Scholarships

Whittier College annually awards a number of scholarships to students, including those given on criteria of academic merit, talent in the performing arts, international citizenship, year of entry and other designations. 

Endowed Scholarships

Whittier College acknowledges its gratitude to the many benefactors who have contributed scholarship funds to the university. Due to their generous donations, the Office of Financial Aid is privileged to offer numerous leadership, merit and/or need based scholarship opportunities to Whittier College students.

Most scholarships are awarded automatically by the Whittier College Office of Financial Aid based on criterion established by the funding donor. These awards do not require you to complete a scholarship application. However, you must complete a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) for the appropriate school year to be eligible to receive an endowment.

Students selected for these scholarships will be notified via a revised financial aid award letter. Students awarded a private scholarship from an individual or an organization may be required to attend the Annual Salute to Scholarship Luncheon. All recipients of an endowment are required to provide a written thank you to the contributor.

Talent Scholarships

Whittier College offers talent scholarships valued from $1,000 to $12,000 for incoming students interested in Art, Music, and Theatre. These academic departments award talent Scholarships based on a separate application process, including auditions for music and theatre (acting), and a portfolio for art and theatre (tech). It is possible to qualify for both an academic Merit Scholarship and a Talent Scholarship in Art, Music, or Theatre. Talent Scholarships are awarded based on the strength of the applicant’s audition or portfolio, and on their pre-existing academic Merit Scholarship award level. While students can apply for multiple Talent Scholarships from different academic departments, they can only accept one Talent Scholarship offer and must decline all others. 

Talent Scholarship awardees do not have to major or minor in their subjects, but they must maintain involvement with the departments while they attend Whittier College. Therefore, this is an excellent opportunity for any student who is looking into the liberal arts and is planning on continuing their participation in Art, Music, or Theatre. Each department’s application form provides full details about its application process and scholarship requirements. If you have any questions after reviewing these documents, please contact Talent Scholarship Coordinator David Laine at talent@whittier.edu

Current and returning Whittier College students are ineligible to apply for Talent Scholarships. You must apply and be awarded as an Incoming First-Year or Transfer Student to qualify. 

Deadlines for Incoming First-Year Students

Talent Scholarship applications for incoming First-Year Students entering Fall 2019 are TBD, but expected to fall in mid-February 2019. You must be admitted to the college prior to applying for talent scholarships, so complete your Whittier College application early to guarantee consideration, preferably by December 2018. First-Year Students entering Spring 2019 must submit all application materials by December 1, 2018. The Whittier College Talent Scholarship application forms are currently under construction, and will be available in Fall 2018.

Deadlines for Incoming Transfer Students

Talent Scholarship applications for Transfer Students entering Fall 2019 are due May 1, 2019. You must be admitted to the college prior to applying for talent scholarships, so complete all Whittier College application requirements early to guarantee consideration, preferably before the April 15 filing deadline. Transfer Students entering Spring 2019 must submit all application materials by December 1, 2018, so complete your Whittier College application before the November 1 filing deadline. The Whittier College Talent Scholarship application forms are currently under construction, and will be available in fall 2018.

Talent Scholarship FAQ and Contact Information

For additional assistance, please consult the Talent Scholarship FAQ or contact Talent Scholarship Coordinator David Laine at talent@whittier.edu.

Scholarship Search Sites

We encourage you to look everywhere you can for a scholarship. Quite often scholarships are available in places that you may not even think. Check with your or your parent's employers, your local church or synagogue, or civic organizations.