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 and ask at least two people to read over the application and make suggestions.
  • 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.