Emerging Leaders Scholarship (Student Academic Success)

The Emerging Leaders Scholarship is awarded to in-state and out-of-state first-year students who demonstrate an interest in leadership development and qualify for eligibility according to our requirements. It is available to first time students and renewable for up to 4 years for students attending the main University of Memphis campus. Applicants must have applied and been accepted to the University of Memphis. Eligible Students must have a 3.0 GPA (on a 4.0 scale.)

After the initial application process, an interview process will be conducted before the final Emerging Leader cohort is chosen. The interview process will take place on-campus in mid-February during business hours. Students who are chosen for the interview process will receive further details via email. In the event that a student cannot travel to the University, there will be a virtual interview opportunity.

Note: The scholarship cannot be combined with University wide academic scholarships, including Dean, Provost or Presidential scholarships.

Renewable Criteria
1. Renewable with maintenance of 3.00 cumulative GPA.
2. Renewable each semester with the completion of all paperwork and other program responsibilities, including workshops, campus and community involvement, professional development activities, academic coursework, and speaker and program specific meeting attendance, as outlined and communicated by program staff each fall and spring semester.
3. Recipient must enroll as a full-time student during the fall and spring semester, completing at least 12 credit hours per semester and 24 hours annually. No scholarship will be available during summer classes.
4. Selected applicants must attend New Student Orientation (separate from student athlete orientation), Frosh Camp, and a retreat for incoming Emerging Leaders in the summer before their first semester. All dates will be communicated at the time of selection.
5. Students must live in the Emerging Leaders Learning Community during the first year of the program and must remain enrolled at the main University of Memphis campus during all semesters the scholarship is awarded. Housing costs are the responsibility of the student and not included within the $5,500 scholarship amount.

Supplemental Questions
  1. Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program Contact Information
    • Please provide your home phone number.
    • Please provide your mobile phone number.
    • Please provide your personal email address.
  2. Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program Questions
    • Are you planning to attend the main campus?
    • Candidates must submit documentation that demonstrates their leadership background and interest in a leadership development program. How do you define Leadership? What skills, behaviors, qualities, and characteristics does a leader need to have to be successful? For a more detailed example please visit our website:
    • Describe a situation in your community that you would like to change or improve. What strategies and steps would you take to create change in this area?
    • Emerging Leaders are required to live on-campus throughout their first year at the University of Memphis. Those accepted to the Emerging Leaders program will be required to reside in the residence hall designated by the program and on the Emerging Leaders floor in order to receive the Emerging Leaders Scholarship. Are you able to comply with this requirement for your first year at the University of Memphis?
    • Leadership involves engaging with a multitude of diverse people. How have you worked alongside those who are different than yourself? What did you learn?
    • Please upload a photo.
    • The Emerging Leaders Scholarship Program provides enriching experiences to a selective group of dedicated students. What is your primary motivation for applying? Please tell us why this type of program is interesting to you and why you should be selected. (Max 500 words).
    • What are the most important values you demonstrate as a leader? Provide an example of these in practice.
    • What past leadership experience has been the most transformational? What did you learn, and how did that experience affect your perspective on leadership? (400 words maximum)
    • Who inspires you and informs your style of leadership? Talk about why they inspire you and what their specific form of leadership may be. (500 words maximum)