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Multicultural Leadership Program

Whitworth University is excited to announce a new program designed to equip community-minded students from Spokane, Tacoma and Tri-Cities (and the surrounding areas) to become effective multicultural leaders on campus and in their communities.

The Multicultural Leadership Program (MLP) seeks emerging student leaders with a passion to live, learn, love and lead across all dimensions of human difference on a campus where more than 50 percent of students are first-generation college students and/or from Black, Indigenous and People of Color communities and who desire to use their gifts to become agents of peace, reconciliation and equality.

Starting in the 2024-25 academic year, Whitworth will enroll 20 incoming first-year students for the Multicultural Leadership Program. MLP scholars will receive:

  • Financial aid (including scholarships, grants and loans) covering 100 percent of tuition, fees, housing and meal plan for four years at Whitworth
  • Pre-college training and transition support
  • Leadership training and opportunities
  • Peer mentoring
  • Coursework in U.S. cultural studies
  • Focused preparation for post-college plans

Students from Spokane, Tacoma and Tri-Cities (and the surrounding areas) who are admitted to Whitworth as a first-year student for fall 2024 with a cumulative, weighted high school GPA of at least a 3.0 and who qualify for the state's College Bound Scholarship will automatically be invited to apply for the Multicultural Leadership Program. 40 semifinalists will be chosen by early March and invited to a combined MLP/MVP weekend to learn more about Whitworth and to complete the final stage of the selection process. The cohort of 20 finalists will include 10 students from Spokane, five from Tacoma and five from Tri-Cities (or the surrounding areas).

Click here to learn more about the MLP selection process and timeline.

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