Leadership, Education and Development
The LEAD program is a business and education partnership that pairs high school students from Waco ISD, Rapoport Academy, Harmony Science Academy, La Vega ISD, Midway ISD, and, for the 2018-19 school year, the Methodist Children’s Home, with business leaders to foster mentoring relationships that educate and expose students to various business fields. By improving the students’ knowledge of higher education and potential career paths they expand their goals for their future. The Greater Waco Chamber hopes to motivate them to graduate high school and pursue higher education, which in turn ensures greater employability and quality of life.
The LEAD program just finished its 11th year with a 100 percent graduation rate, with all students planning to go on to higher education. The most recent group was made up of 187 students and 93 mentors.
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Every year, LEAD awards the Bradley Ray Hulse Memorial Scholarship to a senior in the program. This $20,000 scholarship is sponsored by Central National Bank and First National Bank of Central Texas, and is awarded to a LEAD student that exemplifies what the LEAD program stands for. The scholarship is awarded at the annual banquet at the end of the school year.
2017/2018 LEAD Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to each of our scholarship recipients!
- Waco High School student Amaya Martinez received the $20,000 Bradley Ray Hulse Memorial Scholarship and will attend Texas State University to study athletic training.
- Waco High School student Samayim Davis received the $10,000 Distinction Scholarship and will attend the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor to study Nursing.
- La Vega High School student Kandice Graves received the $7,500 No Boundaries Scholarship and will attend Sam Houston State University to study Forensic Science.
- University High School student Rachel McCullough also received the $7,500 No Boundaries Scholarship and will attend Navarro College before transferring to the University of Texas at Arlington to study Nursing.
- Waco High School student Kenisha Huitt received the $5,000 LEAD Scholarship and will attend the University of North Texas to study Broadcast Journalism.
- La Vega High School student Ramon Gonzalez received the $2,000 Alton Davis Memorial Scholarship and will attend McLennan Community College to study Business and Computer Science.
- Harmony Science Academy student Sara McMullin received a $1,500 LEAD Merit Scholarship and will attend Texas State University to study Nursing.
- Harmony Science Academy student Alan Espinosa received a $1,500 LEAD Merit Scholarship and will attend the University of Texas at Dallas to study Computer Science.
- Midway High School student Shantavia Staples received a $1,000 LEAD Persistence Scholarship and will attend Prairie View A&M to study Fashion Design.
- La Vega High School student Alyssa Seybert received a $1,000 LEAD Persistence Scholarship and will attend McLennan Community College to study Exercise and Sports Science.
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