Our Story

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Meet Our Founder

Leila Champion is a community leader and an up and coming philanthropist, who is passionate about supporting under resourced minorities on the journey to higher education.

It all started when…

our founder had the opportunity to study at Harvard University for 7 weeks. As she walked through the yard each morning she saw thousands of tourists showing their children around. It startled her that about 50% of those tourist were minorities although only about 1% of them were African American or Hispanic. She was also surprised that many of the tourists or students were not from the Midwest! This realization intrigued her and provoked her to look into the demographics of the Ivy League in comparison to the demographics of Indianapolis. She discovered a small percentage of students attending elite institutions were African American or Hispanic meanwhile a nice chunk of Indianapolis’ population is African American and Hispanic. Her findings made her want to educate minority students that may have the potential to attend elite institutions about the benefits they could reap from attending which is why she began The Champion Project.

 

Our Mission

 

The Champion Project acts as a vehicle to eliminate the gap between the nation’s brightest minorities and leading colleges by equipping them with the foundational information they need to be admitted and thrive at elite institutions.

Our goal is to expose minorities to the opportunities offered at top-tier institutions so they will not limit their potential. With that being said, we expect at least 80% of our scholars to matriculate onto the campus of an elite institution.

Our Impact

Before our 2019 Minority Ivy League College Tour, nearly all of our scholars believed that they were not capable of being admitted into an Ivy League college. Our students also believed that these institutions were not affordable nor safe spaces for them. After our tour, 100% of our scholars understand that these schools are need-blind, have seen some of the communities on these campus specifically for students of color, plan on applying to at least one elite institution, and believe they have what it takes to be accepted into one.

Here’s video testimonials from scholars and chaperones who attended our 2019 Minority Ivy League College Tour. Enjoy!