College-Prep Programs

LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America)

100 qualified high school juniors who show leadership potential but lack the exposure and support they need to attend highly selective colleges. LEDA Scholars receive leadership training, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and a year of highly personalized guidance as they navigate the application and admissions process at the most competitive colleges.

Who should apply?first-gen and/or low-income students
Eligible Grade Levelsjuniors
Opensnow open
DeadlineDecember 14, 2021
Decisions ReleasedApril – May 2022
LocationPrinceton University (7-week fully funded summer institute experience)
Selectivityone cohort of 100 students per year

Application Requirements

  • high school junior (c/o 2023)
  • US citizen, permanent resident, or has DACA status
  • annual household income under $90,000
  • minimum UW GPA of 3.5

Application Process

Round 1 (now open, due Dec. 14, 2021 @ 11:59 PST)

  • requirements: academic profile from counselor, biographical info, financial info, graded essay w/ teacher comments, personal statement + supplemental essay (total of 2 essays), extracurricular activities, ONE letter of recommendation

Round 2 (March-April 2022, finalist round)

  • requirements: verification of income (tax returns+ legal status, academic info update)

April-May 2022: Results are released


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

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