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Doris and Bernard Gordon Leadership Scholarship

The Gordon Scholars program is a four-year Jewish leadership scholarship opportunity in the York College Honors Community. This scholars program works to strengthen students' leadership skills, helping them to acquire Jewish language and thought to frame their understanding of leadership. The Gordon family established the program "for the purpose of increasing the number and visibility of Jewish students" at the College. Therefore, Gordon Scholars are expected to serve as active members of Hillel and leaders of Jewish student life during their time at YCP. Four Gordon Leadership Scholarships are awarded each year.

Gordon Leadership Scholars graduate with: 

  • A Jewish community
  • A relationship with a Jewish mentor
  • An understanding of their own leadership philosophy
  • Self-awareness regarding their own leadership offerings, including strengths, areas for growth, and their context as a leader
  • Increased knowledge of Jewish ideals and history
  • A leadership skill set to apply beyond college

Gordon Scholars build and demonstrate leadership abilities in group and individual initiatives developed through "design thinking" processes. In addition to leadership, these students exhibit a desire to be part of a cohort experience and show a demonstrable level of grit. They are passionate about both learning and Jewish life, and represent a broad range of Jewish backgrounds.

For full consideration, applicants should e-mail gordoncenter@ycp.edu for more information about this scholarship opportunity.

The application period for this scholarship ends March 1, 2024.

Gordon Center Group Shot
Jewish life at York College is an active scene, with religious and community events held throughout the year.
An exterior view of the Gordon Center shows a brick building with a white porch beside a blooming tree and green yard.
The Gordon Center is home to the Gordon Leadership Scholars, Hillel, and a number of campus events and initiatives related to Jewish student life.

Program RequirementsFostering leadership and community

  • Maintain a minimum GPA of 3.0
  • Attend and participate in the Gordon Scholars Retreat
  • Complete eight leadership and service hours each month
  • Reflect on your experiences
  • Uphold the mission and core values of the Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life
Contact Us
Doris and Bernard Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life
Gordon Center for Jewish Life
253 W. Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
Phone: 717.815.2041

Julianna Orkin
Coordinator of Jewish Student Life
Phone: 717.815.2041