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SCU First-Generation Student Experiences

A guide to primary sources related to the experiences of first-generation students at SCU.

Banner: LEAD Scholars, Bridge, and Summer Readiness

LEAD Scholars Program

LEAD Scholars Program

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.

Articles from the Santa Clara student newspaper:
Editorials and/or Letters to the Editor from the Santa Clara student newspaper:

Bridge Program

Bridge Program

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.

Articles from the Santa Clara student newspaper: 
Editorials and/or Letters to the Editor from the Santa Clara student newspaper:

Other Archival Documents

Summer Readiness Program

Summer Readiness 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.

Articles from the Santa Clara student newspaper:
Editorials and/or Letters to the Editor from the Santa Clara student newspaper:
Articles from Other Student Publications:
Other Archival Documents