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Leadership. Academics. Service. 

Engaging talented and committed students who will form the next generation of ethical leaders is central to Santa Clara University's mission. The University's Johnson Scholars Program recognizes, rewards, and challenges exceptionally well-qualified students to explore their personal potential and develop deep leadership skills, while also attaining high levels of academic achievement. 

Since its founding in 1851, Santa Clara University has educated generations of leaders committed to building a better world. Located in the heart of Silicon Valley, SCU is ideally situated at the nexus of technology, innovation, entrepreneurship, and social justice. Educators, researchers, founders of nonprofits, entrepreneurs, global business leaders, and members of presidential cabinets have been shaped by the tradition of a rigorous and holistic Jesuit, Catholic education that characterizes the Santa Clara experience.

Today, this remarkable heritage inspires the Johnson Scholars Program at Santa Clara University. Comprehensive and intellectually challenging, this program prepares graduates to make meaningful contributions toward a more just, humane, and sustainable world. It is designed to cultivate in students compassionate, intelligent, and empowered leadership that has distinguished a Santa Clara University education for more than 160 years.


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