Our future will be shaped by those who pursue excellence in their daily lives. Those who lead will positively transform our communities.


Sometimes, these leaders need further guidance or financial assistance in their pursuit of higher education.


L.E.A.D. - KC Foundation is recognized as a 501(c)(3) organization by the IRS.  Your contribution is tax-deductible. 


There are kids who do all of the right things in their lives, sometimes against all odds, but may lack the support system or financial resources to continue down the path of success. We endeavor to help those who will enact positive change by assisting them in their journey.  Our organization attempts to provide a "hand up" during the pursuit of higher education, helping individuals meaningfully transform their future for themselves and their families. ​​​​


Born and raised in the Kansas City area, Samuel ("Sam") Scott was blessed by an ever-supportive family and was surrounded by caring mentors.  After successes as a student-athlete in high school and college, he came to understand that the lessons learned from his family, the classroom, and in athletics shaped the perspectives of daily life.  The application of leadership, teamwork, resilience and hard work do not change, only the situations or circumstances in which you apply them do.  He founded L.E.A.D. - KC Foundation to provide assistance to and encourage tomorrow's difference makers.

Sam was selected by Ingram's magazine as a member of ​Kansas City's "40 Under Forty" (Class of 2016), recognizing the area's young community and business leaders.  Additionally, he was named Kansas City Business Journal's 2016 NextGen Leader.  Sam is currently the head of Rice University's alumni association in Kansas City and the President of Sunrise Advisors, Inc., a wealth management firm in Leawood, Kansas (