The Barack Obama Scholars Program at Occidental College was launched in 2017 to empower the next generation of leaders to actively pursue the public good. The scholarship provides a comprehensive experience for exceptional students of all backgrounds who seek the opportunity to create lasting and meaningful change. Obama Scholars, who can pursue any field of study Occidental offers, are selected on the basis of a strong record of academic achievement and a demonstrated commitment to the public good, with an emphasis on first-generation students, veterans, and community college transfers.
For the current application cycle, applicants must have at least sophomore status. The program is open to exceptional Oxy students of all backgrounds, with preference given to applicants who are first-generation college students, veterans, and/or community college transfer students. Applicants must be available to participate in all Obama Scholars programming, including an on-campus summer program in the summer, the Obama Scholars Seminar during the academic year, the Obama Scholars Speakers Series and a spring reception.