Help first-generation college students get the most out of SCU!
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Founded in 2003, the LEAD Scholars Program ensures the success of first-generation college students (students whose parents did not graduate from a four-year university) by focusing on academic success, relationship building and community engagement. The LEAD Scholars Program provides academic and vocational development opportunities, holistic advising, peer mentoring, and community building through a variety of courses, programs, and support networks. For more info about LEAD, please visit: https://www.scu.edu/lead/.
Have high financial need. 78% of them receive federal Pell Grants.
Are high achievers. 83% graduate in four years, higher than the general SCU population.
Are diverse. 56% are Latino, 17% Asian, 13% African American, 9% White, and 4.4% Multiracial.
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 study abroad, undergraduate research, unpaid internships, community-based learning, immersion programs, and summer school.
LEAD Scholars share how LEAD funding has impacted them:
"Being a part of a real research team as an undergraduate student has prepared me for graduate school and beyond. Doing research has developed my creativity, strengthened my professional skills, and fostered my innovation and critical thinking."
--Alejandra '18; received fellowship to participate in undergraduate research in Psychology
"Thanks to the financial support from the Koret Fellowship, I had the opportunity to study abroad in Seville, Spain, through CIEE’s Summer Language & Culture program. This experience has made me a lot more confident in my Spanish communication skills, and I can definitely see myself using these skills to connect with and help more people as an aspiring doctor."
--Jason '18; received fellowship to study abroad in Spain
"The LEAD Scholars Program has been like an extended family on campus. As a student who works multiple part-time jobs, the LEAD Scholarship helped me continue attending SCU!"
--Dominic '19; received a scholarship to fund his SCU tuition