Established in 1999 by Rutgers University Board of Governors Distinguished Service Professor Dr. Gloria Bonilla-Santiago in loving memory of her husband Alfredo Santiago with the goal to increase the number of children in Camden who attend college.


100% of LEAP Academy seniors graduate high school.
With your support, 100% can afford to attend college as well.


 $2 million endowed

“This school gave me the ability to have a dream and then hope to make it happen.  So many times people you ‘no’ growing up, college isn’t possible.  But nobody graduates from here thinking they can’t do something.  You graduate knowing whatever college you go to, you can go on to do anything.”
Robert Ransom, LEAP Academy, Santiago Scholar,Class of 2009, Rutgers School of Law, Class of 2016 –PEOPLE Magazine, October, 2015

Students are currently continuing higher education degrees in:

  • Law
  • Nursing
  • Criminal Justice
  • Pharmacy
  • Engineering
  • Economics
  • Sociology
  • Political Science

150 selected Camden students who have:

  • At least a 3.5 cumulative GPA
  • Academic excellence and engagement
  • Excellent attendance in school
  • Positive conduct and good disciplinary standing
  • Outstanding character