Selection and Qualification

From the group of nominated applicants, a committee comprised of University officials will select 40 total applicants, 20 per session. Students will be ranked on demonstrated interest in public service, leadership, concern for others, and academic achievements. The committee will attempt to form a class with diverse interests and experiences.

Nomination Procedure and Guidelines

Educators and mentors, click here to submit an online nomination.

Students, click here to download a brochure about the program.

To Apply

Application information will be sent to students December 1st or within 5 days of the nomination, whichever is latest.

In order to be considered for selection, students MUST meet the following UM early admission requirements:

  • Be an eleventh-grade student in good academic and conduct standing at the time of admission. The school can be public, private, or parochial. Home-schooled students are also eligible.
  • Have earned 14 high school credits by the end of the current school year with at least a 3.2 GPA.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to others whether in the form of school/community leadership, family/neighborhood responsibilities, or volunteerism.

Required Application Materials:

  • Online application with essay response (Applications will be sent to student December 1st or within 5 days of nomination, whichever is latest).
  • Current high school transcript
  • Video or audio response to provided prompt
  • All ACT or SAT scores to date
  • A reference form completed by a teacher or mentor
  • School approval form for admissions purposes

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!


“I had a great experience at Lott! I enjoyed getting to know people for 5 weeks and being able to have a connection with them for the rest of my life. I enjoyed the courses that we had to take and I feel like they prepared me for college. I really enjoyed going to Washington with my session and traveling with them. If I had the chance to do it again, I would in a heart beat.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“Lott impacted me not only in my studies, but as the person I am. It gave me so many incredible, driven, and loving friends that have left imprints on my heart forever. Lott showed me that it doesn't matter where you start because you can do anything if you're willing to "be brilliant," and work for it. I will never forget my time during the Lott Leadership Program, and the people it blessed me with.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018