Serving the Community

Community involvement and giving back are important pillars of the Scholars Program. In the sophomore year, Leeds Scholars work on an Outreach Project-- a year-long, team-based effort to address a community need. Students identify a topic, create a project proposal, find local partners where applicable, develop a fundraising initiative and execute a culminating event or design, with checkpoints and oversight throughout the year.

Leeds Scholars participating in the Outreach Programs

Previous Projects

TEDxCU 2016: A World of Progress

Founded in 2012, TEDxCU connects two exceptional communities, the University of Colorado, a world-class institution serving over 30,000 students, and the city of Boulder, a vibrant and diverse community of artists, scientists, creative thinkers, engineers, and more … Organized by CU students and alumni, TEDxCU provides a professional and thought-provoking stage for speakers to deliver their “Idea worth sharing” and spark intellectual collisions between the two communities. Website

Operation Step It Up

While the Covid-19 pandemic kept many children and families at home, a group of Scholars created a program to incentivize local elementary school students to get outside and exercise, purchasing pedometers for the entire University Hill Elementary School 5th grade class and challenging those students in a gamefied experience to walk the length of the state of Colorado in one week.

Boulder Boost

The Boulder Boost Project was designed to meet the needs of homeless individuals eager to better their situation through combating lack of job-seeking skills with the experience that Leeds School of Business students, faculty, and partners bring to the table. Website

KidsTek Partnership

Leeds Scholars work with the KidsTek program at Denver North High School to host a series of college readiness workshops and a visit to the CU campus.

Tax Help Colorado

To support the Tax Help Colorado Program, students worked on volunteer retention and recruitment initiatives. Volunteers are key to providing the free tax assistance that helps thousands of Coloradans access the Earned Income Tax Credit, providing working families with critical cash-back tax credits.

March of Dimes Foundation

The March of Dimes Foundation is a United States nonprofit organization that works to improve the health of mothers and babies. The Boulder March For Babies aimed to raise $200,000 towards preventing birth defects, premature birth and infant mortality.