North Central College - Naperville, IL

Distinguished Leaders Scholarship Application

The Distinguished Leaders Program is a highly attractive option for students who demonstrate outstanding leadership potential and a keen interest in maximizing their leadership skills to improve the North Central College community in return for year-to-year financial aid incentives. Students will receive a $1,000 scholarship the first year, a $1,500 scholarship the second year and a $2,000 scholarship the third year.  Scholarship renewal is pending completion of all requirements outlined below.

Student Commitments:

  1. Declare and progress toward completion of an LEV concentration and/or LEV academic minor while maintaining high standards of academic achievement;
  2. Engage in one approved applied leadership role (e.g., Precepting, Dispute Resolution Center Associate, Resident/Commuter Assistant, Student Government, NSLS eboard, etc.) each academic year, with one of those experiences taking place in the context of the LEV 495 Applied Leadership course;
  3. Engage in one approved service or public interest project each academic year; and,
  4. Prepare an annual leadership summary at the close of each academic year listing and assessing curricular and co-curricular leadership accomplishments;
  5. Note that students who participate in the NSLS program for first-year students will receive priority consideration.

The Distinguished Leaders Program is for first-year students ONLY.  The NCAA division III prohibits consideration of athletics and athletics leadership for scholarship consideration.  Scholarship applications are due on or before March 28, 2016.  There will be a breakfast for recipients (the date & location to be announced). If you have any questions, please email Dr. Abigaile VanHorn at or call 630-637-5160.

Scholarship Application Requirements

  1. A copy of your completed courses and grades (this information can be found and printed through your Merlin account);
  2. Two (2) recommendation letters: one from a member of the North Central College faculty and one should come from a co-curricular source.  Please ask your references to state how well and how long they have known you in the letter. 
  3. Written responses to the following questions:


  • How do you define leadership? 
  • What do you believe are your strengths and weaknesses in regards to leadership? 
  • What are your goals and ambitions during college, particularly in terms of leadership?  Describe the sort of leader you want to be, how you hope to become that leader, and where you see yourself excelling.  Please be specific.   



Note that this person is different from Academic Advisor. Please have letters of recommendation sent directly to with the subject line: Distinguished Leaders Reference-Name of Applicant.

Examples of co-curricular references include: Hall Director, Student Activities Office, etc. Please have letters of recommendation sent directly to with the subject line: Distinguished Leaders Reference-Name of Applicant.