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Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

  • Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)
  • 315 West 39th Street
    Suite 607
  • New York, NY 10018
  • 646-787-0628

Program Description

Each year, LEDA searches the nation to recruit approximately 60 rising high school seniors. Our Scholars are exceptional students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds, currently underrepresented in our nation's top colleges, universities and ultimately, leadership sectors. Scholars attend the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute at Princeton University, which is an intensive, seven week program including leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation, and college advising. During the academic year, Scholars work closely with writing instructors and college guidance counselors on their applications to selective colleges and universities. Upon enrollment in college, Scholars receive support through LEDA Scholar Support staff and mentors, as well as a growing network of Scholars in colleges throughout the United States.

Success Stories

For the current cohort (High School Class of 2014): -92% received acceptance to the most competitive colleges in the U.S - 46% were admitted to at least one Ivy League university -13 Scholars received the Gates Millennium Scholarship -1 Scholars received the Burger King Scholarship - 5 Scholars received the Horatio Alger State Scholarship - 1 Scholar received the Horatio Alger National Scholarship - 3 Scholars received the Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship

Services Provided

  • Academic enrichment/tutoring/study skills
  • Career exploration and counseling/internships
  • College admissions guidance and counseling
  • College fairs/campus visits
  • College transition and retention support
  • Financial aid advising/FAFSA completion
  • Leadership development
  • Mentoring
  • SAT/ACT and other test preparation
  • Scholarships and last-dollar grants


Race & Ethnicity

  • White: 8%
  • Asian or Pacific Islander: 17%
  • Hispanic/Latino: 35%
  • Other: 9%
  • African American: 29%

Education Level and
Number of Students

  • High School: 60
  • Middle School: 0
  • Elementary School: 0
  • Post-secondary: 482
  • Non-traditional: 0

Populations Served

  • Academically High-performing


  • Between 50% and 75%

Colleges Attended
by Alumni

  • Barnard College
  • Brown University
  • Dartmouth College
  • Harvard College
  • Pitzer College
  • Vanderbilt University
  • Yale University

Matriculation & Completion

  • 4-yr College Matriculation: 100%
  • 4-yr College Graduation: 90%