The Poet Pledge Scholarship


Whittier College reaffirms its commitment to affordable higher education for high-achieving local students with the Poet Pledge Scholarship.

Whittier College will meet full tuition for all seniors admitted to start Fall 2024 who attend the high schools listed below and meet the following criteria. 


  • Be admitted to Whittier College as a first time, first year student
  • Be a U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Complete the FAFSA and Cal Grant forms
  • Have a Student Aid Index (SAI) of zero or less
  • Qualify for the CalGrant A with a Cal Grant GPA of 3.0 or higher
  • Be a resident of California and graduate from one of the schools below
  • Remain registered as a full-time student in good academic standing (3.0 or above)

Eligible High Schools

  • Armenian Mesrobian High School, Pico Rivera
  • California High School, Whittier
  • El Rancho High School, Pico Rivera
  • Frontier High School, Whittier
  • La Serna High School, Whittier
  • Pioneer High School, Whittier
  • Ruben Salazar High School, Pico Rivera
  • Santa Fe High School, Santa Fe Springs
  • Sierra Vista High School, Whittier
  • St. Paul High School, Santa Fe Springs
  • Whittier Christian High School, La Habra
  • Whittier High School, Whittier
  • Homeschooled students living in Pico Rivera, Santa Fe Springs, or Whittier.

How to Apply

Students who have already submitted or started a Common Application can use their profile to apply to Whittier as well. There is no application fee and no SAT/ACT is required. Students who apply via the Common Application will need to submit a Secondary School Report from their counselor, two letters of recommendation, official high school transcripts, and a personal statement.

Students may also apply via Instant Decision, which allows students to apply quickly and easily during a face-to-face interview with a Whittier Admission Counselor and receive an admission decision at the conclusion of their interview. Instant Decision requires that applicants submit a transcript and writing sample (a graded class assignment, for example) prior to their appointment. Letters of recommendation are not required to apply via Instant Decision.

Students who have already been admitted to Whittier for Fall 2024 and meet the criteria must submit their FAFSA to Whittier as soon as possible.


School Administrators, Educators, and Counselors

Ken Woods, Vice President of Enrollment

Applicants and Parents

Anna-Marie Fahmy, Director of Admission