giving Spree; have a booth at the NHS Holiday Market; we fundraise at home football and basketball games…pledge donations toward home touchdowns and 3-point baskets; and we participate in or sponsor other events as well. Watch for them and lend your support.

Volunteering your time and talents

Come out and support our activities with your volunteer help.


Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization; all of your gifts are federally tax-deductible to the extent of the law.


Contact us for more information on these gifting opportunities at gettysburgdfs@gmail.com

Steven Heidecker, President


You can mail your federal tax-deductible gift to:

Gettysburg Area Dollars for Scholars

P.O. Box 4339

Gettysburg, PA 17325