The Graduate Leaders Academic Scholarship is Now Closed

UPDATED NOTE: The submission window is now closed.

Selection Criteria

Applications will be reviewed by our scholarship staff. They are the sole decision makers in this process. Candidates are judged on academic history, extracurricular activities, employment history & essay. Here is the criteria involved in picking winning candidates:

  • Registration is weighted 15%
  • Essay 75%
  • Work History and Activities at 10%.
  • GPA (min 3.2 on a 4.0 scale)

Official Rules

Scholarship candidates must submit the application and an original essay to be considered for the scholarship. The essay must be between 800-1000 words, and submitted through the form above. All essays must be formatted correctly.

All essays have to be completely original, and must be the sole work of the applicant. Any applications that have plagiarized essays or any false information will be disqualified.

The written essay must demonstrate your ability to think critically and creatively about solutions to the most pressing issues in education today. We’re looking for original insights and creative solutions based on your own experiences.

This Year’s Essay Question

As more and more grad schools do away with entrance exam requirements, what are the most important things they should be looking for from students in your field?

(Must be 800-1000 words)

We take your privacy seriously, so you can be sure the information you provide is safe and secure. We do not sell or share information to third party websites or companies, or make use of it internally for marketing or any other purpose. Contact information is used solely for the purpose of notifying the winner.

Equal Opportunity Consideration does not discriminate based on age, race, sex, religion, disability status or sexual orientation. All scholarship applicants are considered equally, based upon their merits, essay, application and other noted criteria.

Announcing the Winner

Winners of the scholarships will be notified within 30 days of the scholarship deadline. Winners will be notified by email or phone. After the winner is chosen, the applicant will be required to provide transcripts from their most recent college or university to verify their GPA. If the candidate cannot supply the necessary records, or if the GPA is different from the GPA claimed on the application, reserves the right to revoke the scholarship and award it to another applicant.

The scholarship award will be paid in one full, $500 payment by check directly to the winner. The award will be paid within 1-month of the winner being notified.

The scholarship recipient’s name, school and graduate degree major will be posted here on the website scholarship page along with a few words confirming their acceptance of the award.


When is this scholarship offered? It is offered once a year, with the due date of all applications being midnight on June 1.

Q. Is there any cost or obligation in applying?
A. There is never any cost or obligation to apply.

Q. Do you need a letter of recommendation for this scholarship?
A: Letters of recommendation are not required for this scholarship.

Q. Do I need to submit Transcripts?
A. You will only need to provide transcripts if you are chosen as a scholarship winner.

Q. Are there age restrictions for applicants?
A. No. Everyone is welcome to apply.

Q. What do we mean by “qualified”?
A. We require our applicants to be currently enrolled in an accredited online or campus based graduate program.

Q. Can international students apply?
A. International students are welcome to apply if they are currently be enrolled in a qualified program.

Q. Is this program available to Military personnel?
A. All military are welcome.

Q. Who do I contact with questions?
A. Please direct any questions, comments through our online contact form.

Q. What do you do with my personal information?
A. Your information is never sold, distributed or reused for marketing purposes. Its used solely to determine your qualifications for our scholarship award. For more information about our privacy practices visit this link.

Staying Organized

Most students will apply for multiple scholarships. The following tips should help you keep track of your efforts: As soon as you submit a scholarship application, make note of the scholarship and submission date in a spread-sheet or a notebook. Keep copies of all essays and paperwork in a file. Have transcripts handy, or know how to send them to scholarship offices. Keep other important forms, such as tax returns (yours or your parents’), financial aid forms, and standardized test scores on hand. Make sure you have completely filled out all applications correctly to ensure you are considered.

