Santa Clara University

LEAD Scholars Program

History of the Program

The LEAD Program was established in 2003 as a component of a university-wide grant initiative to build a more inclusive community. Supported by the James Irvine Foundation, we sought ways to enhance our support of underrepresented students including first generation college students and students of color. The success of the LEAD Program in supporting and engaging students and their families was immediately evident. A major component of this program was the Bridge Program which brought students on campus early to introduce them to the academic and campus life of Santa Clara University.

The Program was funded by the James Irvine Foundation until 2007 and since then, it has been funded by the Office of the Provost. Now, established within the institutional structure of the university, the LEAD Program is known as the LEAD Scholars Program, and the Bridge Program is called LEAD Week.

The Program is constantly working to improve the resources available to the students. In the past four years, we have graduated four classes of seniors and increased LEAD Week participants from 20 to 75 students. While our programs has primarily focused on the first year college transition, currently we are focusing on expanding our programming to serve the needs of second, third and fourth year students.

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