Apply for the LEAD Scholars Program
The 2024 application for the LEAD Scholars program will open in late January 2024 for students entering U-M in fall 2024.
For questions about the LEAD Scholars program and/or the selection process, please contact [email protected].
Frequently Asked Questions
Click here to see the full breakdown of academic performance guidelines for the LEAD Scholars program.
Yes, you can. You do not need to have already paid your enrollment deposit to apply for the LEAD Scholars program. You just have to be admitted to U-M (postponed students must wait to apply for LEAD until they have been officially admitted to U-M).
You can find your U-M ID number in the application verification email sent to you by the U-M Admissions Office.
The LEAD selection committee does not receive any essays that you may have written for your U-M Common Application. You can submit them with your LEAD application if they are relevant to our essay prompts.
The LEAD Scholars program is merit-based, and students of all financial backgrounds are eligible. You do not have to fill out the FAFSA or CSS Profile to be considered for LEAD. However, if you do have any special financial circumstances, please be sure to mention that in your essay or submit your U-M Financial Aid Package Report.
Ann Arbor campus students: If you have also applied to a Preferred Admission program and are still awaiting a decision, for the purpose of the LEAD application, please choose the school/college you are currently admitted to. If that changes during the LEAD selection process, just let us know.
For those who applied for first-round consideration, scholarship offers will be emailed in late March. For those who applied for second-round consideration, scholarship offers will be made on a rolling basis throughout the month of April. Scholarship offers will conclude by late April.
If you applied for the first round and did not receive an offer, you will continue to be considered throughout the process. No need to reapply.