PARTICIPANT ELIGIBILITY: The Contest is open to (1) any college student pursuing a qualifying graduate degree anywhere in the world (2) who is at least 18 years of age, (3) currently enrolled in an accredited college or university, as listed on the U.S. Department of Education website, available at or its equivalent in countries outside the U.S.(4) with a minimum GPA of 3.5 on a 4.0 scale, and (4) who completes the entry form on The contest is void where prohibited by law. Entries must be from individuals only; groups, organizations, and multiple-party entries are not eligible. The Contest is governed by United States law and is subject to all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations. Employees of, its affiliates, subsidiaries, advertising, promotion and fulfillment agencies, judges, and members of the immediate family or household of each are not eligible. Immediate family members include parents, siblings or any person residing in the same household as employee.

ENTRY: Entrants must fill out the entry form and answer the question in the space allotted. The essay must be original and must have been created by the entrant; entries that plagiarize the work of others will be disqualified. may verify the eligibility of each applicant; if an applicant is found to be ineligible to enter the contest, their entry will be considered invalid. Entrants must fill out all required portions of the entry form to be eligible for consideration. Limit one entry per person per contest; if an applicant enters more than one time they will be disqualified. reserves the right to verify an applicant’s information, the originality of the answer, or any other facet of an applicant’s entry if further investigation is deemed necessary. By entering you agree to accept and be bound by these rules. Odds of winning depend on the number of entries.

CLAIMING YOUR AWARD: The winner(s) will be notified by email and/or phone; failure to provide accurate contact information may result in disqualification and if unable to reach a winner within 72 hours, may in its discretion award any scholarship to any other contestant. No guarantee of notification is made to applicants who do not win the Scholarship Contest. This scholarship will be awarded to the winner(s) directly.

No payment will be granted until is able to verify with the winner’s institution that all college/university enrollment information (including GPA) is accurate. Winner will be required to submit an official transcript to may, in its sole discretion, decline to award payment of the scholarship in the case of a winner’s failure to provide information in a timely fashion if requested by or the institution, or if the student’s enrollment lapses for any reason.

SCHOLARSHIP AWARD; ODDS: Your chances of winning the scholarship competition depend on the number of total entries, the quality of your answer, and how your answer is viewed by the judges from ALL FEDERAL, STATE AND LOCAL TAXES, AND ANY OTHER COSTS AND EXPENSES, ASSOCIATED WITH THE RECEIPT OR USE OF SCHOLARSHIP AWARD ARE THE SOLE RESPONSIBILITY OF THE WINNER. Awards are provided WITHOUT WARRANTY OF ANY KIND, express or implied, without limitation. ALL SCHOLARSHIPS ARE AWARDED SUBJECT TO THE TERMS, RESTRICTIONS, AND LIMITATIONS. Except as determined by the Sponsor in its sole discretion, no substitution of the scholarship shall be offered and no transfer of the scholarship to a third party is permitted.

PAYMENT DIRECTIONS: will pay the Scholarship Award directly to winner in one lump sum. has the sole discretion and final word over the timing and manner of any scholarship payments. Winners will be responsible for providing a letter of acceptance or enrollment from the college or university where the Scholarship Award will be directed, and a signed statement that funds will be used to offset the cost of their eligible college education (tuition, fees, books, supplies, equipment, and/or room & board). has the sole discretion and final word on any issues that may arise around a winner’s eligibility.

CONDUCT: By registering for this Contest, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of and the judges that shall be final and binding in all respects. These Official Rules are accessible throughout the Contest Period. Failure to comply with these Official Rules may result in disqualification. reserves the right at its sole discretion to disqualify any individual suspected of tampering with the entry process or the operation of the Contest; or to be acting in any manner deemed by to be in violation of the Official Rules; or to be acting in any manner deemed by to be unsportsmanlike or disruptive, or with intent to annoy, abuse, threaten or harass any other person. CAUTION: ANY ATTEMPT BY A USER OR ENTRANT OR ANY OTHER INDIVIDUAL TO DELIBERATELY DAMAGE ANY WEB SITE OR UNDERMINE THE LEGITIMATE OPERATION OF THE CONTEST IS A VIOLATION OF CRIMINAL AND CIVIL LAWS AND SHOULD SUCH AN ATTEMPT BE MADE, RESERVES THE RIGHT TO SEEK DAMAGES AND COSTS (INCLUDING WITHOUT LIMITATION, ATTORNEYS’ FEES) FROM ANY SUCH PERSON TO THE FULLEST EXTENT PERMITTED BY LAW.

