Recruitment & Admissions


Every year, LEDA conducts a national search to find the next cohort of LEDA Scholars. They attend a five-week Summer Institute at Princeton University, followed by unparalleled support and advising through college graduation and beyond.
LEDA for Life.

Thank you for your interest in the LEDA Scholars Program!

Below, please find information about the program, application process, and eligibility requirements. We hope that you will apply and look forward to getting to know you.

How to Apply
The application for the LEDA Scholars Program is closed. The deadline for the 2023-2024 cycle was December 12, 2023.

Eligibility Requirements

  • Junior attending a public high school in the U.S., graduating in 2025
  • U.S. Citizen, Permanent Resident, or have DACA Status
  • Cumulative unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above
  • Total annual household income of $90,000 or below

Successful applicants demonstrate:

  • A desire to be challenged academically
  • A strong commitment to their studies
  • A desire to be a leader in their families, schools, and communities
  • A connection to LEDA’s Core Values of Excellence, Integrity, Compassion, and Community

LEDA Scholars Program

LEDA brings together a community of student leaders for a completely free five-week residential program at Princeton University that includes academic preparation for college, leadership training, college guidance support based on individual fit, SAT/ACT preparation, and a chance to experience life on a college campus.

LEDA is for life. After the Summer Institute, the LEDA team continues to work with Scholars intensively on all aspects of their college applications and their transition to and through college. The LEDA Community is a network that will continue to provide support and opportunities beyond college graduation.

Application Process

The LEDA application process consists of three parts: Part I, Part II, and Part III.

Part I of the application is due December 12, 2023. In Part I applicants are asked to provide demographic information, extracurricular involvement, family information, two short essays, academic information (to be completed by a counselor), and a letter of recommendation (to be completed by a teacher).

Applicants who are advanced to Part II are asked to provide a record of residency, tax returns for all parents/guardians with whom they have regular contact, and updated academic information.

Applicants who are advanced to Part III are asked to complete a virtual interview with a member of the recruitment and admissions team.

Application Timeline

  • Application opens: September 6, 2023
  • Part I application deadline: December 12, 2023
  • Part I decision notification: Mid-March 2024
  • Part II application deadline: Late March 2024
  • Part II decision notification: Early April 2024
  • Finalist Interviews: Early April 2024
  • Final Notification: Mid-April 2024

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