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

Two ILA students

  1. Renewable scholarship valued at 95% of tuition
  2. Mentoring by faculty, staff, and upper-class ILA students
  3. Academic advising and workshops
  4. Professional and career development opportunities
  5. Cohort and group team building

Read what students have to say about the program

Eligibility & Requirements

ambassadorsTo qualify for ILA, students must achieve all 4 of the following criteria in addition to being admitted to the University:

  1. Show academic proficiency, achieving a minimum of a 2.8 GPA
  2. 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
  3. Demonstrate leadership in their high school or local community or show leadership potential
  4. 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.

Learn about Pell eligibility

Notification Timeline

Notification date: By April 1

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.

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For more information about the application process and timeline, contact the Office of Admissions at