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 per year for incoming students interested in Art, Music, and Theatre. These academic departments award Talent Scholarships based on a separate application process after admission to Whittier College. Talent Scholarships are awarded on top of students’ pre-existing academic scholarships, with Talent Scholarship amounts based on the strength of applicants’ auditions or portfolios. This is an excellent opportunity for students who are looking into the liberal arts and planning to continue participation in Art, Music, or Theatre, regardless of intended major.

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.