Recruitment & Admissions

LEDA Scholars Program Admission Criteria

Competitive applicants must meet particular eligibility and admission requirements.

Socioeconomic Background:

  • Students must be from low-income backgrounds. Eligibility is assessed individually based on the composition and income of a student’s family.
  • Students who will be first-generation college students are given particular consideration.
  • Students must be U. S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.


Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Intellectual curiosity and devotion to study
  • Hunger to learn and achieve academically
  • Ethics, integrity, and strength of character


Academic Qualifications:

  • Be a junior in a public high school (11th grader) at the time of applying
  • Have an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.5 and class ranking within the top 10% of the high school class
  • A record of enrollment and success in the most rigorous courses available to the student, e.g., honors, AP, IB, dual credit, or concurrent enrollment courses
  • Exceptional analytical reading and writing skills, demonstrating preparedness for selective colleges and universities
  • Scores above the national average on the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and/or ACT


LEDA reserves the right to consider all applications on a case-by-case basis and may take additional personal and academic factors into account when making final admission decisions.

The LEDA Scholars program is free for all students admitted.

Successful applicants must complete a rigorous, multi-tiered application process, mirroring the admissions process for highly selective colleges and universities. To learn more about the application in general, start or continue your current application, or sign up for general notifications from LEDA, click here.

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

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