Scholarships & Awards

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The National Society of Leadership and Success allocates two dollars from each membership fee to the Scholarship and Grant Program. The total monetary value of the program changes each year based on the growth of our national membership.

All award and scholarship applications must be submitted electronically through the application form section of our website. In order for your entry to be considered, please remember to include the following with your submission:

  • Fully completed application
  • Required components as per the scholarship or award listing
  • All Supporting documents

The Society receives a large volume of submissions each semester and winners are chosen by the National Review Board through a highly selective process. Due to this competitive environment, members are encouraged to submit their best work in order to increase the chances of receiving a scholarship or award. The National Review Board checks submissions for proper eligibility and truthfulness. Fraudulent applications will result in a disqualification of the application and a revocation of the submitter's Society membership. The Society retains the right not to award a scholarship or grant at any given time, with the funds rolling over to the next award period.

Any questions regarding applications can be directed to awards@societyleadership.org.

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Digital Community Action Award

Award Amount: $50 | Submission Dates: Announced monthly on Facebook

Awarded to 12 members per year, winners will be announced the first week of each month (for the previous month). This award encourages positive community interactions and sharing of collective knowledge through digital media.

Award

  • $50 prepaid Visa card.

Eligibility

Successful candidates will demonstrate the following:

  • Member of the Society.
  • Must have an active Facebook account.

To Apply

Post links to relevant leadership content on the Society's Facebook page. Examples of what to post include information on leadership events, deals on leadership books or other media, online articles about leadership or personal success, news articles about or from leaders, significant messages for other members.

Every post submitted on the Society Facebook page enters poster into the drawing. The award and winners will be announced on Facebook.





Local Chapter Awards

Award Amount: $100/chapter | Submission Dates: Locally determined



Once per year, chapters are rewarded $100. This is kept in the chapter account and used for purposes of giving out monetary awards to members. The funds may be divided up as the chapter sees fit and therefore may be for any amount (i.e. 4 awards in the amount of $25). Chapters usually decide the criteria for these awards. This $100 may not be used for membership or chapter dues.

Emerging Leader Scholarship

Award Amount: $1,000 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

Awarded to up to 14 members annually, the Emerging Leader Scholarship is intended to recognize and reward demonstrated leadership ability and accomplishment. Scholarships are awarded twice per year, with funds distributed directly to the academic institution to apply against tuition and fees.

Award

  • $1,000 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Member of the Society.
  • Accomplishment, either as a Society member or prior to membership, as a leader.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Complete submissions will include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 800 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the question, "What has been your most significant accomplishment as a leader, and how did your membership in the Society contribute to that accomplishment?"
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty, campus staff member or professional reference.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Financial Aid: Materials Grant

Award Amount: $200 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

A designated amount of Society scholarship funds each year are dedicated to need-based scholarships and grants. This grant is available to 24 Society annually. The purpose of this grant is to support members with unmet financial needs in purchasing materials needed to pursue higher education (such as textbooks).

Award

  • $200 grant for materials geared towards academic pursuits.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Member of the Society.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application packet must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release form.
  • An essay no longer than 500 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the following questions:
    • "How has membership in the Society impacted you?"
    • "What are the financial circumstances that make you eligible for a need-based grant?"
  • Documentation that verifies financial need (such as FAFSA printout or other income verification).
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty, campus staff member or professional reference.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.


National Engaged Leader Award

Award Amount: Certificate of Achievement | Submission Dates: Not Available

This award (formerly the National Excellence in Leadership Certificate) is presented to members that go above and beyond the steps for membership, and is distributed by the advisor at the chapter induction ceremony. There is no limit to the number of members that can receive this qualification. To assure you receive this recognition, check your membership status at least three weeks before your induction and make sure your event attendance is correct.

Award

  • Certificate of achievement.

Eligibility

In order to receive this award at induction, members must:

  • Be an Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Attend an orientation.
  • Complete the Leadership Training Day.
  • Attend six speaker events.
  • Participate in six SNT meetings.
  • Complete at least five hours of documented community service.

