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

Candidates must submit a completed application for admission and the PA Scholars Application no later than December 1. (Note: the PA Scholars Application need only submitted once for both Nordenberg and Stamps Scholarship consideration.) Students who have previously submitted an application will be notified of their status to later than March 1.

Please note: The Application for Stamps and Nordenberg scholarships will be available on September 1.

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 3.0 cumulative grade point average

Meet Some Current Scholars

Maria Pongibove

Maria Pongibove
Neuroscience (pre-med), Chemistry Minor, Conceptual Foundations of Medicine Certificate, Senior
Irwin, PA

The Nordenberg Scholars Program is very structured and focuses on developing leadership skills and career development. It’s a very holistic experience, ensuring we get the best out of our undergraduate years here. It’s really helped me grow as a person and figure out what I’d like to do with my life. In my freshman and sophomore years, I was part of the Service to Others Living Learning Community and last year I was on the Service Leadership Committee in the Office of PittServes. I was able to delve into a lot of different projects on campus and throughout the city. This year, I spend a lot of my time working in UPMC Shadyside’s Hospital Elder Life Program (HELP). It’s a great opportunity for me to start building patient interaction skills. In the summer of my freshman year, I started in a neuroscience research lab which focuses on neurocognitive development and I have worked on my own project focusing on schizophrenia. I am still working in the same lab — in fact, I am working on my first research publication. I am also serving as an Outside the Classroom Curriculum Ambassador (OCC). The OCC is ensures every student can reach their fullest potential and experience all facets of life as an undergraduate. The main thing the Nordenberg Scholars Program has given me is the confidence to pursue my interests, build networks, and mature as leader in my community.

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.