Investing in future generations

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Our Mission


LEO Foundation’s mission is to invest in future generations by supporting student leadership
and educational opportunities through scholarships, mentoring, and athletic programs. 


With a deep commitment to drive access to higher education opportunities and youth programs, we focus efforts on outreach, partnerships, and community involvement.

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For nearly 20 years, the Leo Foundation, formerly known as GCU Scholarship Foundation, has connected over 3,000 youth to over $5M in scholarships and a variety of educational and athletic opportunities that promote higher-learning academic achievement.

Every scholarship, mentorship, and program are investments in future leaders that strengthen our communities and contribute to a cycle of success.

LEO Foundation welcomes you to become a part of a growing, Christ-centered group of learners whose lives are making a perpetual effect on the world.


At LEO Foundation, we believe leadership support directly impacts future careers and success. Our programs empower the next generation of leaders by helping students develop essential skills such as analyzing their own strengths and weaknesses, setting goals, and having the confidence, motivation, and ability to carry them out. Graduates are challenged to become individuals whose skills, integrity and sense of purpose distinguish them in the workplace and in the world.


Through our scholarship programs, higher-educational experiences are more accessible to students who might not otherwise have the opportunity to pursue their academic and career goals. In addition, with financial support through scholarships, students have a greater academic focus and an increased chance of staying in school and successfully graduating. The real measure of LEO Foundation’s success lies in the outcome of our students.


LEO Foundation has a long history of connecting students to a wide variety of growth opportunities, such as educational and athletic programming and leadership and mentorship development. Linking today’s leaders with the leaders of tomorrow is a future investment that builds strong communities, transforms individuals, while developing next generations of philanthropists.

We Help Make Dreams Come True



Matthew became a Christian at 18 years old despite his upbringing in a religiously unaffiliated home. Since that time, he has pursued pastoral ministry whole-heartedly. He has served at Christian youth camps and is currently working on his bachelor's degree in Christian studies. This summer, Matthew will lead and serve youth as the Assistant Director at Hume Lake Christian Camp. "Without the help from LEO Foundation, I wouldn't be here and wouldn't have the opportunity to pursue my dream."



Thanks to the LEO Foundation Scholarship, Natalie graduated with honors from an accelerated Bachelors of Science in Nursing. She knew from an early age that this profession was her calling. The academic and book scholarship award allowed her to focus on schoolwork and studying. Natalie is now a registered nurse at an outpatient surgery center, helping dialysis patients.



Through the support of the LEO Foundation and dedication to his goal, Joshua is in his second year of an accelerated three-year undergraduate program to become a pastor in Christian ministry. He realized his calling from God during his junior year of high school and continues to pursue God’s plan for his life. Joshua’s journey has included ministering to youth in the community through his church and summer camps. After graduation, Joshua will pursue a Master of Divinity with plans for a life of ministry as a teaching pastor and serving in various capacities for which he is called and equipped. “I am incredibly thankful for the scholarship funding from the LEO Foundation. It makes all of this possible.”



Through my scholarship opportunity, I have met some amazing people and have found my path in life and a new relationship with God. The Leo Foundation Scholarship Award has given me, a first-generation Hispanic higher-education student, the opportunity to accomplish my goals of getting a Business IT degree, making a name for myself in this precious life, and making my family proud. This opportunity has changed my life!

“Education is the most powerful weapon which you can use to change the world.”

Nelson Mandela