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Congratulations to your student on his or her admission! Congratulations to you on all of the support that you have provided your student as he or she has pursued a college education.


We know how important family support was in getting your child here, and how important it will be in his or her college success. The LEAD Scholars Program encourages you continue to be active participants in your children's lives as they attend college. We offer programming directed to parents and other family members at New Student Orientation and Family Weekend to help you learn more about the college experience, how to support your child and about SCU in general. When possible, we also try to offer programs in multiple languages to encourage the involvement of family member who may be more comfortable speaking languages other than English.


LEAD Family Programs at New Student Orientation

LEAD Scholars are asked to attend New Student Orientation session 4 or session 5. During these sessions we offer programming for LEAD Scholars and their families. Families are invited to a dinner where we will provide some information about the LEAD Scholars Program and college life. 


Multilingual Information Sessions

On LEAD Week Move-In Day, families can join our one-hour multiligual college information sessions to learn more about college life and how to support their children while they are in college. Depending on the need each year, the sessions are offered in many languages, including English, Spanish, Korean, Mandarin, Cantonese and Vietnamese.

Family Newsletter

Each quarter the LEAD Scholar Program send out a Family Newsletter with updates on LEAD happenings, information about Santa Clara University and upcoming events. To sign up for an email or paper copy of the newsletter, please contact Alma Llamas, Program Coordinator at or 408-551-3663. 

LEAD Family Programs at Family Weekend

In February, the First Year Programs Office offers Family Weekend, a time for parents and other family members to visit or revisit the campus. This program offers activities for parents of all four years of students. You can attend class lectures with some of the university's best faculty, SCU sporting events or the Senior Dinner (limited to seniors and their families).

Complementary (free) registration to Family Weekend is available to families of LEAD Scholars. Additionally, the LEAD Scholars Program offers a lunch session to provide information about LEAD Scholars Program and your child's college experiences, as well as an afternoon Loteria (Mexican Bingo) game with prizes, pan dulce and hot chocolate . Please look out for an invitation in later December. To use your complementary registration, please call the Family Weekend office at 408-551-1995. Registering on-line will not allow you to obtain free registration. 

Family Engagement Events

Each year the LEAD Scholars Program sponsors a fun outing for LEAD Scholars and their families. In 2019, LEAD students and their families were invited to a San Jose Earthquakes soccer game and tailgate.