Ignatian Leaders Scholarship

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THE SCHOLARSHIP 

This highly-competitive scholarship awards $24,000 ($6,000 annually over four continuous years) to 20 outstanding incoming first-year students. The award is offered over and above any other grant or scholarship that the University provides. 

PURPOSE OF THE SCHOLARSHIP 

The Ignatian Leaders Scholarship was established to recognize and honor twenty (20) incoming first year students whose commitment to academic excellence, leadership potential, and community service has been made evident in their high school and pre-collegiate involvement.  Ten of the selected Scholars will be women, and ten will be men.

The Ignatian Leaders Scholarship takes its name from Saint Ignatius of Loyola, the founder of the Society of Jesus.  Ignatius was born in 1491 in Azpeitia, a town in northern Spain.  From early youth he fashioned himself a romantic courtier and soldier, but an injury suffered in the battle of Pamplona in 1521 changed his life forever.  Recuperating from his injuries, Ignatius underwent a religious conversion and pledged himself to the service of God.  Following years of preparation and education, Ignatius was ordained a Catholic priest.  With the blessing of Pope Paul III, he and a group of men formed the Society of Jesus (“the Jesuits”) in 1540.  Ignatius’ vision, practical guidance, and charisma gained the Jesuits many followers, and it is in recognition of his extraordinary vision and leadership that this scholarship is so named.  St. Ignatius of Loyola died in 1556.  Gonzaga University proudly celebrates its heritage as one of the twenty-eight Jesuit universities in the United States.

THE COMPETITION

The Ignatian Leaders Scholarship is a competitive scholarship: that is, out of the total number of eligible, complete applications postmarked by January 14, 2015, approximately 40 finalists will be invited to Gonzaga to participate in a two-day (overnight) visit.  The ILS Competition Weekend will begin at 11:30 a.m. on Saturday, March 14th and end at 1:00 p.m. on Sunday, March 15th, 2015.  Invitees must participate in the ILS Competition Weekend to be eligible for further consideration. 

Invited finalists will participate in activities hosted on campus and at Gonzaga’s Bozarth Retreat Center for the weekend. All meals, materials, and lodging (including separate housing for men and women) will be provided by the University.  However, invited participants are expected to travel to and from the Competition Weekend at their own expense.  A limited number of need-based travel stipends will be offered to those finalists who indicate that the travel distance is cost-prohibitive.  Additional information regarding the Competition Weekend will be provided to finalists at the time finalist decisions are made.

CRITERIA FOR ELIGIBILITY 

To qualify for the Ignatian Leaders Scholarship Competition, the applicant must:

  • Have a completed Admission Application on file at the University as of January 14, 2015.  Students may apply for the ILS before receiving their GU letter of acceptance.
  • Have a cumulative unweighted high school GPA of at least 3.5 at the completion of the fall term of his or her senior (high school) year.
  • Submit a completed Ignatian Leaders Scholarship application.  The ILS application must be submitted electronically or post-marked no later than January 14, 2015.
  • Submit no more than two (2) letters of recommendation—from a mentor, supervisor, instructor, advisor, etc.—who can attest to your potential for leadership, your character, and your commitment to service.  One of these letters must be from a current teacher or high school counselor.
  • Demonstrate through their application materials a strong aptitude for and commitment to pursuing leadership opportunities, community service, and academic achievement in collegiate life.  The committee will consider each applicant’s activity résumé, essay, and letters of recommendation to assess these traits.  

COUNSELOR NOMINATION

High school counselors wishing to nominate a student for the Ignatian Leaders Scholarship (ILS) should email the Scholarship committee at ILScholarship@gonzaga.edu. Please include the student's name and e-mail address in the e-mail. Counselors do not need to provide an explanation or basis for their decision to nominate a student. An application will be e-mailed directly to the nominated student. To provide students with adequate time to secure the two recommendation letters required for the ILS application, counselors are encouraged to submit their nominations before January 5, 2014

SELF-NOMINATION 

Students who feel they meet the above criteria and wish to nominate themselves for the Ignatian Leaders Scholarship should e-mail Erik Hoffman, ILS Director, at hoffmane@gonzaga.edu to request an application. Self-nominees should provide brief explanations of previous experiences with leadership, community service, and academic accomplishment in their e-mail message. To have adequate time to secure the two required recommendation letters for the Scholarship, students are encouraged to submit their self-nominations before January 5, 2014.