Thomas J. Henry Leadership Scholarship

Eligibility & Rules

The student must be attending or planning to attend an accredited college or university during the semester for which the scholarship application is awarded.

To be eligible, each student must be enrolled in, or planning to enroll in, an accredited college or university. Applicants currently enrolled in a college or university must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to qualify for the scholarship.

The Importance of Leadership Essay Scholarship is available to all students ages 18 and over, at all levels from high school senior to graduate school.

The Leadership Scholarship Essay

To be considered for the Thomas J. Henry Leadership Scholarship, students must submit an original essay explaining the importance of leadership. All essays should be between 750 and 1,000 words.

Essay Theme
The Thomas J. Henry Leadership Scholarship rewards students who show skills in motivating others inside and outside of the classroom. We look to leaders for advice, direction, inspiration, and to keep us moving forward when things get tough.

Write an essay which shares your leadership role experience, whether it was for your school’s sport team, club, outside organization, church, or volunteer group.

Application Requirements
Applications should be submitted via email, (Microsoft Word document preferred), to on or before our semester deadlines:

  • Spring Semester Deadline: November 1
  • Fall Semester Deadline: July 1

Please include the following in your application:

  • Your name, email address, and phone number in the email
  • Your name, email address, and phone number at the top of each page of the essay
  • A copy of your most recent school transcript and proof of college enrollment
  • Your essay (All essays should be between 750 and 1,000 words)

Please Note: Applicants must have a minimum GPA of 2.8 to qualify for the scholarship.

Essay Judges and Social Media Voting

Submissions will be judged by Thomas J. Henry staff, and finalist leadership essays for scholarships may also be posted on social media to be voted on via likes, shares, & tweets. Social voting is not the sole basis of the final decision, but may influence the eventual outcome.

General Scholarship Essay Advice

Before you begin writing your leadership scholarship essay, consider these few important points:

Be Specific
The best applicants understand what it means to be a leader and who have demonstrated leadership traits and qualities in their own lives. Don’t just write that you have a desire to be a leader; share vivid examples of how you exemplify leadership.  Avoid providing a list of accomplishments; rather, use specific examples to paint a detailed picture of you — the leader.

Proofread Carefully
Your essay should be in your own words and free from grammatical, spelling, and syntax errors. We are expecting a clean and polished final draft. Use the resources at your disposal to ensure your essay is error-free and ready for submission.

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