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About the Program

The Grand Challenge Scholars Program is a nationally recognized program offered as part of the National Academy of Engineering (NAE).

With this program, NAE has sparked ‘a global movement’ driven by its aspirational vision which calls for engineering to serve people and society by working towards the “continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful”.


 NAE’s aspirational vision for the 21st century is for engineers to deliver solutions for the “continuation of life on the planet, making our world more sustainable, secure, healthy, and joyful”


SCU’s mission is to educate the whole person within the Jesuit, Catholic tradition, making student learning our central focus. We do this by continuously improving our curriculum and co-curriculum, strengthening our scholarship and creative work, and serving the communities of which we are a part in Silicon Valley and around the world. The proposed Grand Challenge Scholars Program (GCSP) at SCU aligns well with and strengthens the University’s mission by empowering our students to improve and enhance their leadership skills and increase their social/global awareness.

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Contact Us

Program Director: Jes Kuczenski
Administrative Assistant: Kelly Gonzalez

Main Office: Heafey 242

General Engineering
Santa Clara University
500 El Camino Real
Santa Clara, CA 95053

Heafey-Bergin, Bldg. 202