Women’s Leadership Institute

Emerging Leaders Scholarship Competition


Purpose of the Scholarship

The Women’s Leadership Institute (WLI) offers programming intended to support, advance, and empower students in achieving their leadership aspirations.   The Women’s Leadership Institute Emerging Leaders Scholarship Competition asks students to reflect on what leadership means to them and how they aspire to lead.  The scholarship and networking reception endeavor to inspire and assist students on their leadership journey through monetary support, evidence-based education, and facilitating high level networking.



3/29/2019 by 5:00pm EST

Award Amounts

284 Partners First Place Award: $1,000
Women’s Leadership Institute Honorable Mention: $500
Women’s Leadership Institute Honorable Mention: $500

*There are two honorable mention awards in total


Criteria for Eligibility 2019

  • Students must be currently enrolled at Michigan State University and able to receive scholarship distribution in the spring term (after the winners are announced and officially contacted).
  • To apply for this scholarship, you will need to create a two-minute video that showcases your answer to the following question: What does leadership mean to you? To do this, you will need to create and highlight your definition of leadership and explain how you are currently a leader or how you aspire to lead and create a two-minute video teaching, explaining, or illustrating this content. The more creative, insightful, and inspiring the better the chance that you will win.
  • Award recipients will be required to submit a letter of acceptance of the award and a thank you letter to the Women’s Leadership Institute board members within two weeks of notification in order to receive the award. Letters can be submitted via email to Dr. Guinot Talbot (guinotam(at)msu.edu).
  • Depending on the amount and type of your financial aid package, this scholarship may change your aid package.  If selected as a scholarship recipient, it is your responsibility to investigate whether the award will adversely affect your financial aid.
  • Incomplete, inappropriate, or inaccurate applications will not be considered (e.g., missing criteria, use of inappropriate language, submissions less than two minutes in length).


Submission Requirements

Submissions are due by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, March 29th. Members of the Women’s Leadership Institute board will review submissions and Dr. Guinot Talbot will notify scholarship winners by 5:00pm (EST) on Friday, April 5th. Three winners will be selected in total. All winners will be required to attend the Women’s Leadership Networking Reception on Tuesday, April 16th from 5:00pm-7:00pm in the MSU Union Ballroom. This event will showcase all of the winning submissions.

All video scholarship submissions must be posted to MSU Media Space. Submissions must be available to view with permission settings set to public (or unlisted). A link to the posted video will then be submitted to by the due date (5:00pm on Friday, March 29th). If videos are inaccessible, submissions will not be considered.


Submit Your Video

Contact Information

Dr. Amanda Guinot Talbot
552 W. Circle Drive
East Lansing, MI 48824
Email: guinotam(at)msu.edu
Phone: 517-432-9225