The LeadMN scholarship program rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and their academic achievement. LeadMN Leadership Scholarship winners serve their community in many ways–everything from mentoring Head Start students to organizing youth groups to volunteering as a translator.

Scholarship Qualifications

  • You must be a current student at one of the 37 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (students attending private colleges or the University of Minnesota system are ineligible); and have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Graduate and PSEO students are ineligible.
  • Applications are due April 1 for fall semester awards and November 1 for spring semester awards.
  • LeadMN Governing Council Representatives and the LeadMN Cabinet are ineligible for the Leadership Scholarship. LeadMN Governing Council Alternates are eligible.

Scholarship Requirements

  • Complete and submit the online application.
  • 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.

Helpful Links

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