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LEDA Application Deadline is December 10, 2018

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) empowers a community of exceptional young leaders from under-resourced backgrounds by supporting their higher education and professional success in order to create a more inclusive and equitable country.


FREE seven-week Summer Institute at Princeton University provides: • Leadership training • Writing classes • College guidance and college trips • ACT/SAT prep • LEDA community • Room, board, and travel fully funded by LEDA


Throughout senior year, LEDA College Guidance offers: • One-on-one college counseling • Letters of recommendation • Intensive feedback on application essays • Funding for all application and testing fees • Support applying for financial aid and scholarships


In college, LEDA Scholars receive: • Academic counseling and personal support from LEDA College Success • Career counseling and development from the LEDA Career Network • Support from LEDA’s Peer Mentoring program • Internship and job opportunities • Financial support to attend LEDA community events

Financial Aid & Scholarships


Apply for a FSA ID and FAFSA

(Free Application for Federal Student Aid)


FAFSA Website

College Board Financial Profile - CSS

In addition to the FAFSA form, many private colleges and universities require students to complete the CollegeBoard's financial aid profile in order to determine how much financial aid and scholarship assistance the student will need.

Visit CollegeBoard's CSS Profile website!

Special Circumstances

For students who are homeless, you will need to contact the APS Title 1 Homeless Project. (505-256-8239 ext. 46902)

For students who are undocumented, you will need to contact Armando Bustamante who works with El Centro de la Raza at the University of New Mexico. (505-277-5020)


Scholarships for SENIORS

North American Van Lines 2018 Logistics Scholarship Competition- Deadline December 15, 2018

Alice Faye Kent Hoppes for African American Seniors - Deadline January 2, 2019

Ge - Reagan Foundation Scholarship Foundation - Deadline January 4, 2019 

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest - Deadline January 18, 2019

Hamilton Relay Guidelines and Application - Deadline January 19, 2019

New Mexico Activities Association - Deadline February 1, 2019

New Mexico Association of School Business Officials - Deadline February 8, 2019

Organ Transplant Awareness Program - Deadline February 14, 2019

Sparkling Ice - Deadline February 15, 2019

Credit Union Association of New Mexico - Deadline February 22, 2019

New Mexico Coalition of Educational Leaders - Deadline  February 22, 2019

New Mexico Education Council - Deadline March 1, 2019

Sparx & Lorenzo Foundation - Deadline March 8, 2019

Jiffy Lube Scholarship - Deadline March 11, 2019

What do you need for scholarships?

Scholarships vary. Requirements vary -  Some may require a certain GPA or ACT/SAT scores, some may require you study a specific field in college (ex. healthcare, engineering, education, etc.), some may require volunteer work, some may require short or long essays, and some may require letters of recommendation. IT TAKES TIME TO FIND AND COMPLETE SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS.

Letter of Recommendation Request Form