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 in art, music, and theatre. Talent Scholarships are awarded by these academic departments based on a separate application process, including auditions for music and theatre, and a portfolio for art. 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.

Talent Scholarship awardees do not have to major or minor in the subject, only maintain involvement with the department 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. See the application forms below for more information about each department’s application process and requirements. If you have any questions after reviewing these documents, please contact Talent Scholarship Coordinator David Laine at talent@whittier.edu.

Deadlines for Incoming First-Year Students:

Talent Scholarship applications for students entering Fall 2018 are due February 16, 2018. The audition/portfolio review date is February 24, 2018. 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 2017. First-Year Students entering Spring 2018 must submit all application materials by December 1, 2017.

Deadlines for Incoming Transfer Students

Talent Scholarship applications for students entering Fall 2018 are due May 1, 2018. 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 March 2017. Transfer Students entering Spring 2018 must submit all application materials by December 1, 2017.

Please click one of the links below to begin your Talent Scholarship applications.  

Applications for Incoming First-Year Students

2018 Art Talent Application
2018 Music Talent Application
2018 Theatre Talent Application

Applications for Transfer Students

2018 Transfer Art Talent Application
2018 Transfer Music Application
2018 Transfer Theatre Talent Application

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.