OTHC Scholarship Application

Application for the 2022-2023 academic year is now OPEN!

Application Deadline is June 30, 2022 11:59 p.m. EDT/ 8:59 p.m. PDT. It is highly recommended you submit your application before the deadline. Late applications will not be accepted.


As part of the application process, an interview will be conducted. Only students awarded scholarships will be notified in writing in September 2022. If you have any questions, please contact Maria J. Lopez, assistant director of scholarship programs, Office of Multicultural Advancement at mjlopez@syr.edu

The program offers eligible students leadership skills and mentorship by Syracuse University alumni and friends, in addition to a monetary scholarship. Our scholars are given an opportunity to enhance their Syracuse education. We provide encouragement, motivation, and support to students from all disciplines.

We are looking for students with a strong interest in volunteering, leadership training, and joining a supportive community of scholars.

To be eligible for the program, you must:

  • Be enrolled at Syracuse University. Scholarships are not awarded for summer study
  • Have a current FAFSA on file*
  • Have a minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5 (the average GPA of scholarship recipients for 2021-2022 is 3.5)

*Scholarships are based on need. In other words, you must have a need as determined by the Office of Financial Aid (based on your FAFSA). Once need is determined, awards are made based on academic merit.

All fields are required unless otherwise specified.

Main campus (full-time students)

College of Professional Studies  (part-time students)

Incoming first-year students can submit recommendations from high school counselor and teachers.

Required Essays for all Applicants

Please answer each essay question in 750-1000 words.

  1. Upload Essays as one PDF document.
  2. Include your first and last name in the header of the document and file name.

Essay 1-Personal Statement
Briefly tell us about yourself (family, background, personal attributes, and/or how you define yourself).

  • Discuss a significant experience and the impact it has had on your education.
  • Describe your academic journey. What have you learned about yourself? How did your major/program of choice evolve? (required)

Essay 2-Personal Essay

  • Discuss volunteer experience, education goals, and career goals.
  • Why you believe you should be selected for the Our Time Has Come Scholarship?

As part of the application process, an interview will be conducted.