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LEDA Scholar Opens New York Times Conference

Sayra Alanis attends the New York Times Schools for Tomorrow conferenceLEDA Cohort 6 Scholar Sayra Alanis (Rice ’15) was a featured speaker at the 2015 Schools for Tomorrow conference, hosted by The New York Times.

Watch Sayra’s remarks on LEDA and her college journey here.


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What is it like to be poor at an Ivy League college?

Boston Globe article photoHigh-achieving, low-income students, often the first in their families to attend college, struggle to feel they belong on elite campuses.

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30 Years After Michelle Obama, Cultures at Princeton Still Clash

Chronicle of Higher Education article photoThere is more to access than admission. The culture at the first lady’s alma mater is still very much one of privilege.

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LEDA Attends Education Summit at the White House

LEDA Executive Director Beth Breger joined over 100 college and university presidents at a White House summit focused on college opportunity for low-income students, hosted by President Barack Obama and First Lady Michelle Obama on Thursday, January 16.

Click here to read/download the press release.


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The Challenge of Being Poor at America’s Richest Colleges

A scholarship may get high-achieving, low income students into the Ivies, but life at these schools can be tough when you’re an economic fish out of water.

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Opening the Door for Low-Income Students to Overcome ‘Aristocracy’ of Higher Ed

For kids who grew up poor or without higher education role models, the idea of attending one of the best colleges in the country isn’t just a dream — the goal may not have ever occurred to them. Jeffrey Brown looks in on a program that gives select high school seniors the guidance and tools to dream big.

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Five Student Scholars’ Dreams for College Inspired by Upbringing: Giving low-income students the dream and guidance to attend top schools

Five high school students who participated in the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America summer session talk about growing up poor, their hopes for college and how LEDA has changed their lives.

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Gifted students from low-income families get help from organizations seeking to defy poverty in favor of education.

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Minn. student wins spot in prestigious leadership program

LEDA Cohort 9 Scholar Nebiyu Kebede talks with KARE11 News about the journey that led him to LEDA’s Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute.

Watch the full interview here!



LEDA Announces College Admission Results for the Class of 2013

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) announced today that 49% of its high school seniors have been accepted to at least one Ivy League college/university.

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Aspiring senator bound for Princeton

Last fall, at the start of her senior year in high school, Brittney Watkins applied to 13 colleges. She applied to colleges such as Princeton University, Yale, Harvard, University of Chicago, University of Pennsylvania, Duke University and Georgetown University. In the end, she accepted a full scholarship to Princeton University, her top choice. She will major in politics and work toward certification in Latin American studies.

Read the full article at http://www.stlamerican.com/diversity/article_5159d5b6-d6f0-11e1-9806-0019bb2963f4.html.


RTA announces scholarship winners

The Phillips County Retired Teacher’s Association has announced that Dahranesha Moss and Whitney Frierson, seniors at Central High School, are recipients of 2012 RTA scholarships.

Read the full article at http://www.helena-arkansas.com/features/x693607429/RTA-announces-scholarship-winners.


Camino a Harvard

“Fueron 13 universidades las que la aceptaron”, añade con una amplia sonrisa la señora Samayoa. “Yo sé que me va a hacer falta cuando se vaya, pero esta oportunidad no se la dan a cualquiera”, agrega, esta vez con lágrimas en sus ojos, mientras sujeta la mano de su Karla.

Read the full article at http://www.hoylosangeles.com/news/2012/may/31/camino-harvard.


One Student’s Path From the South Side to the Ivy League

Because of my hard work and dedication—not just to schoolwork, but also to shaping my character and identity—I’ve received the opportunities of a lifetime. Last summer I went to Princeton University for a program called Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America. It’s been amazing to learn in a college environment, work with peers who challenge my ways of thinking, and learn more about myself and the world outside of the South Side.

Read the full article at http://www.good.is/post/one-student-s-path-from-the-south-side-to-the-ivy-league.


Success on Newark ice, deeper than Devils

Kevin is a senior at Technology High School in Newark and is Valedictorian of his graduating class. His involvement in school includes being Vice President of the National Honor Society, a member of his school’s newspaper, a peer tutor, a member of La Esperanza (homeless and immigrant support group), as well as a participant of Write on Sports, Inc..

