Leadership Scholar Program

Program Description 

Awarded on an annual basis, the Ithaca College Leadership Scholarship recognizes a demonstrated record of leadership and academic performance. This renewable $7,000 award is offered each year to Leadership Scholars who maintain a 2.75 cumulative GPA and participate in all required elements of the Leadership Scholar program. Leadership Scholars are offered an opportunity to enhance their leadership experience in a variety of both required and optional leadership activities while at Ithaca College.

Program Goals

As a Leadership Scholar, you will:

  • Create a comprehensive leadership portfolio to document your experiences at Ithaca College
  • Present your portfolio to peers and administrators at the end of each semester
  • Attend leadership development sessions
  • Participate in community service activities
  • Be actively involved in student organizations on campus
  • Get a head start on career planning
  • Have access to leadership resources
  • Participate in a mentoring program for new scholars
  • Present a Senior Capstone the semester before you graduate
  • Learn strategies to effectively market yourself as a self-aware leader in a global society

Personal responsibility is an important aspect of leadership and is demonstrated by follow-through and commitment. The ultimate goal of the Leadership Scholar program is to assist you in fine tuning the leadership and communication skills that will set you apart from your peers and allow you to be more attractive to potential employers or graduate programs.

Contact Information

Current Ithaca College students enrolled in the Leadership Scholars program should contact Michele Lenhart.

Prospective students interested in applying to the Leadership Scholars program should contact the Office of Admissions.

Learn more and Apply!

The Ithaca Leadership Scholarship is one of many scholarship and financial aid opportunities at Ithaca College. Please visit the Office of Admission's website for additional information and applications.

The Leadership Scholar Program has given me the chance to connect to a lot of people with similar interests as me! It's also given me great opportunities to get involved on campus and develop my skills as a leader!

Eva Salzman '23, Health Sciences with Food & Nutrition Concentration, IC Nutrition Club

The Leadership Scholar Program was an invaluable gift to me as a student. The program has allowed me to develop new leadership skills and deepen my passion for community service, which are gifts that I will continue to use after my undergraduate education. 

Elizabeth Jesch '20, Public & Community Health, IC Project Sunshine

The Leadership Scholar Program has provided me the opportunity to make a difference on the Ithaca College campus and fully immerse myself in the activities and organizations that are offered to students. Being a Leadership Scholar has strengthened my interpersonal skills and and allowed me to meet like-minded individuals who share the same passions as me!

Bethany Edwards '21, Integrated Marketing Communication, IC Public Relations Student Society of America

The Leadership Scholars Program has taught me the importance of being well-rounded and involved in the greater community. I have gained the knowledge and confidence to be a successful advocate and leader and my college experience would have not been as fulfilling without the program.

Eva Kirie '21, Television - Radio, Student Governance Council Vice President of Communications