Prospective LEAD Students

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

Application deadline for first-round consideration closed on Monday, February 3. First-round decisions on the LEAD Scholarship went out on March 10th, via email (a mailed packet to follow shortly).

To those not offered a first-round LEAD Scholarship, we sent notification, via email on March 11th (please check your spam mailbox, in case it went there). We will automatically review your application for the second round; there is no need for you to reapply.

Application deadline for second-round consideration closed on Wednesday, March 4. We expect to have second-round decisions out by the beginning of April.

If you missed the March 4th deadline, we are still accepting applications for the LEAD Scholarship. In this case, notification will be on a rolling basis until April 30th.

For questions about the LEAD Scholarship and/or the selection process, please contact Phyllis Taylor, Lead Assistant Director of Alumni Student Recruitment & LEAD Scholars, at phtaylor@umich.edu800.847.4764, or 734.764.2316.

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. Our alumni affiliate groups include educational, professional, and special interest groups also offer scholarships to incoming and continuing U-M students from their regions.

LEAD Scholars Requirements

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)
  • Authorize consideration for scholarships on U-M application
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Have undergraduate status
  • Earn a high school GPA of 3.5 or higher
  • Have an SAT score (CR + M) of 1220 or higher or an ACT score of 27 or higher
  • Enhance diversity at U-M as an African American, Latino, or Native American student

Please note: Students who do not meet the GPA and/or test-score thresholds may still be considered for the scholarship.

To continue receiving the LEAD Scholarship in their second through fourth years of study, students must maintain good academic standing, defined as a U-M GPA of 2.0 or higher. In addition, Scholars are required to participate in the LEAD community by attending two LEAD events per semester.

Check out the LEAD community in Action!

Alyson Grigsby, ‘20

The LEAD community presented me with a variety of exclusive resources such as access to alumni and internship and professional development opportunities. My fellow LEAD Scholars also provided me a community of peers to look up to. While we all are LEAD Scholars, everyone’s stories, talents, and skill-sets are all so unique, and they inspire me to do my best every day that I step on to this campus.

Diante Hill, ‘20

It provided me with a community of scholars that looked like me both inside and outside the classroom. It was nice to feel welcomed by the LEAD program and to understand I was not the only student in my situation on campus.

Dominique Cornitcher, ‘20

LEAD offered me a space of support and networking for all four years at my time at Michigan. LEAD events also enhanced my hard and soft skills as I engage with the world around me. 

LEAD Application FAQ

I've been admitted but haven't paid my enrollment deposit yet. Can I still apply for LEAD?

Yes, you can. You do not need to have already paid your enrollment deposit to apply for the LEAD Scholarship. You just have to be admitted to U-M (deferred students must wait to apply for LEAD until they have been officially admitted to U-M).

How do I apply?

The LEAD selection cycle for freshmen enrolling in Fall 2020 is now open. Please complete the LEAD Scholarship Application for consideration.

What is my U-M ID number?

You can find your U-M ID number in the application verification email sent to you by the U-M Admissions Office.

May I submit an essay I used elsewhere?

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.

Is this scholarship based on financial need?

The LEAD Scholarship 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.

If I have applied to a Preferred Admission program and have not heard back, do I list it in the LEAD application?

Ann Arbor campus students: If you have also applied to a Preferred Admission (PA) program and are still awaiting a decision, for 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.

When will I hear whether I was accepted into the LEAD Scholars program?

Offer letters will be mailed beginning in March and continue through April. These letters will include the amount of the scholarship award and an official acceptance form for students to sign and return.

Students who were not offered a scholarship will be notified via email by May 6.

Who do I contact with additional questions?

If you have questions about the LEAD Scholars program and/or the selection process, please contact Phyllis Taylor, Lead Assistant Director, Alumni Student Recruitment & LEAD Scholars, at phtaylor@umich.edu800.847.4764, or 734.764.2316.