Leading Scholar Award

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The Leading Scholar Award recognizes resident and non-resident high school seniors who have demonstrated outstanding leadership and scholarly achievements both in and outside the classroom. 

The resident value: Multiple Michigan resident students will be awarded scholarships equivalent to regular full-time tuition, plus room and board and $1,000 towards fees and other expenses each year. In addition, in-state students selected as finalists will receive scholarships valued at $10,000 per year.

The non-resident value: Multiple out-of-state students will receive a value equivalent to regular full-time nonresident tuition. In addition, out-of-state students selected as finalists will receive scholarships valued at $20,000 per year. Students receiving the Leading Scholar Award or the $20,000 National Scholars Program Award are not eligible to receive additional National Scholars Program Award funds.

Non-resident Alumni Legacy or Military Family Education awardees who are selected as one of the three full-value Leading Scholar Awards will receive a scholarship equivalent to regular full-time resident tuition. Non-resident Alumni Legacy students who are among the other seven awardees will receive a $10,000 (per year) Presidential Leading Scholars Scholarship.

The essay question for first-year students entering in fall 2022: Write a one page essay response (3000 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."

Additional Details

If you have questions regarding the Michigan Tech Leading Scholar Award, contact the financial aid staff at 888-688-1885, or email scholarships@mtu.edu.