UT LEAD, Now in Fourth Year, is Helping Boost Student Retention

Eighty students attended this year’s UT LEAD Summer Institute, a free five-week program that brought a select group of freshman Promise Scholarship recipients to college for the second summer session. The Summer Institute is a component of the UT LEAD program, which provides academic-year support for all Promise and Pledge recipients. This is the fourth year for the program. Its first class will graduate from the university in May.

UT Stoked for Student Success

He’s assistant director of admissions, adviser to the UT Chapter of the NAACP, member of the Urban League’s Young Professionals, executive board member for the National Achievers Society, second-year doctoral student, father, and husband. And now Eric Stokes’ résumé lists another role—director for the UT LEAD Summer Institute, a five-week program for incoming freshmen, most of them Pledge and Promise scholarship recipients.