Find Your Footing: Student Leadership Program

Each year Goshen College selects a group of Latino students coming to the college directly from high school to participate in a learning community that supports their academic ambitions and lifelong success.

The goal: to develop intercultural skills that contribute to effective interaction and peaceful communities.

What we provide to & Expect from Participants

At the Center for Intercultural and International Education (CIIE), we believe in the power of community support: familial, social and academic. To ensure a successful transition to college life, students in the program work with a bilingual enrollment counselor liaison and have access to academic support counselors.  Hear our stories.

Additional program benefits include:

  • Up to full tuition
  • Leadership opportunities
  • Service-learning activities
  • Educational enrichment programs
  • Community building activities
  • Three-credit hours earned in the SALT program

Participants are required to attend the Summer Academic Leadership Training (SALT) program for three weeks during the summer before enrolling on the Goshen College campus as well as the multicultural affairs orientation prior to New Student Days.


In order to qualify, students must meet the criteria below:

  • Be of Hispanic/Latino heritage
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident with a valid permanent resident card
  • Have a cumulative high school grade point average of 2.75 or above
  • Complete an application by state deadlines for federal and state financial aid (FAFSA)
  • Be a student entering Goshen College directly from high school
  • Be a first-generation college student

Priority for selected recipients is given to Indiana state residents, though we also encourage out-of-state students to apply.

Application Process

To be considered for this program you must submit the following to the Goshen College Admission Office:

Recipients will be invited to interview on campus or by telephone.

Application Deadline

All application materials must be submitted by 5 p.m. on December 15, for priority. Additional applications will be reviewed based on available funding.

Expectation for Renewal

This award is renewable for up to eight consecutive semesters by maintaining a 2.5 college grade point average. All award recipients are expected to:

  • Participate in the research activities of CIIE
  • Participate in a minimum of one club and/or student organization
  • Meet regularly with leadership staff
  • Participate in leadership development activities