Behrend to offer free college-prep course for high school students

The Metzgar Center at Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend has developed a new college-prep summer program for high school students with financial need or interest in a field of study where they are underrepresented. 

Credit: Penn State Behrend

Penn State Behrend invites area high school juniors to apply to its new free college-prep summer program, LEADS: An Early College Experience.

The LEADS program, which stands for Learn, Explore, Advance, Discover, and Succeed, offers eligible students the opportunity to take a free course for college credit plus participate in field trips, workshops, mentoring programs and other leaning experiences.

In addition to free tuition, LEADS participants receive any necessary textbooks, parking permits and bus passes.

To be eligible for LEADS for summer 2021, students must be high school juniors during the 2020-21 school year with a grade-point average of 3.0 or higher and meet any of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student
  • Member of an underrepresented group
  • Economically disadvantaged students, such as those who qualify for the federal free or reduced lunch program
  • Students who may be underrepresented in their planned field of study, such as women interested in STEM fields or men interested in nursing

The deadline to apply to LEADS for summer 2021 is May 7. For an application or more information, visit or contact Behrend’s Office of Admissions at 814-898-6100 or [email protected].

The LEADS program replaces the College Experience for Diverse Students (CEDS) and Women in Science and Engineering (WISE) programs.