Michigan Tech’s premier scholarship program recognizes resident and non-resident high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and scholarly achievements both in and outside the classroom.
This scholarship program is open to first-year students enrolling in their first fall semester at Michigan Technological University. As a part of the selection process, students will submit an essay and provide details about their involvement in extracurricular activities. Finalists will be invited to attend one of the in-person events to be held in January and February where they will participate in team building activities, meet faculty, and connect with other finalists. More importantly, this visit is designed for students to meet other students and learn more about the programs available to them at Michigan Tech.
By attending the on-campus event as a finalist, students will have the chance to earn scholarships ranging from $2,000 to full tuition!
Essay Question for fall 2023 applicants: Write a one page essay response (3,000 character maximum including spaces) on the following topic: "Leaders have the ability to ask outstanding questions that make people think and inspire action. What question do you feel you should answer for this scholarship application? Tell us your question, and provide your answer—be sure to draw on your leadership experience or include your future leadership goals in your response. There is no wrong answer (or question), so have fun—and don't be afraid to think outside the box."
Academically talented high school seniors with leadership experience are encouraged to apply. In general, applicants should meet the following academic guidelines:
- 3.30 or higher cumulative GPA at time of application (on a 4.00 scale)
Finalists will be selected based on acceptance status, essay, and involvement.
- Students must apply for admission to Michigan Tech by November 1.
- Complete the Leading Scholar Award application by November 1. Create an account using your personal email address and set your own password. If you have already set up your Application Portal or applied for Michigan Tech scholarships, log in to your current account.
The University Scholarship Committee is interested in getting to know you. Students will be evaluated on not only the leadership experiences highlighted in their essay, but in the way the information is conveyed through writing. The committee will also consider the students' involvement both inside and outside the classroom. We receive over 1,100 applications each year for this award—the essay plays a large role in the selection process. We advise you to avoid writing your resume in essay format. Inject your personality and think creatively to set yourself apart!
- Do your best to think of a question and response that will best convey your leadership experiences to us. We want to know who you are, get a glimpse of your personality, and learn about the positive qualities that you will bring to Michigan Tech.
- Don't think about what we want to read--think about what you want to write about.
- We encourage your essay to focus not only on your accomplishments, but on the type
of person you have become as a result of those achievements.
- Try to avoid writing a resume and instead focus on how you have used the skills you
have gained to positively influence a leadership outcome or experience.
- Your essay response is limited to a maximum of 3000 characters including spaces. You
may return to your essay any time before the deadline to make changes to your essay
- With these suggestions in mind, ensure that your essay is well written, free of errors, follows the instructions, and is submitted on time. The application system will close at 11:59 p.m. (eastern time) on November 1—late submissions will not be accepted.
- November 1: Leading Scholar applications are due by 11:59 p.m. (eastern time). You must also have a completed application for admission on file by this date.
- December 15: Finalists are selected and notified no later than December 15. Notification will be made on the Leading Scholar application portal. Students not selected as a finalist will be notified on the application portal.
- January 13, 20, 27 and February 3, 13, 17: On-campus in-person finalist event. Finalists will register to attend one event; dates are first-come, first-served.
- Week of March 1: Award notifications are mailed.
All finalists who attend one of the on-campus events will receive one of the following scholarships which are valued between $2,000 per year up to full tuition.
- Leading Scholar Commended Finalist Award: $2,000 per year
- Leading Scholar Distinguished Finalist Award: $4,500 per year
- Leading Scholar Award
- Michigan Residents: full tuition, room and board, and $1,000 stipend (approximately $30,354) per year
- Non-Michigan Residents: full non-resident tuition (approximately $39,256) per year
Other applicants not named finalists for the Leading Scholar Award may be selected for the Distinguished Leader Award based on their application materials. This award is automatic—there is no requirement to attend an on-campus event.
For full scholarship details including renewal criteria, please see the Leading Scholar Award Details.
If you have questions regarding the Michigan Tech Leading Scholar Award, contact the financial aid staff at 888-688-1885, or email firstname.lastname@example.org.