Dream Support Grant

Award Amount: Varies by submission, maximum $10,000 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

This grant competition is conducted two times annually, and the number of awards granted varies per semester. The purpose of this grant is to support individuals in achieving their dreams. Applicants are encouraged to be creative: the primary guiding requirement for this funding is that the request will have a significant impact on achieving your dreams.

Award

  • Total of $10,000 to be allocated twice per year. Individual award amounts will be based upon amount requested, estimated impact upon achievement of personal dream, and strength of submission.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application packet must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release form.
  • Amount you are requesting.
  • An essay no longer than 800 words, submit the following:
    • In Microsoft Word format, share your dream, the next steps you need to achieve it, and how the funds you are requesting will directly contribute to you accomplishing your dream.
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, campus staff members or professional references.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Better World Grant

Award Amount: Varies by submission, maximum $10,000 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

This grant competition is conducted two times annually and the number of awards granted varies per semester. Applicants submit a proposal for a project, business or other endeavor that furthers the Society's mission "we build leaders who make a better world" and specify the requested grant amount. Grants may be for the full amount requested, or a different amount as determined by the Review Board. Winners are chosen based upon the strength of submitted materials and plan, and the scope of the impact its execution will have upon the greater community. This award may be used for any type of endeavor, not limited to any one area of concern, and must be conceived and implemented by the applicant.

Award

  • Total of $10,000 to be allocated twice per year. Individual award amounts will be based upon amount requested, estimated impact of project/business, and strength of submission.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application packet must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release form.
  • Submit digital documentation showing the full scope of your project/business plan. Applicants are encouraged to be creative: the primary guiding requirement for this funding is that the project furthers the Society mission in some way to contribute to making a better world.
    • Project plan including budget, personnel, timeline, audience, purpose and impact. Must demonstrate a real positive impact on at least 10 other people on-campus or in the community.
    • Request for specific funding, as little as $100 and up to $10,000, and justification for request (including how funds will be allocated and over what time period).
  • An essay no longer than 150 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the question, "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, campus staff members or professional references.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

National Excellence in Leadership Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

Conducted twice annually, this scholarship recognizes four outstanding members among the Society community for their demonstrated accomplishment and service to others as leaders. Winners are chosen based upon the strength of the essays, recommendations, membership history, and community service record.

Award

  • $5,000 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Attend Orientation.
  • Complete the Leadership Training Day.
  • Attend six speaker events.
  • Participate in six SNT meetings.
  • Complete at least five hours of documented community service.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 1,000 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the following questions:
    • "What has been your most significant accomplishment as a leader, and how did it impact you and your community?"
    • "How has membership in the Society impacted you as a leader, and how have you shared this impact with others?"
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty, campus staff member or professional references.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Financial Aid: Tuition Scholarship

Award Amount: $5,000 | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30, Oct 15 - Nov 15

A designated amount of Society scholarship funds each year are dedicated to need-based scholarships and grants. This grant is available to 2 Society members each semester. The purpose of this grant is to support members with unmet financial needs in pursuing higher education.

Award

  • $5,000 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 1,000 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the following questions:
    • "How do you personally exemplify the Society's mission 'we build leaders who make a better world'?"
    • "What are the financial circumstances that make you eligible for a need-based grant?"
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • Documentation that verifies financial need (such as FAFSA printout or other income verification).
  • Two letters of recommendation from faculty, campus staff members or professional references.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Global Leader Scholarship

Award Amount: $2,000 | Submission Dates: Oct 15 - Nov 15, April 1 - April 30

The world faced by today's leaders is more and more globally focused, requiring a diversity of experience and understanding of disparate cultures. The Society recognizes the importance of experiential learning, and offers a scholarship to two members annually that are pursuing academic studies abroad relevant to global leadership.

