Leadership, Education and Development
The LEAD program is a business and education partnership that pairs Waco Independent School District, Rapoport Academy, Harmony Science Academy, La Vega and Midway high school students 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 is in its 11th year with a 100 percent graduation rate with all students who have gone onto higher education. Currently, there are 187 students in the program and 93 mentors.
January is National Mentoring Month! Find out how to get involved!
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.
2016/2017 LEAD Scholarship Winners
Congratulations to each of our scholarship recipients!
- University High School student Alexandria Monroy received the $20,000 Bradley Ray Hulse Memorial Scholarship and will attend the University of Texas to study Accounting;
- Waco High student Carnealus Manning received the $7,500 No Boundaries Scholarship, presented by 1519 Surveying & Engineering. Manning will be attending Paul Quinn College to study Kinesiology;
- University High School student Arexy Deleon received the $5,000 LEAD Ambassador Scholarship and will be attending Texas A&M University to study Landscape Engineering/Civil Engineering;
- Midway High School student Chrystazia Alford received the $3,000 LEAD Merit Scholarship and will be attending Prairie View A&M University to study Nursing;
- Waco High School student Mercedes Herring received the $2,000 Alton Davis Memorial Scholarhsip and will be attending McLennan Community College before transferring to Texas State to study Social Work;
- Waco High student Sara White received a $1,000 LEAD Mentor Scholarship and will be attending Texas A&M University to study Education and Human Development/Special Education;
- Waco High student Desiree’ Kuykendall received a $1,000 LEAD Mentor Scholarship and will be attending Stephen F Austin State University to study Kinesiology;
- University High School student Zaira Lara received a $1,000 LEAD Mentor Scholarship and will be attending McLennan Community College before transferring to Tarleton State University to study Nursing.
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