Emerging Leader Master's Award

Scholarship application deadline is the same as the program application deadline.

emerging leader master's award


  • Applicants must be a new master’s degree student to an approved School of Education program for the September 2022 start. Master of Arts in Learning and Teaching (MALT) students are not eligible.
    • Master of Arts in Clinical Mental Health Counseling
    • Master of Arts in Educational Administration
    • Master of Arts in Higher Education
    • Master of Arts in Higher Education – Student Affairs
    • Master of Arts in School and College Counseling
  • Award winners may not defer their enrollment to the 2023-2024 September start, but are encouraged to reapply. 
  • Award winners remain eligible for the award if they stop out of the program if the stop-out period is less than one calendar year.
  • Awards may be transferred to another degree or academic program within the School of Education.

Application Process

  1. Complete the Master's degree program application here.
  2. Submit a scholarship application essay between 500-1000 words. Essay Question: Describe how you will make an impact on an issue in the field of education or counseling that needs to be addressed.
  3. Log in to the application portal and click scholarship application button at the bottom right of the application portal
  4. Students must submit all scholarship application items electronically. Paper submissions will not be accepted.
  5. NOTE: Scholarship applications will be reviewed at the same time as admissions applications. 


  • Award winners will receive up to a 20% discount off the cost of tuition in their chosen program. 
  • Students may receive this award concurrently with a strategic partner discount, not to exceed 35% discount in total. 
  • Students may receive this award concurrently with a Graduate Assistantship position.
  • This award has no cash value.


Please note that deadlines occur on the same date every year. 

Degree Program Application Due March 1, 2022
Scholarship Application Due March 1, 2022
Scholarship Notifications  
Award Acceptance and Registration Due  
Program Start September 6, 2022