Program Benefits

Beyond Scholarships

The Kaplan Leadership Program removes many of your financial burdens, allowing you to complete your associate's degree and earn a bachelor's degree. The Kaplan Leadership Program shows you how to take control of your future, change your life, and achieve your academic and career goals. Program benefits include:

  • Academic advising and transfer admissions support to help you transition from your associate's degree program to a bachelor's degree program.
    • Work one-on-one with an academic and transfer admissions advisor.
    • Learn how to choose the right four-year program for you.
    • Visit four-year schools.
    • Access to and assistance identifying and applying for other scholarships.
  • Financial support that allows you to focus on school.
    • Get scholarships of up to $3,000 per year toward your associate's degree.
    • Receive additional funding for living expenses through completion of your bachelor’s degree
    • Enjoy funding to help with other academic expenses including transportation and books.
  • Personal development, training, and mentoring.
    • Participate in weekly workshops given by industry leaders and other professionals.
    • Improve your skills with individual tutoring in math, English.
    • Get career counseling, job placement support, and admissions guidance for graduate and professional programs.
  • Cultural Enrichment Opportunities.
    • Experience New York City cultural events such as visits to museums and Broadway shows.

How do I apply?

Note: The Application is now open! Click (here) to access the online application portal. All eligible applicants will also be considered for the Transfer Initiative Program (see below).



Transfer Initiative Program


In September of 2017, KEF launched the Transfer Initiative Program (TIP) funded by a generous grant from Con Edison. The purpose of the Transfer Initiative Program is to increase access to selective colleges and universities for high-achieving community college students of color who are interested in transferring to complete their bachelor's degrees.

The Foundation provides advisement and support for students that were not admitted to the KLP Program, but have a leadership profile and a desire to transfer. While in the program, TIP students receive transfer admissions advisement, and application support through individualized writing support and financial support to cover the following costs: transcript fees, financial aid application fees and testing fees.