Talent Scholarship FAQ

What amounts are talent scholarships valued at, and are they renewable from year to year? 

Talent scholarships range up to $12,000 per year for entering first-year students, or $6,000 per year for entering transfer students, and are renewable for up to four years of continuous study.

Can I receive and accept both a merit scholarship and a talent scholarship? 

Absolutely! However, the size of a merit scholarship could possibly affect the maximum size of a talent scholarship.

Do I have to major or minor in art, music, or theatre to receive a scholarship? 

No. Intended major is not considered in Talent Scholarship decisions and recipients may choose any major or minor. However, recipients must fulfill minimum participation requirements determined by the respective departments in order to retain their Talent Scholarships. 

Can I apply and accept Talent Scholarships from multiple departments? 

Yes! Students can apply scholarships from multiple departments, but if offered multiple awards they can only accept a talent scholarship from one department and must decline all other offers.

Are Talent Scholarships available for Photography?

Yes! See Art Talent Scholarships. 

Athletics, Creative Writing, Dance, Film, or Circus Skills (e.g. Acrobatics, Trapeze Acts, and other stunt-oriented skills)?

Unfortunately, no.

Any other areas?

Contact us at talent@whittier.edu to discuss your specific case. 

I’m interested, but I haven’t received an admission decision yet from Whittier College. What should I do? 

You must be admitted to Whittier College prior to applying for a Talent Scholarship. First, check your App Status to see what items, if any, are still needed to complete your application. Then, please contact us right away at talent@whittier.edu to learn if anything can be done to expedite your admission decision. Failure to do so in a timely manner may jeopardize your eligibility. 

I missed the Talent Scholarship application deadline. What should I do? 

Talent departments may be willing to review late applications from incoming students on a case-by-case basis. Please email us at talent@whittier.edu as soon as possible to initiate the process. In your email, please explain why you missed the Talent Scholarship deadline. 

Can I apply for a Talent Scholarship as a current or returning Whittier College student? 

No. Talent Scholarships are only available to incoming first-year students and transfer students. Please speak to your department head about scholarship opportunities available to current students.  

If I have questions, whom should I contact?

Please direct all questions and concerns directly to talent@whittier.edu