Ignatian Leaders 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; thus, for a top academic scholar, the Ignatian Leaders Scholarship could impact his/her financial aid as follows:
Trustees’ Scholarship $15,500
Ignatian Leaders Scholarship $6,000
Gonzaga Grant Funding $5,952
Institutional Funding $27,542
*This example is provided for illustration only and is based on last year’s average award amounts. The total amount of Institutional Funding is dependant upon academic merit and need.
PURPOSE AND HISTORY
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 is 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 (also known as the Jesuits). Ignatius was born in 1491 in Azpeitia, a town in northern Spain. In his youth, he fashioned himself a romantic courtier and soldier, but an injury he suffered in the Battle of Pamplona in 1521 changed his life forever. While recuperating from his injury, 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, and with the blessing of Pope Paul III, he and a group of men formed the Society of Jesus in 1540. Ignatius’ vision, practical guidance, and charisma earned the Jesuits many followers, and it is in recognition of his extraordinary vision and leadership that this scholarship bears his name. Gonzaga University proudly celebrates its heritage as one of twenty-eight Jesuit colleges and universities in the United States.
The Ignatian Leaders Scholarship is a highly-competitive scholarship. Once applications have been reviewed, 40 finalists will be invited to Gonzaga to participate in a two-day (overnight) visit. The ILS Competition Weekend will begin at 11:30 AM on Saturday, March 9 and ends at 1:00 PM on Sunday, March 10. Invitees must participate in the ILS Competition Weekend to be eligible for further consideration.
Invited finalists will be hosted on campus and at the University's historic Bozarth Retreat Center for the weekend. All meals, materials, and housing will be provided by the University; invited participants are responsible for travel expenses to and from Gonzaga.
* 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 when they are notified of their selection.
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 9, 2013. You may apply for the ILS before receiving your GU admission decision.
- Secure nomination from a high school counselor, Gonzaga University Admission Counselor, or through the self-nomination process (see below).
- Have a cumulative high school GPA of at least 3.5 at the completion of the fall term of his or her senior year.
- Qualified applicants will have: a desire to pursue leadership opportunities in their collegiate life, a commitment to academic achievement, and a commitment to community service.
- An applicant must also complete the Ignatian Leaders Scholarship Application (including a letter demonstrating the above criteria, as well as two letters of recommendation). More detailed information is provided on the application form.
- All complete Ignatian Leaders Scholarship applications must be postmarked on or before January 9th, 2013 for the 2013-2014 school year.