Scholarships | Ensure the quality and diversity of Austin's future leaders.

Since 1999, Leadership Austin has been awarding scholarships to qualified Emerge and Essential candidates—enriching the experience for all class members. Diversity of experience, point of view, and opportunity is abundant in Austin, and all are needed for the important dialogue that builds great leaders. In order to ensure that diversity, selected candidates for the Emerge and Essential program will not be denied participation due to financial constraints. Leadership Austin offers tuition assistance to candidates who demonstrate a need for a scholarship.

Scholarships Awarded To Date


From Our Donors


  • Kate Voth Memorial Fund

  • Emerge 2011 Alumni

“The Emerge Class of 2011 has come together to honor the memory of our classmate, Kate Voth. On June 1, 2013, Kate lost her valiant battle with Melanoma at the age of 27. A young professional woman, an active community member, a runner, a sister, a wife, a friend… Kate inspired us all. In her memory, we’d like to give the opportunity for other ambitious young and active professionals to strengthen their leadership skills through the Emerge program.”

  • The Social Entrepreneur Fund

  • Laurie Loew (Essential 2012)

“I found the Essential class so life altering that I decided I wanted my company—Give Realty—to provide a scholarship fund for future participants with a social entrepreneurship background. I was fortunate to cross paths with Leadership Austin early in my social entrepreneurial journey, and what I learned through their programs has helped me define the roads I have taken both personally and professionally. It’s my hope that by providing scholarship funds for the Essential class, other social entrepreneurs will find guidance and blaze new trails for the benefit of Austin and the world at large.”