Are part-time students eligible? Yes

Are cabinet or governing council members eligible? No

Are governing council alternates or 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 time in their application.

How many individual Leadership Scholarship awards are given out per semester?
The number varies each semester depending on what the LeadMN Scholarship Board determines based on the available funds.

Are students who are not involved in LeadMN able to receive the award?
Yes, however non-Minnesota State school students ineligible for any LeadMN 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 State system!

Where can I find the application?  

Scholarship Application

Can I save my application and come back to it later?
Yes! On the introductory page of the application and at the bottom of each page thereafter,  there is a link that says "Save and resume later." Check that link to complete your application at another time!  Special Note:  If you do save and resume later, add all required documents when you are ready to submit your application.

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?
With the new application process, once you complete several questions, the application will identify the scholarships for which you qualify.  There you will see the McCormick Leadership Scholarship if you have met the criteria.

  • The top scoring applicant from the LeadMN leadership scholarship pool is awarded the McCormick Leadership 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?  
Yes, you may reapply for the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship, however a student may only be awarded the McCormick Leadership Scholarship once.

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

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

  • Spring semester scholarship recipients awards are disbursed to the college or university they are attending by January.
  • ​Fall semester scholarship recipients awards are disbursed to the college or university they are attending in by August.
  • All scholarship awards are disbursed directly into the student’s college or university financial account.


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