Prospective LEAD Students
The Alumni Association of the University of Michigan is an independent, non-profit organization which supports the University. We offer merit-based scholarships for accepted, underrepresented incoming freshmen who embody Leadership, Excellence, Achievement, and Diversity (LEAD). The LEAD Scholars program awards a minimum of $5,000 per year for U-M Ann Arbor, U-M Dearborn, or U-M Flint students. The scholarship is renewable for a total of four years (eight semesters).
In addition to the scholarship award, LEAD Scholars become part of a greater community with opportunities for networking with alumni, career guidance, and study groups that promote the connection and success of LEAD Scholars.
Since it began in 2008, LEAD has supported nearly 300 students at the three U-M campuses. We seek to attract and retain students who are African American, Latino, and Native American, supporting the University-wide mission of creating an educational environment that is rooted in equality and inclusion — for the best Michigan.
Applying to the LEAD Scholars Program
The 2017 LEAD Scholarship selection process is now complete, with approximately 700 applications for 55 spaces. ALL scholarship offers have been made and no additional award offers will be extended. A final status email will be sent the week of May 8 to all applicants.
The selection cycle for freshmen enrolling in fall 2018 will begin in December 2017. Students MUST be admitted to the University of Michigan before applying for the LEAD Scholarship.
For questions about the LEAD Scholarship and/or the selection process, please contact Phyllis Taylor, Senior Coordinator of Alumni Student Recruitment & LEAD Scholars, at firstname.lastname@example.org, 800.847.4764, 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.
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
- Enroll full-time
- 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.