LeadMN, in conjunction with Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz, established the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Scholarship. Recognizing a long-term commitment to students and to LeadMN, Dr. Frantz has been a friend and mentor for those in the association. His thoughtful consideration of decisions, his ability to mediate discussions, and his delicately explained accounts of LeadMN history have made Dr. Frantz a crucial resource for LeadMN. This scholarship program is intended to provide financial assistance to Minnesota State College and Universities (Minnesota State) students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service with a priority given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • Be an undergraduate or graduate student enrolled in any Minnesota State Colleges and Universities institutions who demonstrates leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community or national service. PSEO students are ineligible.
  • Priority will be given to those who are serving or have served in good standing in any branch of the United States Military or other U.S. national service and have exhausted federal and state service related education benefits excluding the Minnesota GI Bill.
  • Are in good academic standing as determined by the campus where they are enrolled.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Complete and submit online application by April 1. This scholarship will be awarded for the fall semester only. (The application for the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship is the same as the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship.)
  • Submit your typed responses to the following essay questions, which should be between 300 and 750 words in length each:
  1. What leadership skills do you have and how have you used them in your education, community and employment?
  2. What does leadership mean to you?
  3. What are your educational and career goals?
  4. How would this scholarship help you to continue to grow as a leader now, and in the future?
  • Two letters of recommendation from community, campus, or organization leaders who can discuss your leadership skills (at least one letter should be from a peer).
  • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).
  • A résumé detailing specific leadership roles you’ve held, including any military service.

Helpful Links

Scholarship application Letter of recommendation form