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The LEAD Scholars Program is for first-generation college students (students whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university) focused on academic success, community engagement and vocational exploration.

This program is open to both first-year students and transfer students with the goal of supporting them throughout their college career.

LEAD Scholars

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LEAD Week 2021 will be Sept. 12th - 17th

Please see the LEAD Week section under prospective students for updates on housing, commuting, and the tentative schedule.


LEAD Scholars, to make an appointment with the new Associate Director of Student Advocacy, Jessica Johns, please click here

Jessica is here to support LEAD Scholars in a variety of ways including academic, financial, mental health, and family concerns and more.


Welccome back to campus! 

The LEAD Scholars Program staff is also here to support you in person or via email, phone or video chat. If you need help with anything, please contact us: Erin Kimura-Walsh at; Jessica Johns at and Andrea Jackson at


We hope that you’ll consider joining LEAD, as a prospective SCU student or a current SCU student

Thank you for your interest in the LEAD Scholars Program! The LEAD Scholars Program is a program for first-generation college students (students whose parents did not graduate from a 4-year college or university) focused on academic success and community engagement. The LEAD Scholars Program provides academic and vocational development opportunities, supportive advising, peer mentoring, and community building through a variety of courses, programs, and support networks.

LEAD Collaborates with 'Empowered Students' to Provide Career Coaching


Dec. 11th, 2018

Santa Clara, CA -- Empowered Students has partnered with the LEAD Scholars on a pilot program to support 15 students. The Career Coaching program includes a four week online, a micro-learning experience that is 10 minutes a day, weekly group coaching calls via video chat, and access to a private LinkedIn group. The partnership will take place between the months of December, 2018 and March, 2019.

Through the Empowered Students’ career coaching program, LEAD Scholars will receive coaching that will assist them in landing life-altering business internships and jobs upon graduation.  In order to do so, Empowered Students will increase the knowledge of LEAD Scholars in the realms of:

Relationship Building Skills
Business Communication
Personal Branding
Business Networking
Professionalism & Confidence

Click below for more information on Empowered Students!


Empowered Students is a 501(c)3 non-profit organization that empowers first-generation and low income students to land life-altering internships and jobs. Our mission is to empower first-generation and low-income college students with the skills, confidence, experiences, and networks needed to land life-altering internships and jobs upon graduation---which lead to meaningful careers, lives of impact, and positions of leadership. These outcomes radiate a positive ripple effect with family members, high school friends, and members in their hometown communities.

Click below for more LEAD news from previous years!

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