Ahmanson Veteran Fellowship 


With the support of the Ahmanson Family Foundation, Whittier College has established the Ahmanson Veterans Fellowship which is dedicated to increasing the opportunity for sophomore, junior, or senior United States military veterans to engage in a substantive undergraduate research project with a faculty mentor for a semester, an academic year, or a summer term.

The research or community project should continue through the year and inform a scholarly presentation. 

Eligibility Criteria

  • Sophomore, Junior, or Senior standing
  • A U.S. Military Veteran eligible for the Post 9/11 GI Bill
  • A minimum 3.0 GPA
  • Open to students of any major or academic program

Selection Criteria

  • Demonstrate academic ability
  • The ability to conduct and complete the proposed research or community project
  • A strong fit with students’ academic and career goals
  • Previous experience with research is encouraged, but not required

Program Benefits

  • A stipend of $3,500 for project activities (to be paid over the academic year or summer period)

Applying to the Program

The application will be due the second Friday in March. A complete application consists of:

  • Unofficial academic transcripts
  • Current semester Academic Progress Report.
  • Student Contract with project mentor sign-off.
  • Signed Mentor Agreement
  • A written recommendation letter from the faculty mentor for the project
  • A reference contact from someone outside of the applicants major and project’s area of focus. This can be a Faculty member or when applicable to the project a personal reference (e.g., employer, internship supervisor, volunteer coordinator).
  • A 500-word essay explaining why you want this fellowship opportunity, how you will benefit from the fellowship both personally and professionally, and what personal qualities (skills, attributes, and/or abilities) you possess that will ensure a successful fellowship experience. 
  • A 1000-word essay indicating the primary objective of your project, discuss why is it important, explain the methodology(ies)/ approach(es) that will be used to accomplish your objective, present a time line for the project during the fellowship period, and identify the end result(s) of your project (e.g., a public presentation at URSCA or other conference, a paper, art work, play, etc.). 
  • Selected semi-finalists may be interviewed. 

Fellowship Advisor

Deanna Merino Contino, Interim Vice President and Dean of Students

Past Fellows

Ricardo Mendoza '22
Patrick Tsu '21
Raymond Johnston '19
Aaron Mendoza '19
Jeff Lee '18
Fernando Lopez '15
Mauro Munguia '15
Jose Cuevas '15