Eligibility and Application

Scholarship Application 

Our Time Has Come (OTHC) Program Application

The "Our Time Has Come" (OTHC) Program has experienced significant growth, prompting us to revise the application process to better support the increasing number of students seeking leadership development and community support opportunities. Starting with the 2024-2025 academic year, those interested in the Our Time Has Come Scholarships are required to apply directly to the OTHC Program. Scholarship awards will now be based on candidates' active participation and engagement within the program, alongside their academic achievements and financial needs as assessed by the Office of Financial Aid.

If you have any questions, please contact Maria J. Lopez, assistant director of scholarship programs, Office of Multicultural Advancement at mjlopez@syr.edu.

Kiana Popin


The "Our Time Has Come" (OTHC) Program at Syracuse University has been designed to significantly enhance the collegiate experience through leadership development and community engagement. This dynamic program is tailored to students eager to enhance their leadership skills and expand their professional network through active participation and scholarship opportunities.

Why You Should Apply

Join a network of ambitious peers supported by Syracuse alumni and friends and engage in a program that not only offers financial support but also fosters personal and professional growth. Hear from past participants who have gone on to pursue impactful careers, supported by the skills and connections they made through OTHC.

Program Benefits

  • Leadership Development: Gain invaluable leadership skills through workshops and seminars.
  • Mentorship: Receive guidance from accomplished Syracuse University alumni.
  • Community Support: Connect with a vibrant community that offers encouragement, motivation, and support across all disciplines.

Participation Requirements

  • Active Engagement: Commit to being an active participant in all scheduled activities.
  • Monthly Leadership Seminars: Join TED Talk-style presentations by successful professionals, scheduled monthly on Saturday mornings.
  • Community Meetings: Engage in monthly Friday afternoon sessions where students share ideas and support one another, with additional workshops offered.
  • Individual Guidance Sessions: Meet with the Assistant Director of Scholarship Programs at least once each semester to maximize your program benefits.
  • Volunteer Work: Support events organized by the Office of Multicultural Advancement and partners.

Eligibility Criteria

  • Full-time or part-time enrollment at Syracuse University.
  • Minimum cumulative GPA of 2.5; however, the average GPA of past recipients is 3.4.
  • U.S. citizenship or permanent residency.
  • Financial need determined by the Office of Financial Aid, based on FAFSA submission.

Application Process

  • Application Deadline: June 24, 2024, 11:59 p.m. EDT/8:59 PM PDT
  • Submission Requirements:
    • Include your resume (PDF format) and two recommendation letters.
  • Recommendations:
    • Upon submitting your application, a recommendation form will be emailed directly to your recommenders. These forms must be returned by Monday, July 8, 2024, by 11:59 PM EDT/8:59 PM PDT.
  • Recommender Guidelines:
    • Newly Admitted Students: Recommenders may be high school counselors or teachers. Additionally, you may choose anyone who has overseen your leadership roles.
    • Current Syracuse University Students: At least one recommendation must come from a faculty or staff member at Syracuse. You may also include recommendations from individuals who have supervised your leadership experiences.

Essay Submission

  • Respond to one question from each of the two categories: Personal Statement and Leadership (500-750 words each).
  • Submit essays in one document with your name, SUID, and email included in the header. Save the file as 'ApplicantName_OTHCApplication25'.
  • Essay questions:
  • Personal Statement (choose one)
    • Reflect on moments when you've had to adapt to new challenges and describe how these experiences have shaped your ability to adapt, learn, and grow.
    • Discuss a challenge you've encountered while pursuing your academic or extracurricular interests and how you overcame it.
  • Leadership Statement (choose one)
  • Explain your long-term career goals and how you plan to make a positive impact in your community and beyond.
  • Reflect on a personal or professional experience where you demonstrated leadership and how it contributed to your growth.

Program Outcomes

  • Gain practical leadership skills that enhance employability and career readiness.
  • Build a supportive network that extends beyond university walls.
  • Access unique opportunities for personal and professional development.

Inclusivity and Accessibility: The OTHC Program is committed to inclusivity and provides support for all students, including those with disabilities. We strive to accommodate diverse needs to ensure every student can participate fully.