Are part-time students eligible? Yes

Are cabinet or governing council members eligible? No

Are platform committee members are eligible? Yes

How many individual Leadership Scholarship applications are received per semester?
We have a very competitive pool each semester so we encourage everyone to really invest in his or her application.

How many individual Leadership Scholarship awards are given out per semester?
The number varies each semester depending on what the board decides and based on our available funds.

Are students who are not involved in LeadMN able to receive the award?
Yes, however non-Minnesota State school students, PSEO students, and graduate school students are ineligible for the Leadership Scholarships. Graduate students are eligible to receive the McCormick Leadership Scholarship and the Dr. Steve and Darla Frantz Leadership Endowed Scholarship.

Are international students eligible to apply? Yes, for most of them.

If I am at DCTC this semester but will be attending the U of M next semester can I still apply for the scholarship?
No, unfortunately you will still have to be attending a Minnesota State institution when your award is dispersed. 

I am attending DCTC but will be transferring to Bemidji State University next semester, am I still eligible?
Yes. All two and four year college and university students are eligible as long as they are in the Minnesota system!

Where can I find the application?  
Here is a link to the online application

Can I save my application and come back to it later?
Yes! At the top of the form, there is a button that says "Save my progress and resume later." Check that box to complete your application at another time!

Are applications accepted in paper form now that the form is online?
Paper applications are only accepted by pre-approval.

Where is the application for the McCormick Scholarship?
It is the same application as the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship.

  • We will be taking the top scoring applicant from the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship and awarding that student the McCormick Scholarship.

How much is the McCormick Scholarship Award? $1,500

How much is the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship Award? $1,250

If I have already received the LeadMN or McCormick Leadership Scholarship, can I apply again?  
No, only LeadMN Leadership Scholarship is renewable.

When is the deadline for applying?  
November 1 and April 1 at 11:59 PM. 

When would I receive the scholarship money if I were awarded?

  • Scholarship winners from the November 1 round will receive their award in January.
  • ​Scholarship winners from the April 1 round will receive their award in August.
  • All scholarship awards are disbursed directly to the student’s college or university financial account in which they are attending.


If you have a disability that may impact your ability to complete a scholarship application, please contact LeadMN Manager of Equity and Inclusion May Yang at 651-203-9466 or to discuss reasonable accommodations. Students are also encouraged to contact their campus’s disability services office for assistance.