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Leadership Review Process & Selection Criteria

Review Process

All complete applications are reviewed and discussed by the reading committee and candidates are evaluated based, in part, on their articulation of leadership, learning and project goals and their plans for achieving them. Compelling candidates are selected to meet with the interview committee for further consideration.

You may check on the status of your application by logging in to your online application. We will also send you regular email messages as your application status changes. The whole review process takes between 3 and 6 weeks. All students and mentors are sent notification of the final award decision. All applicants, funded or not funded, are invited to receive feedback on their applications.

Selection Criteria

leadership reviewleadership reviewListed below is the review criteria provided to the committee reading the applications. There are three general criteria followed by bulleted points. Each bullet point does not need to be satisfied; they are factors that reviewers may take into account.  

Context

  • Project – the purpose and goals of the project are clear and the steps for achieving the goals are explained
  • Purpose/Impact – the student explains the need for the proposed project and the ways in which the project (or the project’s proposed outcomes) will impact others
  • Feasible – the project is achievable given the scope, timeline, and resources available
  • Fit – the project makes sense for this student and the essay articulates the unique role s/he will play
  • Commitment to project – the application essay provides an understanding of how and why the student is involved in this particular effort at this particular time
  • Motivation and skills – the mentor’s letter provides context for understanding the applicant’s skills, motivations, and abilities

Leadership

  • Leadership – the student defines her/his understanding of leadership
  • Project/Leadership connection – student explains in what ways the project is a leadership project including addressing how the project will impact or shape her/his leadership practice or understanding
  • Collaboration – the applicant articulates with whom he/she is working and the roles that each person is playing
  • Mentor – both the applicant and the mentor articulate how they will work together on the student’s project and leadership goals

Learning, Reflection and Growth

  • Learning about leadership – student articulates what s/he needs to learn about him/herself as a leader
  • Reflection – the student explains how s/he will keep track of (and eventually evaluate) what is being learned
  • Challenges – student articulates the challenges s/he faces in becoming a better leader and the ways in which s/he will approach the leadership journey
  • Longer-term impact – student discusses the potential impacts on her/his future goals and aspirations

Feedback on your Application

If you did not receive a Leadership Scholarship the first time you applied and are planning to reapply, you have the option to get feedback on your application. Even if you are not reapplying, you may still find it valuable to hear what aspects of your proposal could be improved if you are planning to apply for other scholarships, graduate school, grants or even a job.

To receive feedback on your application or interview, contact mgates@u.washington.edu.