Project Description

RGV LEAD’s Scholars program has operated for over 20 years, and over a hundred thousand students have graduated with honors as college-and-career-focused Scholars graduates during that time.

RGV LEAD scholars is a graduate-recognition program developed and managed by the RGV LEAD Board. Tens of thousands of students have graduated with honors through the program since it began in 1999. Participating in RGV LEAD Scholars encourages high school students to develop college-and-career graduation plans and complete those plans. A student must fulfill defined requirements to graduate as an RGV LEAD Scholar Requirements change from time to time, keeping with changing state graduation requirements.

The requirements are listed.  Phase-in is as follows:

Class of 2020

The requirements for the Class of 2020 will remain the same as for the Class of 2019. No change for this year’s graduating seniors.

Class of 2021

The Class of 2021 has the opportunity to choose one of these two options:

Option 1:  Graduate under the requirements that were in effect for the Class of 2020.

Option 2:  Graduate under the new requirements.

Class of 2022

Graduates are in Option 2.

Each school year RGV LEAD presents a $5,000 scholarship to the outstanding student who graduated as an RGV LEAD Scholar and charted a path to higher education through participation in the college-and-career-focused programs promoted by RGV LEAD. The Scholarship encourages students to complete their programs of study and exit high school well-prepared for their futures.


Now more than ever, your gifts to RGV LEAD make a tremendous impact on Rio Grande Valley students.  Through your generosity, RGV LEAD is inspiring the next generation of leaders, problem-solvers, and lifesavers. With your support, we will continue to move with RGV LEAD Scholarships.