USC Price School of Public Policy

LEAP Program

Learning to Excel Academically and Professionally

Every gift toward the LEAP Program is an important investment in the academic and professional success of Price undergraduate students, who go on to solve the most important social, environmental, and urban issues of our day. I encourage you to give generously, and empower our students to be true agents of change within their communities.

Mike Lederer ’89
Chair of the LEAP Steering Committee

At USC Price, we believe it is our privilege to train the next generation of leaders who will tackle the important social, environmental, and urban issues of our day – and we take that charge seriously. We are deeply committed to providing students with the very best academic training; but just as importantly, we want to prepare our students to excel personally and professionally.

We invite you to read more about the LEAP (Learning to Excel Academically and Professionally) Undergraduate Program below, and discover the importance of supporting undergraduate education at the USC Price School of Public Policy.

Student Lab Experiences

Detroit Lab
Thanks to the vision and generosity of LEAP Steering Committee members Mike Lederer ’89 and John Jenkins ’89, the inaugural USC Price Detroit Capstone Lab was held in May 2014. Hosted by the nonprofit organization Detroit Future City, twenty Price undergraduate students explored the city’s unique elements of the community revitalization, including: the redevelopment of commercial real estate; the development and expansion of the M-1 RAIL project; the development of new downtown housing targeted to millennials; the impact of sports and culture in revitalization efforts; and the recruitment of high-tech entrepreneurial companies.

Washington, D.C. Lab
This week-long lab experience is the culmination of a millennial leadership class that focuses on developing students’ leadership and problem-solving skills in the policy arena. Focusing specifically on transition-aged youth this year, students spend a semester studying the local, state, and national policy issues related to health, housing, education, and employment concerns for this population. The class culminates in a week-long lab in Washington, DC, where students gain experience in the national legislative and policymaking process, as well as engage with nonprofits organizations headquartered in Washington, D.C.

Ki Suh and Ildong C. Park Undergraduate Lab
Ildong C. Park recently established a week-long professional learning lab for undergraduate students, in honor of her late husband, Ki Suh Park. Under the supervision of faculty affiliated with the Master of Planning program, this lab will host twenty undergraduate students for an intensive week-long learning experience. Hosted each year in Los Angeles, students will work with a real-world client to complete a comprehensive assignment focused on neighborhoods and urban development.

Undergraduate Speaker Series


The Rawjee Family Student Conversation provides undergraduate students the opportunity to interact with a variety of community leaders in the Los Angeles area. The series allows students to gain new perspectives on important social issues, cultivate new interests and passions, discover potential career opportunities, and create lasting friendships with their peers and mentors. Through these enrichment opportunities, undergraduate students have met with city managers, debated ballot initiatives, addressed health policy issues, and toured the Los Angeles River.

Scholarships / Safety-Net Funding


The Price School believes that every qualified student should have access to the very best education available, regardless of personal financial circumstances. As part of the LEAP Undergraduate Program, the Price School is working to aggressively increase scholarship funds available to undergraduate students. Currently, over half of our undergraduate students receive scholarships of some level, thanks to the school’s generous donors.

Additionally, the LEAP Program has created a special “safety net” fund for undergraduate students facing overwhelming financial obstacles. These funds provide short-term “gap support” for students, such as rent for a few months or tuition for one semester. With your help, the Price School’s safety net fund will ensure that no student is forced to delay their studies due to financial hardship.

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