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 open May 14 - June 14, 2021 Click (here) to access the online application portal.



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 was 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. Using the learnings from this pilot, KEF relaunched the Kaplan Leadership Program in 2019, using a hybrid model to more than double the number of Scholars accepted each year.