The LEAD Scholars Program is a current program 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. The resources on this page are from the holdings of Santa Clara University Library, Archives & Special Collections (A&SC). Please note that due to the relatively young age of the LEAD Scholars program (compared to the average age of materials in A&SC), there may not be substantial holdings within A&SC. In addition to using the sources listed below, we encourage researchers to perform their own searches as well.
The Bridge Program was a program designed to help first-generation students adjust to life and academics at SCU. It started two weeks before fall quarter and offered seminars, academic workshops, courses, and social activities. It ran from the summer of 2003 to summer 2006 and continued in 2007 in a new form as the LEAD Scholars Program.
The Summer Readiness Program offered courses to freshman students to help prepare them for life at SCU. It was cited by individuals on campus as a way to help with minority student recruitment and retention (see articles below). As per the articles, we know the program operated from at least 1974 until some time between 1978 and 1982.