Leadership Scholarship


Whittier College’s Leadership Scholarship awards $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, athletic/competitive teams, jobs/internships, clubs/organizations, or religious communities. 

Leadership Scholarship recipients will complete one community leadership requirement during their first year at Whittier College in order to maintain their scholarship for four years. Students will complete this requirement from three pre-arranged options to choose from.

You must already be admitted to qualify for this scholarship.


  • Phase One: Complete the Leadership Scholarship application
  • Phase Two: Applicants selected to move on to Phase 2 will participate in a one-on-one interview with an Admission Counselor.


  • Priority Application Deadline: February 12
  • Regular Application Deadline: March 16

Essay Prompt

Who is someone that has influenced the way you choose to be a leader today?

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.