The Nordenberg Leadership Scholars Program is designed to reward the best and brightest student leaders from high schools in Pennsylvania who have demonstrated excellent leadership skills, innovative thinking, intellectual curiosity, and community involvement.

Nordenberg Leadership Scholars are provided with the resources for a rich collegiate experience with opportunities for academic achievement, leadership development, civic engagement, and interaction with organizations and corporations in the Pittsburgh region.

Scholarship Details

Each year, up to five graduating high school seniors from Pennsylvania will be selected to participate in the four-year program. Nordenberg Leadership Scholars will each receive a full-tuition scholarship for eight terms which may include one international experience as well as assistance with securing internship positions throughout their time at Pitt.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Pennsylvania residency
  • U.S. Citizen or Permanent Resident
  • Full-time enrollment at the Pittsburgh campus
  • Complete the Nordenberg Leadership Scholars application process

Application Process

The application process for this award is now closed.

Selection Process

Representatives of the University of Pittsburgh Office of Admissions and Financial Aid and the Division of Student Affairs will interview a select number of semifinalists by March 1. Recipients of the Nordenberg Leadership Scholarships will be notified of their selection on or before April 1.

Scholarship Renewal Requirements

The Nordenberg Leadership Scholarship can be used for four years/eight semesters of full-time undergraduate study at the University of Pittsburgh, Pittsburgh campus. To renew the scholarship on an annual basis, recipients must:

  • Remain enrolled as a full-time student (minimum of 12 credits per semester)
  • Maintain a 3.00 cumulative grade point average

Meet Some Current Scholars

Sarah Braza

Sai Bhatte
Neuroscience and Economic Major, Sophomore
South Fayette, PA

Before becoming a college student, I spent a summer participating in the Health Career Scholars Academy at the University of Pittsburgh and was able to stay in a residence hall on campus. This four-week experience gave me a sneak peek into life as a Pitt student and showed me just how friendly people are around here and how alive this campus is. When I started to look at college options, I was mostly looking to be able to explore different degree programs without committing to just one single major – and Pitt gave me that opportunity. As a student here, I have become a teaching assistant for a brain and behavior course, which is a neuroscience introductory course. I am also part of Spoon University — a student-led forum that uses media to inform others about food in the area. This has become a hobby of mine and I have written several stories on the forum. Additionally, I am part of the Student Health Advisory Board, which focuses on using a public health approach to better our campus. The Nordenberg Scholarship has provided me with a community of scholars that are involved in great things and provide advice for both personal and professional growth. I have built some of my closest friendships through this program and I am extremely grateful

Sarah Braza

Sarah Braza
Marketing and Supply Chain Management, Sophomore
Doylstown, PA

The Nordenberg Scholars Program really sweeps you into career planning and leadership early on and gives you what you need to make your ideas a reality. I am a Vice President of Public Relations in Phi Beta Lambda — on of Pitt Business’s professional organizations — a position I ran for in my freshman year. It was a great experience to get up in front of 80 people as a freshman and make a case for myself as the top candidate and turn in a strategic plan for my position. I am also part of the American Marketing Association, the Lutheran University Center, Student Alumni Association, and Kappa Delta sorority. One thing I really love about studying at Pitt is the camaraderie and Pitt pride. I love going to Pitt football and basketball games, our bonfire and pep rally, and homecoming. Studying in the city of Pittsburgh is also amazing. There are so many great people funneling through Pittsburgh right now and I feel like it’s such a relevant place to be. On top of all of that, I honestly believe Pitt is such a big school, yet one student is able to make a huge impact. I’ve seen it many times and I hope to do the same myself. I feel like everyone here is just trying to leave Pitt better than they found it.

Daniel Porter

Daniel Porter
Industrial Engineering Major, Junior
Pittsburgh, PA

When I thought about what I was looking for in a college experience, I knew that I wanted to be in a good engineering program, I wanted to have study abroad opportunities, and a good co-op program – Pitt certainly met these criteria. In my time at Pitt, I have really enjoyed being involved in Theta Tau, an engineering fraternity that focuses on leadership, service, and professional development – I am currently the new member educator for the fraternity. Study abroad is really important to me too! So far, I have been able to visit Vietnam and China – and Ghana is next on my list! Additionally, I am part of a co-op program with FedEx Supply Chain where I get to travel to different cities throughout the nation. This opportunity has been a great way to gain experience as an industrial engineering major. Overall, Pitt has been extremely supportive and the administrators have bent over backwards for me to be able to study abroad and still meet my curriculum requirements. With early planning, I have been able to fit a lot on my schedule and have been surrounded by a support system through the Nordenberg Scholarship. The scholarship has exposed me to many things I otherwise would not have been involved in like the Emerging Leaders program, Leadership in Action, and the Panther Leadership Summit. I have grown so much professionally – and it all ties back to the network of advisors and other scholars that make me want to be better. This institution has allowed me to travel the world and also be the best engineer I can possibly be.