LEDA Scholars Program

Recruitment & Admissions

Recruiting the next generation of leaders

Each year, LEDA recruits 100 exceptional high school students who show leadership potential but may lack the exposure and support needed to attend and succeed at highly competitive colleges and universities.

When LEDA first came to my school in rural Georgia, my counselor and I were shocked that such a program existed. There were other programs, but none could boast the level of personal care, attention, and life-long commitment that LEDA promises.

Duc, Yale '16

LEDA’s dedication to building a truly diversified Scholar community is rooted in its targeted and strategic recruitment process. Each fall, LEDA staff members travel to high schools throughout the country to visit with students in communities that are underrepresented on the campuses of selective colleges. We also coordinate with the network we’ve developed – schools, counselors, community-based organizations, and national nonprofits, as well as our growing community of Scholars from previous years.

Successful applicants must complete a rigorous, multi-tiered application process, mirroring the admissions process for highly selective colleges and universities. To learn more about our application and our criteria, click here.

The 2020-2021 LEDA application is closed. To learn more about the application timeline, click here. Our flyer, which includes a summary of what LEDA offers, can be downloaded from ledascholars.org/flyer.

If you have any questions about LEDA’s recruitment and admissions process that are not answered on our website, please contact us at recruitment@ledascholars.org.

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