LEAD Scholarship Student Application

We appreciate your interest in the LEAD Scholars program! Students MUST be admitted to the University of Michigan before applying for the LEAD Scholarship.

  • The LEAD Scholarship application is now available for first-year admitted students planning to enroll at U-M for fall 2023.
  • You must first be admitted to U-M (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint) before applying for the LEAD Scholarship.
  • Apply by February 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET (Deadline Extended) for first-round consideration and March 27 at 11:59 p.m. ET for second-round consideration. Applications submitted after March 27 will be reviewed on a rolling basis; scholarship offers will conclude by April 28.
  • For those that applied for first round consideration, scholarship offers will be emailed in late-March. For those that applied by or after March 27, scholarship offers will be made on a rolling basis throughout the month of April, scholarship offers will conclude by April 28. If you applied for the first round and do not receive an offer, you will continue to be considered throughout the process, no need to reapply.
  • It is a competitive selection process. Last year, we received nearly 1,100 applications for limited spots in the fall 2022 LEAD cohort of 72 scholars.
  • As you consider attending U-M, we invite you to Mpression: The Black Michigan Experience on Tuesday, March 21 at 6:30 p.m. ETThis special webinar, in partnership with The Raise: Generations of Black Excellence—a group of alumni and friends advancing Black philanthropy at Michigan—will host a panel of current students and alumni who will share meaningful insight about the Michigan experience and how to make the most of your Michigan journey.

For questions about the LEAD Scholarship and/or the selection process, please contact [email protected]

Looking for additional scholarship opportunities? Many of our alumni clubs and alumni affiliate groups also offer scholarships to incoming and continuing U-M students from their regions.

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To be considered for the LEAD Scholars program, admitted students must:
  • Be an incoming freshman at the University of Michigan (Ann Arbor, Dearborn, or Flint campus)
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
For the full LEAD Scholars requirements, go to our Prospective Students page.

If you are unable to complete the application in one sitting, you will have the option to save your progress and resume at a later date. To do this, simply select the 'Save Progress and Resume Later' checkbox in the upper righthand corner of the screen. Please note that only fully completed applications will be considered. 

Contact Information & High School - Page 1


8 digit number located in your acceptance email from U-M and in the Common App.

*Please enter at least one phone number below.

If your phone number is outside the U.S., please put it here (dashes and dots accepted)
High School

U-M Admission & Financial Aid - Page 2

U-M Admission

Financial Aid
What other scholarships have you applied for? Please list the scholarship name and amount.

What other scholarships have you been awarded? Please list the scholarship name and amount you were awarded.

Demographics - Page 3


What is the highest level of education completed by your parents or guardian?

What are the occupations of your parents or guardian?

Academic Interests & LEAD Scholars Application - Page 4

Academic Interests and Plan
What is the top major you would like to study? (Specifying one major is required, you may add more if you wish.)

LEAD Scholars Program Application

Please share what extracurricular activities you participated in during high school, how many years you were involved, i.e 1 or 2 or 6, and the position(s) you held.

COVID-19 Essay

Short Essay - Page 5

Short Essay (300 words or less)

Long Essay - Page 6

Long Essay (500 words or less)

By clicking the "Review My Application" button, you will be taken to a Review page. Here you can re-read your responses and make edits if necessary. You need to scroll to the bottom and click "Confirm" at the bottom of the review page once you are satisfied with your application.


Once you click "Confirm," you'll receive an email confirmation noting that your application was received.