Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) Application

The Urban Leadership Learning Community (ULLC) Scholarship is a competitive, four-year renewable scholarship covering 50-100 percent of a student’s tuition, room/ board and fees.

Mission of the ULLC Program:

Through the Urban Leadership Learning Community Program, Canisius College seeks to fulfill the Jesuit and Catholic tradition of being “men and women for others.” The program aims to create the next generation of leaders by focusing on students from populations that historically have been denied access to positions of influence and power in the community. The purpose of the scholarship is to help finance one’s education, while taking into account demonstrated financial need for students with an interest in promoting diversity and an inclusiveness in learning, living, and problem solving. Qualified ULLC students will have an interest in promoting diversity and inclusiveness on campus and in the community. The ULLC scholarship program is looking for independent-thinking, self-motivated students committed to their personal success and to that of greater metropolitan Buffalo, NY. Students will also seek to develop their learning potential through team learning, mentor-ship, leadership training and involvement in co-curricular and extra-curricular activities. Through these activities, students are expected to achieve and hold leadership positions in the campus community.


Successful candidates will:

  • Demonstrate leadership potential and express willingness to promote diversity and inclusiveness beyond their school community
  • Be a member of a population that historically has been denied access to positions of influence (e.g. first-generation college students)
  • Possess a high school average of 85 percent or higher
  • Show an SAT combined score of 1080 or higher (critical reading and math only) or ACT composite score of 22 or higher
  • Be a resident of the greater metropolitan Buffalo area
  • Demonstrate high financial need (must file for state and federal financial aid using FAFSA)

Requirements for Participation in the Program:

  • Four Foundational Team Learning Courses
  • A Two Week Summer Orientation Program
  • On Campus Residence
  • Four Leadership Workshops
  • Internships
  • Attendance/Commitment to Frequent ULLC Social Events
How to Apply:
  • Submit an application for admission and the required application materials to Canisius College by February 15, 2019
  • Complete the ULLC application with required essay and submit it by the February 15 deadline.
  • Submit two letters of recommendation. One from a teacher and one from a person who can speak strongly of your leadership potential, personal accomplishments and commitment to your community. Mail your letters of recommendation to the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  • File the Free Application for Federal Student Aid
  • You may be selected to interview with Canisius College faculty to determine your knowledge of the program, commitment to its ideals and overall willingness to learn and grow within the ULLC community.

Contact Information for ULLC:

Michael Forest, PhD
Program Director

Rachel Massaro
Admissions Counselor

Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.