Give to LEAD Scholarships

LEAD Scholars hold a "Thank You" sign outside the Alumni Center at the University of Michigan

Giving to the LEAD Scholars Program helps underrepresented accepted students attend the University of Michigan. LEAD stands for Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity. Your support provides more than just financial assistance — recipients form a community of scholars who grow together through career exploration, alumni and peer mentoring, leadership, community service, and social opportunities. Thanks to you, we’re creating a more diverse campus, making for a better education, and a better University.

“The LEAD Scholars Program is unparalleled. There is a huge sense of community and support that motivates students not only to excel academically, but to aim for the best careers, internships, and experiences post-graduation.”

— Monique Becker, LEAD Scholar Alum ’15

Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship

Your gift to the Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Scholarship Fund will recruit accepted African American students and recognize their academic achievement through merit-based scholarships. This is a focused effort within our LEAD Scholars Program to provide opportunities specifically within the African American community.

Mary Stewart Scholarship

Recruiting scholarship to address racial diversity in the undergraduate student population for African American students admitted to the University of Michigan pursuing any degree.

Gabriel Hargo Scholarship Fund for Michigan Law

Recruiting scholarship to address racial diversity in the graduate student population for African Americans admitted to the University of Michigan pursuing a Law degree.

Bequests and Estate Plan Gifts

Including the LEAD Scholars Program in your will or trust is an easy way for you to leave a lasting impact on the University of Michigan. To learn more, including why it’s beneficial to document your intention with us, please download and review the below documents. Questions? Please contact us at

Why Your Gift Matters

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