The LEDA Scholars Program
The LEDA Scholars program is free for all students admitted and includes the following components:
Recruitment and Admission: Each year, LEDA finds and recruits approximately 60 LEDA Scholars. Scholars are high-achieving, low-income students from communities that are under-represented at our nation’s top colleges and universities and in the nation’s leadership sectors. LEDA engages in a national recruitment effort to identify talented, low-income students who demonstrate leadership potential who do not have access to support that would enable them to attend our nation’s top colleges and universities.
The Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute: Held annually on the Princeton University campus, the Summer Institute is an intensive, seven-week program that includes leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college guidance.
College Guidance: LEDA staff are trained to open students’ eyes to the range of college possibilities and to encourage students to consider which colleges and universities will provide the best fit. Students have the opportunity to visit colleges, meet and interact with college admissions staff, and learn firsthand about the admissions process. LEDA staff guide all Scholars through each stage of the application process and provide one-on-one counseling and support for essay writing, college advisement, financial aid, and scholarship applications.
Scholar Support: LEDA provides on-going resources and guidance for Scholars attending college and for those who have graduated in order to help them achieve academic success and become leaders on campus and beyond.