Admission & Financial Aid

Intercultural LEAD Fellowship

Group of I-lEAD Scholars


The Intercultural Leadership, Education and Development Fellowship Program (Intercultural LEAD) engages and supports historically underrepresented, high-achieving first-generation college students who have demonstrated leadership potential and a commitment to personal and professional identity development.

Scholars benefit financially from a $12,000 per year scholarship, personal mentoring, student workshops and enhanced campus experiences that support emerging leaders.

Program Structure

This program is unique to CSB and SJU and distinctive from most scholarship programs because it includes support and commitment beyond the scholarship dollars. Scholars invest in each other and in the program through retreats, twice monthly seminars, and mentoring between new and returning scholars.

The cohorts consist of 20-25 student scholars who:

  • represent many different cultures, races, and ethnicities
  • promote equality and the ideas of diversity and civic stewardship
  • aspire to be academic leaders in college
  • attend national and international leadership conferences

Intercultural LEAD Scholars work with a network of professors, staff, and peers to identify leadership opportunities both on-campus and in the greater community. Scholars will graduate with robust interpersonal and intellectual skills, having prepared themselves for a lifetime of leadership.

Although it is not a requirement, many of the scholars get involved in campus-based programs like student senate, cultural clubs, volunteerism, and campus-based jobs. The goal is to have each student be able to take advantage of the opportunities that CSB and SJU offer.

How do I apply for a fellowship?

To be considered for a fellowship, students must complete the following steps:

  • Apply for admission to CSB+SJU. Please note the regular decision admission application deadline is January 15.
  • Complete the Intercultural LEAD Fellowship application
  • Complete the FAFSA. Applicants must complete the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) to be considered for the Intercultural-LEAD Fellowship program.  
  • Complete an interview. Selected Intercultural LEAD candidates will be invited to interview within two weeks of completing the application.
  • Note: Intercultural LEAD applications are only open to high school seniors who have been accepted to CSB and SJU for the Fall 2024 semester

The following criteria must be met for your application to be considered:

  • Applicants must be first-generation (CSB and SJU consider students to be first-generation if neither parent has a four-year degree.)
  • Applicants must identify with a historically underrepresented group.
  • Applicants must be high school seniors from the United States.

Intercultural LEAD Application Steps

  1. Apply for Admission.
  2. Complete the Intercultural LEAD application.
  3. Complete the FAFSA.
  4. Complete an interview.

Intercultural LEAD Application

Contact Paola Popoca with questions:

Phone: 800-544-1489
Email: [email protected]

Intercultural LEAD FAQs

College of Saint Benedict
Saint John’s University

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PO Box 7155
Collegeville, MN 56321

Office 320-363-5060
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