The Newsome Melton $1,500 Student Leadership Scholarship | Newsome Melton

Newsome Melton awards a $1,500 scholarship to a deserving student leader twice per year in the spring and fall.

The deadline to apply for the scholarship is June 15, 2022.

Please review the eligibility criteria, essay requirements, and instructions before sending your application.

About the Newsome Melton Student Leadership Scholarship

“A student leader is somebody who assumes responsibility to make change in their school or community,” said attorney Rich Newsome. “Student leaders build teams, inspire others, and model exemplary conduct.”

Newsome Melton started the Student Leadership Scholarship to recognize student leaders and to help them get an education that will allow them to continue their efforts to make a difference in their communities.

“We hope the recipients of this scholarship continue to build their leadership abilities and get an education that gives them the knowledge and experience to do great things in their life,” said attorney Frank Melton.

Eligibility Criteria for the Student Leadership Scholarship

Eligible students must meet these criteria:

  • 3.0 GPA;
  • History of leadership at school or in the community;
  • Enrolled in or accepted to an accredited college or university;
  • Complete essay on one of the topics listed below;
  • Submit unofficial transcript;
  • Submit resume documenting leadership experience, training, and accomplishments; and
  • Agree to the terms and conditions.

How to Apply for the Student Leadership Scholarship

Fill out the application form below to apply for the scholarship. Applicants must use the form to submit PDF versions of their essay, unofficial transcript, and resume.

Essay Topics

Please write 500 to 1,000 words on one of the following topics. Applicants must submit a PDF version of their essay using the application form below.

  • How has your personal, academic, or community experience shaped you as a leader?
  • What is the role of a leader?
  • How do you envision your leadership experience helping you in your future career?


The deadline to apply for the Newsome Melton Student Leadership Scholarship is June 15, 2022. Applications received after this date will not be considered.

Newsome Melton awards the Student Leadership Scholarship (Scholarship) once per year. Only U.S. students who meet these criteria are eligible for the Scholarship:

  • Must follow all application instructions and submit requested documentation in proper format;
  • Must apply using the form on the application page;
  • Must be a high school senior or currently enrolled in an accredited college or university;
  • Must have a cumulative GPA of at least 3.0;
  • Must be a U.S. citizen, U.S. national, or permanent resident; and
  • Must be at least 17 years old at the time of enrollment in college or university.

Scholarship Committee

A scholarship committee will evaluate all eligible applicants. The scholarship committee will select a winner and its decision is final. The scholarship committee will not consider incomplete applications or those submitted after the deadline.


Applicants’ age, race, religion, gender, national origin, familial status, or other protected classes will not affect the scholarship committee’s decision.

Notifying the Winner

The scholarship committee will notify the winner of the Scholarship in January of 2019. Due to the high volume of applications, the scholarship committee is unable to answer questions about application status.


Neither the scholarship committee nor Newsome Melton will give, sell, or distribute personal information submitted with the application to any third parties. Application materials and information submitted with the application become the property of Newsome Melton.

Newsome Melton reserves the right to use the name and photos of the winner in any announcements, on any Newsome Melton websites, in marketing materials, or in any communications related to the Scholarship. By submitting an application, applicants agree to the public use of their name and image.

Scholarship Application Form

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