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Gordon Leadership Scholars

The Gordon Scholars program, established by Doris and Bernard Gordon, is a four-year Jewish leadership scholarship opportunity in the York College Honors Community. 

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A Scholars Program that Strengthens Students' Leadership Skills

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. This scholars program works to strengthen students' leadership skills, helping them acquire Jewish language and thought to frame their understanding of leadership.

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 represent a broad range of Jewish backgrounds and are passionate about learning and Jewish life.

This scholarship application is currently closed and will open for fall 2025 shortly.

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

Program Requirements

  • 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

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

Contact Us

Gordon Center for Jewish Student Life

253 W. Springettsbury Avenue
York, PA 17403
Phone: 717.815.2041

Julianna Orkin
Coordinator of Jewish Student Life
Phone: 717.815.2041