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MSCSA Leadership Scholarship


The Minnesota State College Student Association (MSCSA) scholarship program rewards emerging student leaders for their community service and their academic achievement. The MSCSA Leadership Scholarship winners serve their community in many ways–everything from mentoring Head Start students to organizing youth groups to volunteering as a translator. 

The application for the Minnesota State College Student Association Leadership Scholarship includes:

  • A copy of your school transcript (does not need to be an official transcript).
  • Two letters of recommendation from community, campus, or organization leaders who can discuss your leadership skills (at least one letter should be from a peer)
  • A résumé detailing specific leadership roles you’ve held

Your typed responses to the following essay questions, which should be between 300 and 750 words in length each:

  1. What leadership skills do you have and how have you used them in your education, community and employment?
  2. What does leadership mean to you?
  3. What are your educational and career goals?
  4. How would this scholarship help you to continue to grow as a leader now, and in the future?

To be eligible for the Minnesota State College Student Association Leadership Scholarship, you must:

  • Be a current student at one of the 32 Minnesota State Colleges and Universities (students attending private colleges or the University of Minnesota system are not eligible); and Have a cumulative grade point average (G.P.A.) of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale.
  • Scholarships are awarded to undergraduate students who demonstrate strong leadership skills and a commitment to serving others. Graduate and PSEO students are not eligible.
  • Applications are due May 1 for fall semester and November 1 for spring semester.  
  • Members of the MSCSA Governing Council are not eligible for the Leadership Scholarship. 

If you have any questions please contact the MSCSA office at 651-297-5877 or by email.


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The Minnesota State University Student Association, Minnesota State College Student Association and the MnSCU Foundation have partnered to create the McCormick Student Leadership Scholarship. The scholarship program will honor the work of Chancellor James and Dr. Maryan McCormick, the scholarship will provide financial support to students who demonstrate leadership in academics, extracurricular activities and community service. 

Undergraduate students attending MnSCU colleges and universities will automatically be considered for both the MSCSA Leadership Scholarship and the McCormick Leadership scholarship upon submitting their application. Graduate students submitting an application will be considered only for the McCormick Leadership Scholarship.


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