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Make your summer NSLC experience possible through our scholarship program and community fundraising.

The NSLC understands that family circumstances may not enable all qualified students to attend a program without financial assistance. Therefore, this year we will once again make available substantial funding through the National Student Leadership Foundation (NSLF) Scholarship Program.

2016 Summer Program Scholarships

The NSLF attempts to assist as many students as possible, therefore the majority of scholarships, which are based on financial need, academic merit and school/community involvement, are granted in the range of $250-$750. A select few will receive the maximum scholarship awarded of the tuition minus the deposit.

While the scholarship committee takes into consideration extenuating circumstances such as; recent job loss, illness and injury the average scholarship recipient has demonstrated financial hardship and/or is a low income family, has an excellent academic record and is highly involved in their school and community.

To be considered for a scholarship, a student must be enrolled in the NSLC and have submitted a $350 tuition deposit.

Note: If a student is denied a scholarship, or if the scholarship award is insufficient, your deposit will be refunded upon written request (email is acceptable).

For the NSLC Alumni College Scholarship, please click here.


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Summer Program Scholarship Details

Application Requirements: Students who would like to prepare materials in advance please have the following items ready to complete your NSLF Scholarship Application. All items must be submitted via the online scholarship application.

  • Your NSLC ID, you received this after submitting your NSLC Enrollment Application.
  • Digital Copy of your most recent High School Transcript, your transcript may be “unofficial” or a scanned copy.
  • One Teacher/Counselor willing to write and submit a letter of recommendation by Friday, March 18, 2016. Educators will receive submission instructions via email.
  • List of extracurricular and community activities with accurate Club/Activity Sponsor contact information.
  • Responses to the following questions. Each essay should be 250-500 words.
    • Discuss how attending the National Student Leadership Conference will enhance your academic potential and increase your participation as a leader in your school/community.
    • Please write a letter of explanation of your current financial situation. (May be completed by a Parent/Guardian)

Application Deadline: All components of the NSLF Scholarship Application must be completed and uploaded no later than 11:59PM CST on Friday, March 18, 2016, NO EXCEPTIONS.

Scholarship Evaluation: All complete NSLF Scholarship Applications will be evaluated as a group by the Scholarship Committee from March 19 – April 11, 2016.

Scholarship Notification: NSLF Scholarship award notifications will be emailed to applicants the evening of Monday, April 11, 2016.

Important Dates

Application Deadline 11:59PM CST, March 18, 2016
Scholarship Evaluation March 19 – April 11, 2016
Scholarship Notification 8:00PM CST, April 11, 2016

Note: Due to the large volume of scholarship applicants combined with limited funding, successful applicants for scholarships will demonstrate significant financial need, academic excellence and extensive community and extracurricular involvement. The NSLF will consider special circumstances, including but not limited to the number of children in the household or being supported in college, a recent illness or death in the immediate family or a recent loss of employment in the immediate family. The maximum NSLF Scholarship award will not exceed the cost of tuition less the deposit; however, the vast majority of scholarships awarded will be $250-750.

The 2016 NSLC Summer Program Scholarship Application is closed.

For the NSLC Alumni College Scholarship application, please click here.

Please email scholarships@nslcleaders.org with any questions.


While the National Student Leadership Foundation would like to meet the financial needs of all students, the large volume of scholarship applicants combined with limited funding, means that not all applicants will receive scholarships. The Foundation has created a comprehensive Guide to Community Fundraising which has helped make the NSLC an affordable experience for all applicants. This guide contains suggestions that have been used successfully by past NSLC students to raise funds while also forging relationships with leaders in their community. In several cases, students have been able to raise funds covering the full cost of their program and travel expenses.

Students who would like additional assistance in their fundraising efforts are encouraged to contact the NSLC Enrollment Office to speak with one of our Fundraising Counselors at 1-800-994-NSLC (6752). Students may also email us at scholarships@nslcleaders.org.

$40,000 Alumni College Scholarships

Open to alumni of NSLC programs only.

To recognize the hard work, talent, and dedication of our alumni, the National Student Leadership Foundation (NSLF) has designated a portion of the NSLF scholarship fund for a merit-based college tuition scholarship program, open to alumni of the NSLC only.

Read more about our NSLC Alumni College Scholarships…