LEDA is a national organization committed to diversifying the leadership pipeline in our nation and insuring that diverse viewpoints are brought to bear among the leadership sectors of our country. We believe that highly competitive colleges and universities are a nexus for the development of leadership and require an infusion of diversity to improve the mix of ideas and information impacting leaders of public and private institutions. By helping socio-economically disadvantaged students gain admission to the institutions, LEDA seeks to equalize educational opportunity. LEDA recognizes we are better off as a nation and as a people if we offer equal opportunity regardless of socio-economic status and draw upon the leadership potential of all our most talented citizens.
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LEDA's mission is to identify and develop the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from low-income backgrounds to offset the ongoing under-representation of these students in the leadership pipeline.
In order to identify low-income/first-generation students and enable them to gain admission to and receive scholarships from our nation's selective colleges and universities, the LEDA Scholars Program does the following: A. Recruitment and Admissions: LEDA recruits high-achieving, low-income students who demonstrate leadership potential but who do not have access our nation's top colleges and universities. B. Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute: LEDA sponsors a seven-week residential summer institute at Princeton University which includes leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college advising. C. College Guidance: Scholars visit colleges and are supported through the application process through standardized test preparation, writing instruction, and assistance with financial aid and scholarship applications. D. Scholar Support: Scholars are supported through the transition to college, as they navigate college life, and pursue post-graduate opportunities.
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College and Postsecondary Planning:
High School (9-12):
Other Requirements :
US Citizen or Permanent Resident, public high school students
Hispanic/Latino (including Spain):
American Indian or Alaska Native:
Black or African American:
White (Including Middle Eastern):