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Fellowships and Microgrants

LEAD Funding for Emergency, Food and Living Expenses

Through a generous grant from the Koret Foundation and donations from supporters and alumni, the LEAD Scholars Program is able to provide LEAD Microgrants for LEAD Scholars who are in need of one time grants to support such expenses as emergency travel, basic living needs, and replacement computers. This funding cannot be used to pay for tuition-related expenses. This funding is dependent on approval from SCU Financial Aid. For more information, please contact Jessica Johns at 

SCU Food Pantry & Grocery Gift Cards

SCU also has a Food Insecurity Program that provides an on-campus pantry and gift cards. To learn more and register, please go to:

Help with CalFresh Application & Community Food Resources

CalFresh is the California name for the federal Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program (SNAP which provides money to increase your grocery budget for health food items. 
SCU students can get help with their CalFresh application through a partnership between SCU and Second Harvest Food Bank. You can directly sign up through the link below to have an expert walk through each CalFresh question. 
CLICK HERE to request additional support!

Their team can help you:
  • Find community food assistance resources inclusive of any specific needs that you or your household may have (i.e. if you're an International Student and need access to non-government-funded resources, or if you need deliveries because you're immunocompromised, or if you don't have a car, etc).
  • Fill out your CalFresh application. They will walk you through the process and help you fill out each question to avoid errors on the application (it's complicated!) to better ensure that you will be eligible for the program.


Through a generous grant from the Koret Foundation, as well as private donations from supporters and alumni, the LEAD Scholars Program offers fellowships to support LEAD Scholars interested in engaging in extracurricular learning opportunities that will support their vocational development including unpaid internships, community-based learning, undergraduate research, study abroad, and summer school. A call for applications will go out to LEAD Scholars in late winter quarter, applications are due in early spring quarter and are awarded in the middle of spring quarter. Off cycle applications will also be considered based on the availability of funding. This funding is dependent on approval from financial aid. For more information, please contact Andrea Jackson at

To learn more about LEAD Scholars Fellowship Experiences