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Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity LEED Scholars Program

What is the LEED scholars program?

The Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program is a competitive scholarship program, designed to attract academically talented women and students from groups historically underrepresented in the field of engineering.

Supported by the Inclusion, Equity, and Diversity in Engineering Student Center and scholarship donations from individuals and corporate partners, LEED Scholars are a diverse student community of undergraduates who meet once per month over a meal. Community meetings include lectures; academic, personal, and career development, social networking; mentoring; and leadership opportunities within the field of engineering. For first-year students, we offer the LEED Links, a peer-mentoring program that pairs incoming students with successful upperclassmen. Our goal is to recruit and graduate leaders in engineering with a passion for service to community and social justice.

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The Leaders in Engineering Excellence and Diversity (LEED) Scholars Program is an academic and student engagement community. Students in LEED receive an annually-renewable financial scholarship, as well as social and academic support through the Engineering Student Center. Approximately 40 incoming students are welcomed to the LEED Scholars Program each Fall. Scholarship awards range from $1,500 annually to full tuition. Selection is based on students’ UW admissions application, including academic merit, extracurricular activities, application essays and letters of recommendation. No additional scholarship application is required.

Attention! To be considered for the LEED Scholars Program, you MUST complete a UW-Madison admissions application and submit a Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA®) to UW-Madison. For more information, refer to the Office of Student Financial Aid website.

Contact the Engineering Student Center

Engineering Student Center
College of Engineering
University of Wisconsin-Madison
1410 Engineering Drive, Suite 101
Madison, WI 53706

Tel: (608) 890-1403

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