The Selection Process is now closed. The process to select the 5th BOLD Cohort will begin in Spring 2021.

Criteria to apply:

The theme for the BOLD Program is: Intergenerational Mentoring, Identity, and Social Change.  BOLD scholars are awarded a two-year scholarship of up to $27,500 per year and those selected will become part of a cohort of about 7 students. In the spring of 2020, we will be recruiting students in their Sophomore year that will be part of the program for four semesters (Fall 2020-Spring 2022), with intended graduation dates of May 2022, Summer 2022 or December 2022.

The scholarship of the program is need-based. If you have questions regarding your potential eligibility based on your financial aid package, please contact Student Financial Services at sfs@ithaca.edu. Given that this is a need-based program, some students with other substantial scholarships or grants may not be eligible for additional scholarship funding. 

BOLD Applicants must meet the following criteria for consideration:

  • Students who identify as female or women
  • Enrolled full-time
  • Good academic standing
    • Applicants must have a minimum 2.5 cumulative GPA. Applicants with a cumulative GPA between 2.2 and 2.5 will be considered on a case-by-case basis after review by the selection committee. 
    • Scholars beginning the program in Fall 2020 must maintain a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or greater. A scholar whose GPA falls between 2.2 and 2.5 will be placed on academic probation. 
  • Demonstrated exceptional leadership abilities
  • Strong critical thinking skills and demonstrated ability or desire to facilitate challenging discourse
  • Demonstrated passion for social equity
  • Demonstrated ability to work well in groups
  • BOLD Scholars are NOT required to reside on campus for the duration of the program
  • Students must plan to be based at the Ithaca, NY campus for the duration of the program in order to participate fully in program activities. Students studying abroad or studying away during the program are not eligible to apply.

Selection Process:

Students will be selected via a two-stage process. The first component is a group interview where candidates will be able to meet and interact with other students. From the pool of all applicants, finalists will be identified and invited back for individual interviews. The final cohort of about 7-9 women from Ithaca College will be selected and begin the following semester.

Students ultimately will be selected on the basis of financial need, merit, and leadership potential, with an eye toward the creation of a diverse cohort.