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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 $466,121.18
3 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education $328,723.40
4 School of Engineering $328,162.98
5 Jesuit School of Theology $115,425.00
6 Class Year/Memorial Scholarships $114,847.23
7 Fr. Coz Scholarship $110,805.00
8 Leavey School of Business $106,568.15
9 Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation $103,135.00
10 School of Law $94,610.00
11 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Scholarships $92,260.12
12 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics $78,089.13
13 Men's Rugby $67,835.88
14 College of Arts and Sciences $58,715.18
15 LEAD Scholars Program $44,030.00
16 Education & Counseling Psychology $42,662.23
17 Sustainability Initiatives $39,325.00
18 Catala Club $31,430.00
19 Other $27,850.00
20 Campus Recreation & Club Sports $24,300.00
21 Santa Clara Fund $22,985.50
22 Alumni Family Scholarship Program $21,051.00
23 Special Assistance Funds $13,365.20
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 de Saisset Museum $2,801.00
29 Kids on Campus $2,745.00
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 1,658
2 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives and Scholarships 418
3 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 273
4 Men's Rugby 266
5 College of Arts and Sciences 262
6 School of Engineering 251
7 Leavey School of Business 227
8 School of Law 193
9 Sustainability Initiatives 183
10 LEAD Scholars Program 141
11 Alumni Family Scholarship Program 123
12 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 119
13 Class Year/Memorial Scholarships 118
14 Jesuit School of Theology 114
15 Santa Clara Fund 110
16 Campus Recreation & Club Sports 90
17 Fr. Coz Scholarship 81
18 Catala Club 63
19 Special Assistance Funds 60
20 Student Life & Student Organizations 56
21 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 53
22 Other 43
23 Kids on Campus 41
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 17
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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