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Leadership, Education & Development (LEAD)

The LEAD program is a business and education partnership that pairs high school students from Waco, University, Rapoport Academy, Harmony School of Innovation, La Vega, Lorena, Midway and the Methodist 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 these students to graduate high school and pursue higher education, which in turn ensures greater employ-ability and quality of life.

The LEAD program is in its 12th year with a 100 percent graduation rate with all students who have gone onto higher education. Currently, there are 197 students in the program and 97 mentors.

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Scholarship Opportunities

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.

Congratulations to the 2018 scholarship recipients!

The annual $20,000 Bradley Ray Hulse Memorial Scholarship was awarded to Amaya Martinez, a Waco High School senior student who will be attending Texas State University to study Athletic Training.

The remaining $37,000 was awarded to nine other scholarship recipients.

  • Waco High School student Samayim Davis received the $10,000 Distinction Scholarship, presented by The Magnolia Foundation. Davis will be attending the University of Mary-Hardin Baylor to study Nursing.
  • La Vega High School student Kandice Graves received the $7,500 No Boundaries Scholarship, presented by 1519 Surveying and Engineering and The Magnolia Foundation. Graves will be attending Sam Houston State University to study Forensic Science.
  • University High School student Rachel McCullough also received the $7,500 No Boundaries Scholarship, presented by 1519 Surveying and Engineering and The Magnolia Foundation. McCullough will be attending 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. Huitt will be attending the University of North Texas to study Broadcast Journalism.
  • La Vega High School student Ramon Gonzalez received the $2,000 Alton Davis Memorial Scholarship. Gonzalez will be attending McLennan Community College to study Business and Computer Science.
  • Harmony Science Academy student Sara McMullin received a $1,500 LEAD Merit Scholarship, presented by Brazos Masonry. McMullin will be attending Texas State University to study Nursing.
  • Harmony Science Academy student Alan Espinosa received a $1,500 LEAD Merit Scholarship, presented by Brazos Masonry. Espinosa will be attending the University of Texas at Dallas to study Computer Science.
  • Midway High School student Shantavia Staples received a $1,000 LEAD Persistence Scholarship, presented by BKD, LLP. Staples will be attending Prairie View A&M to study Fashion Design.
  • La Vega High School student Alyssa Seybert received a $1,000 LEAD Persistence Scholarship, presented by BKD, LLP. Seybert will be attending McLennan Community College to study Exercise and Sports Science.

For more information about LEAD or to volunteer, please contact Rachel Martinez at 254-757-5633 or email committee chair, Joe Nesbitt.

Thank You to Our Presenting Sponsor:

Providence Healthcare Network

Thank You to Our Additional Sponsors: