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 (If you are not a current IC student, click here to see a list of organizations.)
  • 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.


Testimonies from Scholars:

"The Leadership Scholar Program has given me the opportunity to perfect my leadership skills and abilities through multiple hands-on experiences. I have built a strong resume and portfolio that helped me to secure multiple internships in my chosen field. I feel ready to take on the world post-graduation!" ~Aliza Sessler '18

"After speaking with the people at my summer internship, I learned that my Leadership Scholar portfolio was the reason I was on the top of their list and made me stand out, landing me this amazing opportunity!" ~Ashley Ahl '17

"The Leadership Scholar program at Ithaca has definitely allowed me to cultivate skills strong enough to pursue a graduate degree overseas!" ~Stefani Mercado-Altman '14

"Thank you for all the opportunities you have given me over the last four years. I had a wonderful experience in the Leadership Scholar program and truly enjoyed the many volunteer opportunities as well. My time in the program helped me grow as an individual and as a leader." ~Laura Maresciallo '13

"This program gives us a chance to continue what we love to do, and get rewarded for it. We become more active community members, and have a chance to interact and meet other people with similar interests and desire to be active and involved." ~current Leadership Scholar

Leadership Scholars with President Collado at her Inauguration in November 2017
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.

Watch a brief video featuring current scholars about how they have created their own leadership portfolios for this program.

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.