Award

  • $2,000 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees for a study abroad program.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Attend at least one Society event in the semester prior to applying.
  • Participating in a study abroad experience relevant to global leadership.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during one of the following periods:

  • October 15 - November 15 for December 7 distribution.
  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 800 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the following questions:
    • "What does 'global leadership' mean to you?"
    • "How will your study abroad program contribute to your development as a global leader?"
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • One letter of recommendation from a faculty, campus staff member or professional reference.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Stephen Covey Tribute Grant

Award Amount: $5,000 | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30

This grant competition is conducted once annually and awarded to one recipient. One of the most recognized and distinguished luminaries in the fields of personal success and leadership, Stephen Covey published The 7 Habits of Highly Effective People in 1989, and sold more than 20 million copies before his death. A speaker in the Society's leadership series, Covey was a former professor at Brigham Young University and left academia to found a wildly successful management consulting business. In tribute to this giant among thought leaders in this field, the Society established the "Stephen Covey Tribute Grant" in 2012.

Award

  • $5,000 grant.
  • Certificate of accomplishment.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted member of the Society.
  • Accomplishment, either as a Society member or prior to membership, as a leader.
  • Have attended at least one Society event in the most recent term.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during the following period:

  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Complete submissions will include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 1,000 words, in Microsoft Word format, answering the following questions:
    • "How do you personally exemplify the 7 Habits of Highly Effective People?"
    • "How has membership in the Society impacted you as a leader, and how have you shared this impact with others?"
  • Two letters of recommendation from a faculty, campus staff member or professional references.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Advisor of the Year

Award Amount: Gift | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30

The Chapter Advisor guides and mentors the Executive Board and local chapter members, while acting as a liaison with the campus administration. Each year the Society recognizes one among this group that has stood above the rest in dedication to the achieving our mission. The winner is chosen based upon strength of recommendation and essay, history of communication with the National Office, and record of achievement within the chapter.

Award

  • Gift valued at approximately $600.
  • Certificate of recognition.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Exemplify the qualities of a leader by successfully running a chapter.
  • Provide an inclusive environment for all members.
  • Supply a consistently high level of support to the Executive Board and members.
  • Maintains consistent communication with the National Office.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during the following period:

  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 500 words, in Microsoft Word format, from the candidate or nominator answering the following questions:
    • "How does this Chapter Advisor stand above his/her peers in service to Society members and the greater mission of the organization?"
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • One letter of recommendation from the Student President or an Executive Board Member.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Student President of the Year

Award Amount: $600 | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30

The Student President plays a pivotal role at each chapter, and may dedicate hundreds of hours to helping others discover and achieve their dreams. Each year the Society recognizes one among this distinguished group that has stood above the rest in dedication to the achieving our mission. The winner is chosen based upon strength of recommendation and essay, history of communication with the National Office, and record of achievement within the chapter.

Award

  • $600 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees.
  • Certificate of recognition.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Exemplify the qualities of a leader by successfully running a chapter.
  • Provide an inclusive environment for all members.
  • Supply a consistently high level of support to the Chapter Advisor and members.
  • Participate in monthly Success Coaching sessions with the National Office.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during the following period:

  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 500 words, in Microsoft Word format, from the candidate or nominator answering the following questions:
    • "How does this Student President stand above his/her peers in service to Society members and the greater mission of the organization?"
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • One letter of recommendation from the Chapter Advisor or an Executive Board Member.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Executive Board Member of the Year

Award Amount: $600 | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30

Executive Board Members are often the unsung heroes at Society chapters, dedicating their time and energy to helping others discover and achieve their dreams. Each year the Society recognizes one among this group that has stood above the rest in dedication to the achieving our mission. The winner is chosen based upon strength of recommendation and essay, and record of achievement within the chapter.

