Diversity Service and Leadership Award

  • Be recognized for your service and leadership!

    Gannon University is proud to honor and encourage leaders of tomorrow through the Diversity Service and Leadership award. This presentation competition provides minority students from multicultural backgrounds the possibility to showcase their service and leadership in their community; and one student will be awarded a FULL TUITION AWARD!! In addition, all students who participate will have their merit award increased.

    Eligibility Requirements

    1. Students must be minority students from a multicultural background to be eligible to compete.
    2. Students must be high school seniors at the time of the contest.
    3. Students must enroll as full-time, undergraduates at Gannon University directly upon graduation from high school.
    4. Students must meet the full-time, regular admission requirements of the University.
    5. Students must be accepted to Gannon University by April 1, 2015.
    6. Students must be citizens of the United States.
    7. Deception in the competition will result in automatic disqualification and Gannon University holds the right to re-examine your application for entrance to the University.

    Additional Information

    1. The amount of scholarship money awarded will be based on individual performance.
    2. The awards are renewable annually, provided recipients maintain a minimum grade point average at Gannon.
    3. Winners will be determined by a panel of judges and announced by April 20, 2015.

    Competition Details

    During the competition you must be prepared to present in a 5-7 minute time frame an original creation that shares how you have demonstrated service and/or leadership in your community or why you feel that service is important. Submissions may include, but are not limited to, a photo, a drawing, poem, collage, etc. In addition, you should be able to briefly explain how your submission demonstrates your service and leadership. Submissions will be judged on creativity, originality, relevance, presentation and explanation.

    Following a short interview with our panel of judges, you will have the opportunity to tour campus and get answers to your questions about enrollment and financial aid. Your stay will conclude with our Award Luncheon, where you and your parents will get to mix and mingle with Gannon faculty, staff and current students.

    For questions about eligibility or other rules and guidelines, please contact Pat Washington in the Office of Admissions at 814-871-7751.

    Frequently Asked Questions

    What should I wear?

    Dress nice, but comfortable. Keep in mind that you will be presenting to and interviewing with a panel comprised of Gannon faculty, staff and administration.

    Should I bring my parents/guardians?

    Yes, absolutely. In addition to the actual competition itself, we have planned activities that will involve various Gannon faculty, students and staff that will share information about our academic and student life programs. Activities such as campus tours and the Scholarship Luncheon/Dinner for example.

    Is there some way that I can prepare for the interview question portion of the competition?

    Just be you. Your panel of judges wants to get to know you; therefore the answers to the questions can be found within yourself.

    How many awards will be given?

    We will award one full tuition award. Each additional participant will receive an increase in their merit award, however.

    When will I know the results of the competition?

    We will notify all winners by phone on or before April 20, 2015.