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On the eve of Michigan's Bicentennial, in 2016, the Leadership Engagement Scholarship was created by students for students. We are developing this scholarship, the first of its kind at the University of Michigan, to remove the cost barriers to extracurricular involvement that many students face. The scholarship will provide financial awards to a cohort of emerging and established leaders with demonstrated need.  The vision of those who created this fund was to realize a campus community in which all students regardless of their income level are able to participate in the rich extracurricular life of Michigan.

Broad in nature, this fund supports student leadership in any and every avenue of campus life, such as Greek Life, student government, club sports, and the performing arts sector. The scholarship is administered by Student Life, in coordination with the Office of Financial Aid. Each class of student award recipients will form a Leadership Cohort, and will later be expected to pay it forward through a commitment to serving as "graduated mentors" to younger students, as well as through sustained engagement with the U-M community.

The Michigan of today was made possible by students of yesterday who drove discovery, shaped innovation, and called on "this Michigan of Ours" to be more just, diverse, sustainable, and affordable for all. In providing the resources for more students to become involved on campus, the Leadership Engagement Scholarship embraces this tradition.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Students must maintain full-time enrollment at the University of Michigan
  • Apply for and receive need-based support through the Office of Financial Aid
  • Currently hold, or aspire to hold, a leadership role in a student organization structure.

Any questions about the scholarship can be directed to If you would like to learn more about the scholarship, please refer to the structure document.


To donate please visit the Leadership Engagement Scholarship giving page.