Award

  • $600 toward undergraduate or graduate tuition and fees.
  • Certificate of recognition.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • Inducted Member of the Society.
  • Exemplify the qualities of a leader in his/her role as part of the team running the chapter.
  • Provide an inclusive environment for all members.
  • Supply a consistently high level of support to the Executive Board and members.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during the following period:

  • April1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 500 words, in Microsoft Word format, from the candidate or nominator answering the following questions:
    • "How does this Executive Board member stand above his/her peers in service to Society members and the greater mission of the organization?"
    • "How has the Society positively impacted your life?"
  • One letter of recommendation from the Chapter Advisor or an Executive Board Member.
  • A high resolution, forward-facing color headshot of the applicant, 300KB or larger.

Chapter of the Year

Award Amount: $150 Gifts for Executive Board | Submission Dates: April 1 - April 30

Each chapter has a significant impact upon the campus community, and each year the Society recognizes one chapter for the impact it has had upon both its members and the community.

Award

  • Gift for each active Executive Board member, valued at approximately $150 apiece.
  • $500 award toward chapter funds.
  • Certificate of recognition.

Eligibility

Successful applicants will demonstrate the following:

  • The chapter should demonstrate excellence in dedication to the Society mission, chapter development and member growth, leadership training, and community service.

To Apply

Submit all materials to the National Office during the following period:

  • April 1 - April 30 for May 21 distribution.

Application must include:

  • Standard Application and Materials Release Form.
  • An essay no longer than 500 words from the Student President or an Executive Board member answering the question: "How has your chapter led by example, demonstrating excellence in dedication to the Society mission, chapter development and member growth, leadership training and community service?"
  • Letter of recommendation from a faculty or staff member at the school detailing the impact the chapter has had upon the campus community.
  • At least 5 high resolution, color photographs from chapter events, each 300KB or higher.
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Fall 2013 Winners



NATIONAL EXCELLENCE IN LEADERSHIP SCHOLARSHIP $5,000
Zachary Dunton
University of Wisconsin-Osh Kosh


Deejin Macaraeg
University of Maryland
University College


GLOBAL LEADER SCHOLARSHIP $2,000
Lucas J. Berg
University of Wisconsin-Stevens Point


BETTER WORLD GRANT
(maximum $10,000 awarded total)
Mayumi Brewster
University of Maryland
University College
"L.O.V.E. Academy"
$5,000


Peggy McNulty
University of Colorado
Colorado Springs
"Campus Sustainability Programs:
A Long Way To Go and
What is the Long Term Impact?"
$2,500


Shanee Kilpatrick &
Yesenia Grijalva

University of Michigan
Dearborn
"Young Women's Leadership
Summit"
$5,000


DREAM SUPPORT GRANT
(maximum $10,000 awarded total)
Natasha Escalera
University of North Florida
$5,000


Peyman Jahangirlou
Los Angeles Pierce College
$2,000


Melissa Mashner
Indiana University-Bloomington
$1,000


Megan Nicole Smith
Gadsden State Community College
$1,000


Amy Wise
Clarkson College
$1,000


FINANCIAL AID: TUITION SCHOLARSHIP $5,000
Jasmine Talia White
University of Utah


Evelyn M. Yeung
University of California-Berkeley


EMERGING LEADER SCHOLARSHIP $1,000
Mawenan Amoussou
Missouri University of
Science and Technology


Adeyinka Akeju
Texas A&M University-Commerce


Moriah Cenance
University of California-Davis


Bianca Bostic
University of Maryland
University College


Sovantharith Seng
University of Texas at Arlington


Devin Valdez
University of the Pacific


Shala Curtis
Volunteer State Community College


FINANCIAL AID: MATERIALS GRANT $200
Danielle Turner
Georgia Southern University


Jerome Henderson
Indiana University Northwest


Ashley Bradshaw
James Madison University


Christian Quinones
Nothwest Arkansas Community College


Brandon Motter
Rochester Institute of Technology


Katie Short
Rochester Institute of Technology


Emily Bergren
Saginaw Valley State University


Michal Weaver
University of California-Berkeley


Michael Meyers
University of Central Florida


Tina Moynahan
University of Michigan- Dearborn


Chelsey Grigsby
University of Texas at Tyler


Jeffrey Molloy
University of California-Berkeley