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The 2021 W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award

Sponsored by the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton

The W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award is a combination scholarship and internship sponsored by the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton. Commemorating the values and vision of W.S. McIntosh, a community leader and civil rights activist, the McIntosh Award provides unique educational, professional and leadership opportunities for the recipient.

As a Catholic, Marianist university committed to the common good, we graduate servant-leaders educated in community building and innovation. For more than 30 years, McIntosh scholars have found their life’s vocation and passion, and made a positive impact in the community, thanks to the city of Dayton, UD and this award.

Recipients must be committed to the ideals of social justice and demonstrate potential for community leadership.

Nov. 1

Application Deadline for the McIntosh Award

Scholarship Award

The McIntosh Award includes a University of Dayton scholarship which, in conjunction with state, federal and private grants, covers the annual direct expenses of tuition, room and board. The award is renewable for four academic years (eight semesters), provided renewal conditions are met.

You can also earn up to $4,000 for your textbooks (over four years) if you visit campus and file the FAFSA by February 1. Schedule your visit today by calling 1-800-UD PRIDE, or register online at

City Internship

As part of this award, you also have the opportunity to gain hands-on experience through an internship with the city of Dayton starting the summer before your first year at UD. The internship provides valuable leadership and service opportunities — and money that can be used for books, supplies, transportation and personal expenses. These earnings are not part of the scholarship award.

Application Procedure

To be considered for the W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award, you must be a graduating African-American high school student and reside in Montgomery County.

You must also:

  • Complete the application process for admission to the University of Dayton, including submitting official high school transcripts.
  • Compose and submit a personal letter to the W.S. McIntosh Memorial Leadership Award committee describing why you should be considered for this prestigious award. The ideal letter will highlight your commitment to the ideals of social justice and community engagement, address your understanding of the impact W.S. McIntosh had on the city of Dayton and express your interest in attending the University of Dayton. (Please limit your response to 1500 words or less.)
  • On a separate page provide a list of any academic and/or community honors you’ve received while in high school, including your high school activities noting areas of leadership. (These activities can include jobs, volunteer work, church participation/leadership, clubs, sports, hobbies and even family responsibilities.)
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a high school teacher, counselor or coach regarding your academic achievements and/or leadership capacity.
  • Provide one letter of recommendation from a neighborhood, community or faith leader who can speak to your commitment to community service.

All materials (with exception of the admission application to UD) should be received either electronically or hard copy by 11:59pm EST Sunday, November 1, 2020.

Selection Process

Selection is based on academic achievement, school activities and community involvement. Finalists will be invited to interview with the selection committee, composed of staff members from the city of Dayton and the University of Dayton.


Application materials for the McIntosh Award should be addressed to:

Office of Recruitment and Admission
Attn: McIntosh Review Committee
300 College Park
Dayton, OH 45469-1310

If you have questions, contact:

Kathleen Henderson or Will Coleman

Learn more at our Virtual McIntosh Info Session

Learn about this unique scholarship opportunity at the University of Dayton. Following the information session, you're encouraged to attend our Virtual Open House, where you can discover more about our academic programs, learn about campus life and hear from current students.

September 27 or October 18
11:30 a.m. - Noon

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W.S. McIntosh
During the 1960s, many courageous men and women participated in movements throughout the nation to guarantee equal rights to all Americans. Across the country, minority leaders emerged with a vision for a more just society. Dayton was blessed with its own dynamic leader — the late W.S. McIntosh. In 1960, McIntosh went to Atlanta to observe Dr. Martin Luther King Jr., and on February 26, 1961, he led one of the first major civil rights protests in the Dayton community. He utilized nonviolent methods to fight for the rights of minorities to work at Rike’s Department Stores, Liberal Supermarket and other establishments in the Dayton area. McIntosh also organized community groups and served as the executive director of the Dayton chapter of the Congress of Racial Equality (CORE). On March 4, 1974, McIntosh was shot and killed outside his family-owned store while trying to prevent a robbery in downtown Dayton.

Office of Recruitment and Admission

Albert Emanuel Hall
300 College Park
Dayton, Ohio 45469 - 1602
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