Welcome to the 2017-18 LEDA Scholars Application!
LEDA is searching the
nation for the next Cohort of 100 exceptional students to become LEDA Scholars.
We’re excited that you have chosen to apply and are here to support you
throughout the application process.
The Application Process
process consists of three rounds. The deadline for this round is December 12th at 11:59 PM PST. After each round, an applicant’s submitted
material will be evaluated by LEDA staff and a decision will be made as to
whether or not the applicant will advance to the next round. Applicants must
successfully complete each portion (Part I, Part II, and an interview) to be
admitted to the LEDA Scholars Program.
LEDA’s review process is holistic, which means that all parts of an
application will be considered before making a decision.
1. Currently enrolled as a junior (11th grade student) in a public high school
2. Applicant must be a U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status
3. LEDA Applicants should have an unweighted GPA of at least 3.6 and be ranked in the top 10% of their class
4. 90% of LEDA Scholars report a family income of $66,000 a year or less. While we will review applicants who report higher incomes than this, admission to the program becomes unlikely if the family income reported is over $85,000.
The LEDA Application is divided into 14 pages. Each page must be completed in order to submit your application. You do not have to complete the application in chronological order or in one sitting. To skip to different parts of the application select the page number in the upper right corner. Your work on the application will not save automatically. In order to save your work select the save my progress button on the upper right corner. You must enter your email address correctly while saving your application. If you do not you will not receive the link to resume work on your application.
Some parts of the application are more time intensive than others. Be sure to review these section and allow yourself enough time to complete.
Table of Contents
Page 1 - Welcome Page
Page 2 - Biographical Information
Page 3 - High School Information
Page 4 - LEDA Survey
Page 5 - Teacher Recommendation
Page 6 - Academic Information Request
Page 7 - Extra-Curricular Activities*
Page 8 - Scholarships & Awards
Page 9 - Summer Involvement
Page 10 - Writing Sample Upload
Page 11 - Photo Upload
Page 12 - Family Information*
Page 13 - Academic Release
Page 14 - Essay Questions*
September 5th-December 12th: 2017-18 LEDA Application is open
December 12th: Final deadline at 11:59 PM PST
December-April: Applications are reviewed by the recruitment and admissions team
February: All Part I applicants are notified
March: All Part II applicants are notified and finalists are invited to participate in a Skype or phone interview.
April: All remaining applicants are notified and 100 LEDA Scholars are admitted to the program.
For questions about the LEDA Scholars program, application, or application process please contact firstname.lastname@example.org