Intercultural Leadership Ambassador Scholarship (ILA)
About the Program
Each year, RWU recognizes, rewards and celebrates a diverse group of students, who have demonstrated academic achievement, leadership and positive contributions to their communities through a selective scholarship program. The program includes a scholarship for four consecutive years of undergraduate study in addition to a co-curricular program which seeks to provide mentorship and academic support while furthering the holistic and leadership growth of recipients throughout their time at RWU.
Program Benefits & Components
- Renewable scholarship valued at 95% of tuition
- Mentoring by faculty, staff, and upper-class ILA students
- Academic advising and workshops
- Professional and career development opportunities
- Cohort and group team building
Eligibility & Requirements
To qualify for ILA, students must achieve all 4 of the following criteria in addition to being admitted to the University:
- Show academic proficiency, achieving a minimum of a 2.8 GPA
- Be eligible for need-based financial aid & qualify for the Pell Grant or show significant financial need
DACA students should contact the Office of Admission for more information
- Demonstrate leadership in their high school or local community or show leadership potential
- AND one of the following: Be a first generation college student; speak a first language other than English or live in a home where English is not the primary language; live or attend high school in an under-resourced community; or live in a geographically underrepresented community.
Notification date: By April 1
Selection Date:1st week of March
Please note that admissions decisions and initial financial aid awards will be sent out before scholarship decisions are made. In the event that a student is selected for the program, a new financial aid award will be generated and will replace the initial award that was given to the student.
Award renewal is contingent upon achieving a 2.8 GPA or demonstrating satisfactory progress towards it, and persistence in the program.
For more information about the ILA Program, contact email@example.com
For more information about the application process and timeline, contact the Office of Admissions at firstname.lastname@example.org.
1. Does ILA cover full tuition and board?
No, only 95% of tuition and it does not include room and board
2. Can ILA students study abroad?
- Yes, it has to be a RWU study abroad program during the fall or spring semester. Short term abroad experiences do not count.
3. The ILA scholarship has a 2-year “live on” requirement, BUT what if I want to commute?
- You will lose the ILA scholarship if you decide to commute in the first two years at RWU which means you will go back to your non-ILA financial aid package.
4. Does the ILA Scholarship include winter and summer sessions? Does it cover summer and winter classes?
- No, the ILA scholarship only covers Fall and Spring tuition.
5. What if I don’t graduate in 4 years and I have to do a 5th year or 9th semester? Does the ILA scholarship cover my tuition beyond my expected graduation date?
- No, the ILA scholarship only covers 8 fall and spring semesters. If you have to do an extra year or semester, the ILA scholarship will not carry over.
6. What if I need a medical leave of absence (or any kind of absence) during one of my semesters at RWU?
- The ILA scholarship covers 8 full semesters but it does not have to be continuous. If you leave one semester that will not count in the 8 semester count. Your leave will act as a pause in your “8-semester” timeline.