Leading Scholar Award

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 2024 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 answerbe 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 funand don't be afraid to think outside the box."

Students who were previously awarded a Presidential Leading Scholar Award or a National Leading Scholar Award can view information about their awards here.