LIMITATIONS OF LIABILITY: assumes no responsibility or liability for (a) any incorrect or inaccurate entry information, or for any faulty, failed, garbled or jumbled electronic data transmissions; (b) any unauthorized access to, or theft, destruction or alteration of entries at any point in the operation of this Contest; (c) any technical malfunction, failure, error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or communications line failure, regardless of cause, with regard to any equipment, systems, networks, lines, satellites, servers, computers or providers utilized in any aspect of the operation of the Contest; (d) inaccessibility or unavailability of the Internet or any combination thereof, or; (e) any injury or damage to participant’s or to any other person’s computer which may be related to or resulting from any attempt to participate in the Contest or download any materials in the Contest. If, for any reason, the Contest is not capable of running as planned for reasons which may include without limitation, infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or any other causes which may corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of this Contest, then reserves the right at its sole discretion to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes in whole or in part. In the event of cancellation, will randomly award the prizes from among all eligible, non-suspect entries received prior to cancellation.

PRIVACY: Personal information collected through this promotion is subject to’s Privacy Policy. In addition, as a condition of entering the Contest, each entrant gives consent for to make his or her profile publicly available, to obtain and deliver his or her name, address and other information to third parties for the purpose of administering this and complying with applicable laws, regulations and rules and to announce the winners online and via other media, and to use the winner’s name and photograph in such announcements without restriction.

PUBLICITY RIGHTS: By entering the Contest (except where prohibited by law), entrants consent to the use of their names, pictures, likenesses, in advertising, promotion and marketing materials throughout the world, including on the Internet, by, without additional compensation, notice, review, or approval. Nothing contained in these Official Rules obligates to make use of any of the rights granted herein and winner waives any right to inspect or approve any such use.

GOVERNING LAW/DISPUTES: This Contest, these Official Rules, and any dispute related thereto (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) are governed by the laws of the United States without regard to conflicts of laws principles. Any legal action, suit, proceeding or dispute in connection with this Contest (whether for breach of contract, tortious conduct or otherwise) will be brought and resolved exclusively in the state or federal courts of the United States and each entrant accepts and submits to the personal jurisdiction of these courts with respect to any legal actions, suits, proceedings, or disputes arising out of or related to this Sweepstakes. If any provision(s) of these Rules are held to be invalid or unenforceable, all remaining provisions hereof will remain in full force and effect.

Except where prohibited, as a condition of participating in this Contest, each entrant agrees that any and all disputes that cannot be resolved between the entrant and any Released Party, claims and causes of action arising out of or connected with this Contest, the prize awarded, or the determination of the winner must be resolved individually, without resort to any form of class action. Further, in any such dispute, under no circumstances will an entrant be permitted or entitled to obtain an award for, and hereby waives all rights to claim punitive, incidental, or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees.

In the event of a dispute concerning the identity of a participant, the participant will be declared to be the authorized account holder of the e-mail address provided to at the time of initial participation (i.e., registration for the Contest), but only if that person meets all other eligibility criteria, otherwise the entry may be disqualified and any potential prize won will be forfeited in’s sole discretion. An authorized account holder is defined as the natural person who is assigned to an e-mail address by an Internet access provider, online service provider, or other organization (e.g., business, educational institution, etc.) that is responsible for assigning e-mail addresses for the domain associated with the submitted e-mail address. The potential winner may be required to provide with proof that he or she is the authorized account holder of the applicable e-mail address. If a dispute cannot be resolved to’s satisfaction, the entry and individual or individuals may be deemed ineligible at’s sole discretion.


Benjamin Ogilvie
“I am honored to receive this scholarship. Ultimately, my goal is to become a doctor and a microbiologist who keeps people safe from future infectious disease outbreaks. Since that means 10 years or more of schooling, every little bit helps. Thank you so much!”