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Quaker Leader Scholars Program

The Wilmington College Quaker Leader Scholars Program mentors young adults for leadership consistent with the principles of Friends. In order to meet that goal, the Quaker Leader Scholarship Program provides instruction, discussion, and experience along these lines:

A broad knowledge of the Religious Society of Friends in all four of its American branches, some knowledge of varieties of Quakerism across the globe, and familiarity with basic concepts of Friends’ theology and practice. Included within the category of Friends theology and practice are Friends’ understanding of the Bible; varieties of worship and spiritual practices; familiarity with national and regional Friends organizations; and experience with Quaker process, with a sense of the meeting, with clerking, and with work by committee.

A supportive, trustworthy community within which to ask questions about God, Christ, faith, Friends, church, worship, values, friendship, relationships, and the meaning of life. A community of friends committed to authenticity and integrity in expressing themselves. An opportunity to honestly express joy and gratitude, as well as disappointment, anger, grief, and conflict.

Familiarity with basic concepts of Christian theology and with contemporary movements in American churches, including awareness of the authority of the bible for various kinds of Christians.

Experience in volunteer service, as both participant and leader.

Practice in discernment, listening, and persuasion within a Friends community.

Opportunities to develop a service project.

Quaker Leaders Scholar Program - $2,500 per Year

This is available for the fall and spring semesters.

QLS award is for students who are sophomore and above.

Applicants must be accepted for admission to Wilmington College by February of given year.

Scholarship Application deadline is February 22 each year.


Students must be active in a Friends meeting and have their pastor or monthly meeting clerk send a letter of recommendation on their behalf no later than March 1st, of given year.

Students must participate in an on-campus interview process no later than March 1 each year.

Students must submit an essay on “What is the Friends testimony you find most challenging and why? Essays must be submitted to the Office of Campus Ministry, at least one week prior to their visit with Campus Minister.

This Scholarship is renewable as long as the Quaker Leader Scholar is involved in the program, which involves weekly meetings, a fall retreat, a spring retreat, community service hours as well as individual service hours each semester. We also enjoy monthly opportunities of worshiping with local Friend’s Meetings in the surrounding county.

This Scholarship is available regardless of need.

Members of the Program may be Wilmington College students who are active in a Friends Church or Meeting or WC students who are not Friends but find themselves drawn to Friends’ practices. WC students who belong to a Friends Church or Meeting are also able to apply for the Wilmington College Quaker Leader Scholarship.