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LEAD Scholars Program

SCU’s first-generation college students need your support now more than ever!

 


This year SCU’s first-generation college students have experienced significant challenges as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic including the financial stress of job loss, the adjustment to online learning with less access to technology, and the cancellation of hard-won summer opportunities. 

In a fall survey on the impact of COVID 19

  • 42% of LEAD Scholars reported loss of employment and income
  • 55% indicated that it would be hard to adjust to online learning
  • 38% reported that they had lost an academic opportunity (e.g. internship or study abroad)


The LEAD Scholars Program has responded with emergency grants and scholarships so our students have their living and educational needs met. We’ve also provided fellowship funding so that students can afford to pursue unpaid internships, their own academic projects, or other “out of the box” experiences amidst limited opportunities. 

This student funding is part of the LEAD Scholars Program’s comprehensive suite of support that includes academic courses, advising, social events, vocational exploration, networking, community outreach, funding, leadership opportunities, and alumni engagement. For more info about LEAD, please visit: https://www.scu.edu/lead/.

Your donation will make an impact by funding:

  • Scholarships to provide students with funding for tuition, room and board, and other school expenses. 
  • Microgrants to help students with emergency and living expenses, including replacing broken computers, rent and food.
  • Fellowships to fund student participation in high-impact experiences like undergraduate research and unpaid internships.

During this unprecedented time, your gift on the Day of Giving is more important than ever!


LEAD Scholars share how LEAD funding has impacted them:

"Being a first-generation college student and single mother at Santa Clara University comes with a whole slew of challenges. Thank God for the LEAD Program and the funding they were able to bless me with. Because of their help I can focus on being a better student, which in turn makes me a better mother and overall better person. I am extremely grateful for the support and guidance I have gotten from the LEAD Scholars Program." 

— Vaneysha, '22, received funding for living expenses 

“My Zoom experience is much better now. Before upgrading, I had to turn off my video feeds in order to let professors and classmates hear my voice during class and discussions, but my classmates sometimes still said my voice had been cut off. Now I am able to keep my camera on and they can hear my voice crystal clear. Thank you for all the support.” 

— Lin, '21, received funding for an internet upgrade

“Due to COVID -19, my three Santa Clara study abroad opportunities to Nepal; Oaxaca, Mexico and Barcelona, Spain got cancelled. Thanks to LEAD and donors like you, I was able to obtain funding on short notice for my Research Analyst position under Dr. Jegathesan in the Anthropology Department. Thanks to this opportunity, I was extended this position for two additional quarters.” 

— Bryan, '21, received funding to participate in undergraduate research and is now a Fulbright Fellowship finalist



Bronco Nation Donation Location
Rank State Gifts
1 CA 119
2 WA 7
3 OR 4
Leaderboard
Total Dollars Raised
Total dollars raised by a participating group
Rank Department Raised
1 Student Scholarships $1,127,375.00
2 Athletics $524,653.37
3 School of Engineering $334,713.98
4 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education $329,223.40
5 Jesuit School of Theology $115,425.00
6 Class Year/Memorial Scholarships $115,372.23
7 Fr. Coz Scholarship $111,405.00
8 Leavey School of Business $106,868.15
9 Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation $103,135.00
10 School of Law $97,710.00
11 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Scholarships $92,750.31
12 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics $81,989.13
13 Men's Rugby $68,135.88
14 College of Arts and Sciences $59,540.18
15 LEAD Scholars Program $44,030.00
16 Education & Counseling Psychology $42,662.23
17 Sustainability Initiatives $39,625.00
18 Other $35,075.00
19 Catala Club $31,430.00
20 Campus Recreation & Club Sports $24,550.00
21 Santa Clara Fund $24,235.50
22 Alumni Family Scholarship Program $22,001.00
23 Special Assistance Funds $13,655.20
24 Student Life & Student Organizations $9,355.00
25 Campus Ministry $5,770.14
26 University Library $3,450.00
27 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship $3,410.00
28 Kids on Campus $3,295.00
29 de Saisset Museum $3,101.00
30 OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute $2,005.00
Ended
Leaderboard
Total Number of Gifts
Total number of gifts by a participating group
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 1,687
2 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Scholarships 424
3 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 274
4 Men's Rugby 268
5 College of Arts and Sciences 266
6 School of Engineering 256
7 Leavey School of Business 230
8 School of Law 198
9 Sustainability Initiatives 186
10 LEAD Scholars Program 141
11 Alumni Family Scholarship Program 128
12 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 125
13 Class Year/Memorial Scholarships 120
14 Santa Clara Fund 119
15 Jesuit School of Theology 114
16 Campus Recreation & Club Sports 92
17 Fr. Coz Scholarship 83
18 Special Assistance Funds 64
19 Catala Club 63
20 Student Life & Student Organizations 56
21 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 53
22 Other 52
23 Kids on Campus 43
24 Education & Counseling Psychology 35
25 Campus Ministry 35
26 Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation 30
27 University Library 23
28 de Saisset Museum 19
29 OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute 15
Ended
Leaderboard
Which Undergraduate Alumni Class is All In for SCU
Total gifts raised by each undergraduate alumni class year
Undergraduate Class Year (if applicable)
Rank Answer Amount
1 1992 $182,801.00
2 2004 $59,654.46
3 1986 $44,475.00
4 1994 $41,775.00
5 1988 $36,258.00
6 1967 $33,450.00
7 1974 $29,837.40
8 1990 $27,810.00
9 1963 $25,250.00
10 1981 $24,400.00
11 1973 $22,775.00
12 1982 $22,068.00
13 1993 $21,495.00
14 1977 $20,280.00
15 1979 $16,425.00
16 1987 $16,325.00
17 1976 $14,745.00
18 1975 $14,520.00
19 1978 $14,275.00
20 1980 $13,800.00
21 2000 $12,000.00
22 1991 $11,900.00
23 1969 $11,720.00
24 2007 $11,180.00
25 2006 $10,980.00
26 1971 $10,800.00
27 2008 $10,370.00
28 1970 $8,780.00
29 2002 $8,760.00
30 2005 $8,360.00
31 1966 $7,950.00
32 1989 $7,525.00
33 2001 $7,225.00
34 1985 $6,845.00
35 2013 $6,655.00
36 1997 $6,050.00
37 2017 $5,999.00
38 2014 $5,895.66
39 1998 $5,715.00
40 2019 $5,460.00
41 1984 $5,350.00
42 1972 $5,085.00
43 1932 $5,000.00
44 2010 $4,380.00
45 2009 $4,375.00
46 1961 $4,300.00
47 2011 $4,220.00
48 1968 $4,125.00
49 2003 $3,415.00
50 2016 $3,325.00
51 2012 $3,240.12
52 1960 $3,075.00
53 2015 $3,055.15
54 1995 $2,760.00
55 2018 $2,684.87
56 1983 $2,625.00
57 2020 $2,440.00
58 1996 $2,325.00
59 1999 $2,150.00
60 1962 $1,250.00
61 1965 $1,125.00
62 1964 $1,000.00
63 1957 $950.00
64 1959 $650.00
65 1942 $500.00
66 2021 $60.00
67 2024 $35.00
68 2023 $10.00
Ended
$25,000
LEAD Scholars Challenge
Over 100 gifts were made to LEAD Scholars, unlocking a $25k challenge gift from an anonymous donor.
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