Gannon Scholars Leadership Program FAQs
- Who are the Gannon Scholars?
Scholars are a select group of students who participate in a structured four-year experience designed to develop their leadership skills. Gannon Scholars are leaders who incorporate diverse experiences and awareness of social and women's issues into their programs and lives. Scholars receive a $4,000/academic year scholarship award that is renewable for four years provided they remain in good standing, both academically and with regard to their Gannon Scholar responsibilities.
- Why do I want to be a Gannon Scholar?
The Gannon Scholars Leadership Program fosters within students a collective spirit of unity, empowerment, and philanthropy that adds a unique dimension to their college experience. The community created among the group stimulates intellectual growth and provides a support system encouraging ambition and success. Gannon Scholars are continually exposed to new ideas and viewpoints, enabling them to broaden their experience and lay an effective foundation for their futures.
- What do Gannon Scholars do?
Gannon Scholars meet once a week to engage in dialogue and facilitate presentation topics on social justice, women's issues, and leadership. Additionally the scholars plan one-two events per semester in an effort to collaborate with the larger campus community.
In addition to these annual programs, the Gannon Scholars frequently have guest presenters and workshops during their weekly meetings. They are encouraged to attend conferences on issues relating to women as well as leadership development.
With all that said, however, perhaps the most important function of the Gannon Scholars is to create an environment where students are encouraged and supported by their peers to discover and develop their talents and to pursue their dreams.
- What type of time commitment is required?
Gannon Scholars have one meeting a week that generally runs for 1 hour, sometimes more. In addition to the weekly meeting, time is spent working on the various projects that the Gannons organize and carry out, attending conferences, and working to develop leadership skills. Gannons can spend as much as 5-10 hours a week working on projects.Because of the unique nature of the Gannon Scholars Leadership Program, it is important that all Gannons commit to fully participating in the experience. Students who routinely miss required activities or neglect to fully engage with the group or help with Gannon Scholar-sponsored programs risk losing their scholarship.
- Who can apply for the Gannon Scholars Leadership Program?
The Gannon Scholars Leadership Program is open to students who will be attending college directly after high school. To be considered for the program, applicants must have been accepted to Loyola University Chicago for full-time study. Up to five (5) $4,000 scholarships are awarded each year. The scholarship is renewable for four years.