"LEDA taught me that while my circumstances were a part of who I was, they did not have to limit my opportunity. Becoming a LEDA Scholar gave me the resources to make college a reality. But the most valuable thing LEDA gave me was a voice."
What We Do
Students from low-income backgrounds are underrepresented at the nation’s top universities, diminishing their opportunities to become leaders in our society. LEDA works to close the gap.
We're dedicated to helping exceptional young people overcome challenging circumstances to reach and succeed at the most selective colleges. Our support guides them from the admission process through graduation and beyond.
The Difference We Make
LEDA scholars come from households with an average annual income of
We proactively seek out the most promising future leaders and give them the support they need to overcome their socioeconomic circumstances.
have enrolled in the top tier of American colleges
In rising numbers since our inception in 2003, LEDA Scholars have gone to institutions ranked the most competitive.* Last year, all were accepted to at least one of these top schools.
* Barron's Profiles of American Colleges
Low-income students at top colleges face distinct challenges
of LEDA Scholars graduate within six years, a success rate on par with students from more privileged backgrounds.
How We Do It
Our four-phase program offers exceptional students and potential leaders vital support from high school through college and beyond.