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Breakthrough Scholars Leadership Program


The Breakthrough Scholars Leadership Program is a four-year program that equips a select group of highly talented and high-performing NYU Stern undergraduate scholarship recipients from diverse backgrounds with the skills and relationships needed to grow and excel at school and in their professional careers.

Program benefits include:

  • Full financial support

  • Cohort-based leadership curriculum

  • Corporate visits multiple times per year

  • Professional development workshops

  • One-on-one coaching

  • Mock interview practice

  • Exclusive networking opportunities

  • Faculty mentorship


Student Leaders

Breakthrough Scholars are engaged members of the Stern community. Past Scholars have held key Stern leadership positions, including President of the Student Council and the Stern Baccalaureate speaker, among others.


Career Paths

At Stern, support is given to foster academic excellence. Past Breakthrough Scholar graduates have gone on to pursue impressive professional careers. 

Employers include:

  • Accenture

  • ACON Investments

  • Bloomberg Philanthropies

  • Citibank

  • Goldman Sachs

  • Google

  • Hearst

  • J.P. Morgan

  • LiveNation
  • PwC

Featured News

Transforming Lives through Scholarship: Meet 3 Undergraduate Breakthrough Scholars

Meet Varinia Munoz (BS/MS ’19), Aldo Gonzalez (BS ’20), and Dena Samad (BS/MS ’19) who participated in the Breakthrough Scholars program.

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On Being a 'Sternie': Reflection From a Breakthrough Scholar

Karen Carrillo (BS ’21) shares more about what being a Breakthrough Scholar means to her.

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