Tips for successfully winning a scholarship

  • Read the entire application before getting started.
  • Be sure you meet all minimum qualifications.
  • Essays should be between 300 and 750 words in length per question.
  • Describe the work you show on your leadership resume.
  • Write an original answer about your personal leadership experience.
  • Think of the prompt, “if my life went perfectly, what would I like to be/do”.
  • If you had extra dollars towards your education how would that affect you.
  • Proofread your entire application. It is suggested to have a second person read the application to make sure there were no grammatical errors. English tutors are available onsite at all campuses, plus development and financial aid directors may be willing to help.
  • Submitting one application enters you for both the LeadMN Leadership Scholarship and the McCormick Leadership Scholarship.

Letter(s) of Recommendation

  • Start this step first. You will be depending on someone else for this section of the application, which you should allow ample time for.
  • If the application requires two letters of recommendation, please make one from a peer.
  • Choose a recommender who knows you well, a person you trust to get the letter in on time and has good writing skills.
  • Ask them to include information in the letter about your academic success, leadership in school, and leadership in your community.
  • Follow up with them to confirm submission and thank them for their time.

Leadership Resume

This is different from a regular resume for a job, when writing this, think about:

  • Three components that represent your strengths,
  • Academic success, and 
  • Leadership in your school and in your community.


  • Include school name and your student ID number.
  • It does not need to be an official transcript.