LEAD Scholars Program
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/.

Our students:

  • 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


FINAL COUNTDOWN: 5000 gifts challenge for $25K
If we receive 5000 gifts before midnight, an alumna from the Class of 1989 will contribute $25K to the Santa Clara Fund.
5,000 / 5,000 Gifts
Early Riser
Congratulations to Kara H. '17 for winning the Early Riser Challenge! Kara has chosen Women's Ultimate to receive an additional $500.
111th at 11
Congratulations to Angela S, parent of a 2013 grad, for winning the 111 at 11:00 Challenge. Angela has chosen the Ignatian Center to receive an additional $500.
Picnic Basket
Congratulations to Justin O, Class of '18, for winning the Picnic Basket Challenge! Justin has chosen the Fr Coz Endowed Scholarship to receive an additional $500 in support.
Grill and Chill
Congratulations to Serena C, Class of '16 for winning the Grill and Chill Challenge! Serena has chosen the Miller Center GSBI Fund to receive an additional $500 in support.
18th for ’18
The 18th donor from the class of 2018 to make a gift between 2:00 PM to 3:00 PM Winner chooses program/unit/area to receive $500 gift
It’s 5 o’clock...somewhere
Congratulations to Jenny Y, Class of '14 for winning the It's 5 o'clock...somewhere Challenge! Jenny has chosen the Mechanical Engineering Department to receive an additional $500 in support.
Total Dollars Raised
Total dollars raised by participating group.
Rank Department Raised
1 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship $1,025,453.73
2 Athletics $271,872.24
3 Jesuit School of Theology $265,425.00
4 Other $188,187.88
5 School of Law $150,550.00
6 Santa Clara Fund $134,535.51
7 Leavey School of Business $131,978.55
8 College of Arts and Sciences $103,428.72
9 Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation $100,450.00
10 Men's Rugby $67,011.26
11 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education $61,555.13
12 Fr. Coz Scholarship $50,000.00
13 School of Engineering $44,375.13
14 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics $34,384.00
15 Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center $32,145.00
16 Alumni Family Scholarship Program $30,178.00
17 Club Sports & Campus Recreation $28,890.18
18 Kids on Campus $12,130.00
19 OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute $11,075.00
20 LEAD Scholars Program $10,780.00
21 Center for Sustainability $8,857.13
22 Campus Ministry $7,412.00
23 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives $6,775.00
24 de Saisset Museum $6,419.00
25 Catala Club $5,630.00
26 Education & Counseling Psychology $5,475.00
27 University Library $5,445.00
28 Student Organizations $4,560.00
29 Northern California Innocence Project $4,025.83
30 Office for Multicultural Learning $380.00
Total Number of Gifts
Total number of gifts by participating group
Rank Department Gifts
1 Athletics 1,734
2 Santa Clara Fund 469
3 College of Arts and Sciences 390
4 Leavey School of Business 357
5 Men's Rugby 316
6 Other 271
7 Kids on Campus 262
8 Miller Center for Social Entrepreneurship 212
9 Club Sports & Campus Recreation 194
10 School of Engineering 172
11 Alumni Family Scholarship Program 163
12 Fr. Coz Scholarship 142
13 Markkula Center for Applied Ethics 142
14 Ignatian Center for Jesuit Education 137
15 Center for Sustainability 123
16 LEAD Scholars Program 115
17 School of Law 83
18 Diversity and Inclusion Initiatives 76
19 Campus Ministry 67
20 Jesuit School of Theology 57
21 Catala Club 39
22 Sobrato Campus for Discovery and Innovation 38
23 OSHER Lifelong Learning Institute 33
24 University Library 32
25 Student Organizations 32
26 Northern California Innocence Project 32
27 de Saisset Museum 29
28 Education & Counseling Psychology 27
29 Katharine & George Alexander Community Law Center 25
30 Office for Multicultural Learning 11
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