LEAD Scholarship Foundation

The LEAD Scholarship offers a one time financial award of varying amounts to students of African Descent in their senior year of high school. The number of awards distributed and award amount varies each year. Scholarship awards can vary and can reach a maximum of up to $5,000 USD. Actual scholarship amounts are based upon fundraising totals for the year. Immediate family members of LEAD members or Merck Employees are NOT eligible due to the non-profit charitable, 501c3 status of the LEAD Scholarship Foundation, Inc.

Annual Amount

Scholarship awards can vary and can reach a maximum of up to $5,000

Additional Selection Criteria

Scholarship Criteria

  • Must be a legal resident of the United States
  • African American student completing senior year of high school (students currently attending college/university are ineligible)
  • Must plan to attend an accredited 2 (community college) or 4 year college or university
  • Provide evidence of scholarly achievement and extensive community service
  • GPA of B or higher
  • Strong communication skills both written, oral and in an interview settings
  • Demonstrate financial need (candidates are required to share FAFSA and supporting information during application process)
  • Open to all fields of study

Application Process

For application, go to:  http://leadscholarshipfoundation.com/application.htm

Complete the online application and submit all supporting documentation by the deadline.  Failure to complete questions or requested documents may render you ineligible for the scholarship.


April 15, 2021

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