Emerging Leader Master's Award

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.

How to Apply

  1. Complete program application here (please refer to eligibility section above to review qualified programs). 
  2. Submit a scholarship essay between 500-1000 words describing how you will make an impact on an issue within the field of education or counseling that needs to be addressed.
  3. Log in to the application portal, open the submitted application and scroll down to the upload Materials tool (paper submissions will not be accepted).  
  4. NOTE: Scholarship essays will be reviewed alongside program 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.


Application due at the same time as program application 

December 15, 2022

March 15, 2023

June 15, 2023

Scholarship recipients will be notified in conjunction with their acceptance into the program.