"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."

Natasha, Colgate University '15

What We Do

Students from under-resourced 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.

Give Now

The Difference We Make

Our Impact

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.

Learn More

How We Do It

The LEDA Program

Our four-phase program offers exceptional students and potential leaders vital support from high school through college and beyond.

Meet Our Scholars

“Through LEDA, I learned that a big part of serving a community is building safe spaces and investing in the people in them.”
Therese, Pitzer College

Become a LEDA Scholar

Find out about the selection criteria and how to apply.

Support Our Work

Your contribution will help diversify leadership in America.
Give Now