Cultivating Diverse Leadership for Business and Society 

Breakthrough Scholars in a group holding 'I am Stern' poster

The NYU Breakthrough Scholars Leadership Program is a four-year program that equips a select group of Stern undergraduate students with the skills and relationships needed to excel at school and in their professional careers. The program offers cohort-based leadership workshops and activities to complement the academic support, extracurricular, and career development resources available to all Stern students.

The Breakthrough Scholars Leadership Program exemplifies NYU’s dual commitments to make college accessible to students and cultivate diverse leaders on campus. Its Scholars represent a diverse range of backgrounds. Some Scholars are first generation. They are from all over the country and have a wide range of interests. All of our Scholars exhibit a commitment to community service and  leadership potential. With the help of a strong support network of peers, mentors, and sponsors, Breakthrough Scholars are able to discover their interests and realize their full potential at NYU

During  the program, Scholars will:

  • Develop their sense of purpose;

  • Cultivate diverse networks of meaningful relationships that advance their capacity to create impact;

  • Engage in academic, service, and/or professional activities that align with their purpose; and

  • Articulate compelling narratives about their purpose, impact, and ambitions that enable them to gain support for their leadership work.