We envision a day when top-tier graduate and professional school classrooms throughout the Country are enriched by an equitable representation of first-generation and diverse students, empowered to transform our country’s leadership.
— Jonathan Allen & Derrick Young Jr., Founders

Every year, thousands of students across the United States make the decision to pursue graduate study upon completion of their baccalaureate degrees. Many professionals, including medical doctors, lawyers, college professors, principals, dentists and many others, are required to have successfully completed either a master's or doctoral degree. A successful pursuit of a graduate degree is correlated with increased lifetime earning, increased quality of life, positive social stratification, and generational wealth and knowledge.

However, finances are a large barrier to academic success as tuition costs continue to rise, especially for first-generation and diverse students. The Leadership Scholarship Fund is a resource for underrepresented student leaders to gain financial assistance during their academic pursuits.

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The LB Scholarship Fund awards students who:

  • Are innovative leaders and change agents in their colleges and/or communities

  • Demonstrate commitment to diversity within their school and/or community

  • Show dedication to hard work, equity, justice, leadership, and unity

  • Demonstrate commitment to graduate/professional school


  • Applicant must be a college senior or recent graduate pursuing graduate or professional school.

  • Applicant must have a minimum 3.2 GPA.

  • Applicant must be an active member of a student or community organization.

  • Applicant must be accepted into an accredited graduate or professional school.

  • Occasionally, we may offer scholarships to students not attending graduate or professional school


Be nominated by at least one of the following:

  • a college official (Administrator, Faculty, or Staff)

  • a community-based organization

  • a peer

  • or, themselves (explanation required).

We are currently not accepting unsolicited nominations. Sign up for our Newsletter to keep updated. Please contact us with questions.

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