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A Tribute to Beth Breger

This week, Beth Breger is departing from LEDA after more than a decade of service as Executive Director. As we celebrate Beth’s extraordinary tenure, some of our LEDA Scholars shared their reflections on her impact.

Click here to learn more about how Beth has enriched LEDA.

Video editing: DVA Productions


Graduation video for the class of 2020!

We would like to celebrate all our amazing LEDA Scholars who have worked hard and are graduating from high school and college this year! From all of us at LEDA, congratulations to the graduating Class of 2020! Please enjoy this short video from some of our Scholars, alumni, and staff. We wish you all the best in your futures ahead!


Student Reflections: Belonging in Higher Ed – A SXSW EDU Panel with LEDA Scholars and Reach Higher

Higher education is proven to correlate with better health, higher earnings, and greater job security; however, research shows that gaps in degree attainment persist for students from under-resourced communities. The goal of this panel is to highlight student perspectives on the college experience and the systemic barriers that students from low-income backgrounds face. During this session, LEDA Scholars who are currently undergraduates will discuss how colleges can create an environment that is supportive of underrepresented students.

This panel was originally scheduled to take place at SXSW EDU 2020. It was conducted via video conference after the cancelation of the event due to the COVID-19 pandemic.

Click here for more information about Jessica, Heidy, Will, and Eric.


“We are pleased to offer you admission…”

LEDA is celebrating our Scholars’ college admissions throughout the month of May! Before we reveal where many of our Cohort 15 high school seniors have chosen to spend the next four years, we wanted to share some special memories from our Scholars through the years: the moment they received the news that they had been admitted to a top college.

Video editing: DVA Productions


Highlights from LEDA’s 15th Anniversary Celebration

In 2019, LEDA celebrated 15 years of excellence, integrity, compassion, and community at our 15th Anniversary Celebration on April 16. We are incredibly proud of how we have transformed leadership and lives, inspired by the future of leadership represented by our extraordinary LEDA Scholars and Career Fellows, and excited by what’s to come in the next 15 years.

Videography and editing: Antonelli Visual Media


Highlights from LEDA’s 2018 Reception

LEDA’s annual cocktail reception was held on January 30, 2018. This inspirational evening brought the LEDA Community together to celebrate the organization’s achievements and look ahead to an exciting year to come.

Videography and editing: Antonelli Visual Media


Highlights from LEDA’s 2017 Reception

LEDA’s annual cocktail reception was held on January 31, 2017. This inspirational evening brought the LEDA Community together to celebrate the organization’s achievements and look ahead to an exciting year to come.

Videography and editing: Antonelli Visual Media


Highlights from LEDA’s 2016 Reception

LEDA’s annual cocktail reception was held on February 2, 2016. This inspirational evening brought the LEDA Community together to celebrate the organization’s achievements and look ahead to an exciting year to come.

Videography and editing: Antonelli Visual Media


LEDA Scholar Opens New York Times Conference

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


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.

Click here for the transcript.


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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Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

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