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McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship

The McKinsey Diverse Young Leaders Scholarship was established with the goal of supporting and building relationships with promising and diverse students from Chicago, Denver and Minneapolis and their surrounding areas.

About the award

McKinsey will select award winners to receive:

  • $5,000 or $1,000 towards your college education or other educational program supplementing your college education (for example, books or a study abroad program)
  • Being matched with a mentor from the McKinsey Chicago, Denver or Minneapolis offices

One $5,000 award and multiple $1,000 awards will be granted.

What are the eligibility requirements?

Successful applicants will have strong academic achievement, extracurricular involvement, and proven leadership ability. We are looking for students who are accomplished and well-rounded with diverse backgrounds and experiences.

  • Be a high school senior graduating in Spring 2020
  • Be of Hispanic, Latino/Latina, African American or Native American race or ethnicity
  • Be able to establish to McKinsey evidence of your identity and right to work in the U.S.
  • Have a minimum unweighted grade point average (GPA) of 3.5 on a 4.0
  • Have a minimum ACT score of 27 or SAT score of 1740 (old scoring) or 1250 (new scoring)
  • Have plans to enroll at a four-year accredited institution during the 2020 - 2021 academic year

How do I apply?

Apply online here by February 21, 2020. The application will require:

  • Online application form
  • One 250 - 500 word personal statement
  • One letter of recommendation
  • Unofficial high school transcript and test scores

Application timeline:

  • February 21 - application deadline
  • March through mid-April - select candidates will be invited for interviews
  • Late April - scholarship recipients will be notified


Please contact our recruiting teams

Chicago – Alli Zeper

Denver – Amy Maier

Minneapolis – Erin Kelly

More about McKinsey

Do you want to learn more about who we are and what we do? You can read more about us as a firm on our global site here. To learn more about the opportunities at our firm, please visit our Careers site.

This award is intended for candidates based in the United States. It is one of many worldwide programs aimed at helping all candidates get to know McKinsey better.