Read the full article at http://blog.nj.com/devils/2012/04/success_on_newark_ice_deeper_t.html.


He just inspires people to be better

A champion in debate, sports, music; a youth group leader, and gay-straight alliance advocate, students voted Hiura most inspirational for more than just performance, but for being a friend.

Read the full article at http://www.kval.com/news/local/everyday-hero-thomas-hiura-138678769.html.


The Dixon Sisters

The two seniors, Julia and Elisabeth, have been mind-bogglingly busy in their academic pursuits. They are still in the hunt for a college but their biggest problem is narrowing down their choices because they have had so many offers.

Read the full article at http://columbusvalley.inthegamemagazine.com/features/398-sf-b-012012.


Grooming Young Talent for Future Leadership

Arun Alagappan is helping to find the next generation of leaders who will bring diversity, new ideas, compassion and a different kind of leadership to institutions. Mr. Alagappan, the 51-year-old founder and president of Advantage Testing Inc., a New York-based tutoring and test preparation company, became involved with the nonprofit LEDA, Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America, more than eight years ago.

Read the full article at http://online.wsj.com/article/SB10001424052702303544604576430090803233776.html.


Follow The Leader

When Aishat AnuOluwapo Bakare (Anu) was a little girl in Nigeria, her mother gave her a book. Gifted Hands by Benjamin Carson, M.D. would change her life forever. There are many lessons in this best-selling autobiography by the Johns Hopkins neurosurgeon, but the one that resonated with this eight-year-old was: listen to your mother!

Read the full article at http://www.huffingtonpost.com/sally-thorner/follow-the-leader_b_846397.html.


“ietnam-born; Yale-bound

The multiple academic honors and awards [Minh Nguyen] has received include the Top Honor for maintaining the highest average in her class for the past three years and a perfect score on the Georgia graduation tests in social studies and English. These seem like minor achievements compared to her experience as a LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) Scholar during the organization’s summer program hosted by Princeton University.

Read the full article at http://americustimesrecorder.com/local/x570484257/Vietnam-born-Yale-bound.


Estacado’s Mitchell accepted into Princeton prep program, prepares for leadership

If anyone ever wondered where Estacado defensive tackle Leroy Mitchell gets his drive and determination every Friday night, they need only to look at his work in the classroom Monday through Friday…..That’s why he had a tough decision to make this summer when he was accepted into the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America program, which takes 60 students from across the nation and puts them in a seven-week program at Princeton University in New Jersey.

Read full article at http://lubbockonline.com/sports-high-school-football/2010-11-13/estacados-mitchell-prepares-leadership-after-high-school.


Lakota student gets education opportunity of a lifetime

David Kastner, a tribal member of the Lower Brule Sioux Tribe, was given the chance of a lifetime to attend the Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America scholars program at Princeton. Kastner is one of five American Indian students attending the LEDA scholars program.

Read the full article at http://indiancountrytodaymedianetwork.com/ictarchives/2007/06/01/lakota-student-gets-education-opportunity-of-a-lifetime-90880.


Marysville Grad Bound for Yale

Grant Goodlin will become the first graduate of Marysville High School in 29 years to attend an Ivy League school. Goodlin will attend Yale College, the undergraduate program at Yale University.

Read the full article at http://www.redorbit.com/news/education/549500/marysville_grad_bound_for_yale.


A One-Man Ivy League

Not many teenagers get the chance to say “no” to Princeton, Yale, Columbia, Dartmouth, Cornell, Penn, Georgetown, Stanford or NYU. But New Utrecht HS valedictorian Lukasz Zbylut denied offers from all of them this year – he’s going to Harvard.

Read full article at http://www.nypost.com/p/news/regional/item_IVChuTKLPOYesny1qQSF6H#ixzz167GCgm7X.


Princeton to serve as home for new student leadership institute

Princeton University will be the home this summer for a new program intended to develop the leadership potential of promising high school students from racial, ethnic and socioeconomic backgrounds that are underrepresented in the national leadership pool.

Read the full article at http://www.princeton.edu/main/news/archive/S11/77/33O98/index.xml.

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