Apply to the Kaplan Leadership Program

What is KLP looking for in an applicant?

The Kaplan Leadership Program is looking for students that understand the importance of a great education in building a successful career. If you are a high achiever with ambitions to challenge yourself and become a leader in your profession and community, apply! We are looking for students that meet the following criteria:

  • Achievement and Academic Ability: Possess strong academic record at the community college that includes consistent course enrollment, degree progress and grades.
  • Financial need: Demonstrated financial need (Federal Pell and/or NY State Tap eligible) 
  • Persistence: Proven record of success by persevering through personal, academic and professional challenges.
  • Leadership: Taking initiative and able to meet set a path to meet and exceed personal, academic and professional expectations.
  • Desire to help others:  Be an engaged global citizen, committed to putting your skills, abilities and passion to work in order to improve the lives of others and the needs of society as a whole.  

All applicants to the Kaplan Leadership Program must meet the following qualifications for consideration:

  • Be a current student enrolled in an accredited Associate's degree program in the New York City area
  • Earned a Minimum GPA of 3.5 (on a 4.0 scale)
  • Completed 24 to 30 non-remedial college credits by the end of your Spring 2014 semester*
  • Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident
  • Qualify for federal and/or state financial aid
  • Be Black/African American, Hispanic/Latino, or Native American
  • Committed to transfer to a Bachelor's program immediately upon completion of Associate's degree

*If you will have earned more than 30 credits towards your degree by Spring 2014, but still have at least one year to complete your Associate's degree, please contact the Foundation directly to discuss your qualifications.


 Click here to access our on-line application.

All applicants to the Kaplan Leadership Program must submit the following:

  • Completed application including personal statement and short answer essays
  • 2 Letters of Reference: 1 Academic and 1 Professional
  • Unoffical transcripts from all colleges attended
  • Offical transcripts from all high schools attended OR a copy of GED scores
  • Record of employment or internship history
  • Student Aid Report (SAR) for '13-'14 academic year
  • Award letter from your college for '13-'14 academic year
  • OPTIONAL: Nomination Form

On Campus Contacts (Champions) The following provides a location on each campus where students can pick up program brochures or get help with their application. If your college is not listed, you meet the Program's eligibility requirements, and you have questions, contact the Foundation at (212) 707-5300.


School On-Campus Location Contact Name(s)
Borough of Manhattan Community College Scholarship Office Room S343 Ms. Sussie Gyamfi
Scholarship Coordinator
Bronx Community College Colston Hall
Room 528
Yvonne Erazo-Davila
Scholarship Coordinator
College of Staten Island Career and Scholarship Center
Room 1A-105
Dr. Geoff Hempill
Coordinator of Fellowships & Scholarships
Hostos Community College Transfer Office
Room D-101A

Office of Student Development
Room C-392
Liz Santos
Student Services Coordinator
Office of Transfer Services

Jason Libfeld
Student Leadership Coordinator
Hudson County Community College Center for Academic and Student Success
A Building
2nd Floor
Duane Williams
Asst Director, Advisement & Counseling
Kingsborough Community College Career Development/Transfer Office
Room C102

Melissa Merced
Transfer Services Coordinator

LaGuardia Community College

Office of Transfer Services            Room B215

ASAP Office               Room B235  




Bernetta Parson
Director, Transfer Services

Lavie Margolin
ASAP Career & Employment Specialist

Karlyn Koh, PhD
Professor of English                                        Chair, Honors Program                         

Medgar Evers College Room 2015-T Jeffrey Sigler
Director, Freshman Year Program
NYC College of Technology Placement Office
Room N602B

Scholarships and Residency Office
Room NG 09
Adrian Griffith
Director of Placement

Olliver Davis
Scholarship Director
Queensborough Community College Library Building
Room 420
George Muchita
Four-Year College Transfer Coordinator
Westchester Community College Scholarship Office
Library Room 242
Sandra Ramsay
Scholarship Manager

Questions? Check out our Frequently Asked Questions, email us at or call 212-707-5300.