Leadership Scholarship


Whittier College’s Leadership Scholarship awards up to $5,000 to future Poets who have demonstrated a high level of leadership in their communities and intend to bring those skills and experience to Whittier.

Leadership can take on many different forms and appear in different types of settings. Therefore, Whittier seeks applications from students who have demonstrated Whittier College values (community, communication, cultural perspective, and connections) through leadership in their school, community, jobs/internships, clubs/organizations, or religious communities. 

The Leadership Scholarship is annually renewable as long as the recipient maintains full-time enrollment (at least 12 units per semester) and good academic standing (minimum 2.0 GPA). Recipients must also complete a minimum of eight hours of leadership involvement, from pre-arranged options, each year they're at Whittier in order to maintain their scholarship. You may apply for both a Leadership Scholarship and a Talent Scholarship, however, these scholarships are not stackable; students may only choose to receive one. CCC Advantage and International students are not eligible to receive Leadership Scholarships.

Application, Deadline, and Timeline

The Leadership Scholarship has two application deadlines: Early Action on January 14 and Regular Decision on March 4. 

Students who are selected to move on to the interview portion will be notified by email in February for Early Action and March/April for Regular Decision. 

Early Action applicants selected for the Leadership Scholarship will be notified via email in March 2022. Regular Decision applicants will be notified in April 2022.

Applications will open on November 1. 

Email admissionscholarships@whittier.edu for questions or concerns.

Essay Prompt

Discuss someone that has influenced your leadership. What role did they play in your leadership style? How do you plan to lead at Whittier College?

The selection committee encourages applicants to be authentic in their answer and let their personal voice come through. Essays must be one page in length, single space, 500 words max.