Meet Our Scholars


Stone Mountain, GA
Shiloh High School

This week, we checked in with LEDA Cohort 16 Scholar Kennedy. This summer, like Panisara, Kennedy was part of LEDA’s first-ever virtual Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute.


Kennedy also spent his summer working at Burger King, where he learned multitasking, teamwork, and management skills. As he shared in his TikTok video above, “The pandemic has given me a lot of time to reflect and be creative with the ways that I serve myself and others.”

Kennedy’s favorite part of his #LEDAsummer was the community that was built, despite a remote learning environment, and the bonds he was able to develop with his fellow Scholars, staff, and mentors, whom he now considers his second family.

KennedyThis fall, he started his senior year of high school. He is keeping a positive outlook on things and looking forward to online classes. He is excited to see how each of the clubs that he is a part of is going to take a new approach to the remote learning experience.

Kennedy remains hopeful that this year will be a memorable one for him and his fellow Cohort 16 Scholars, and he is grateful for LEDA’s continuous support through it all. “Throughout the pandemic, LEDA has given me a sense of normalcy and consistency at a time when that can seem so rare.”

Stay tuned for more in the upcoming weeks on how LEDA Scholars are balancing work, school, and adapting to life during this surreal and challenging time.

Published October 7, 2020

Apply to LEDA

Start your LEDA application today!
Apply to LEDA

Support Our Work

Your contribution will help diversify leadership in America.
Give Now