First-Generation Students

Intercultural LEAD

Program Structure

This program is unique to CSB+SJU and distinctive from most scholarship programs because it includes support and commitment beyond the scholarship dollars. Scholars invest in each other and in the program through retreats, twice monthly seminars, and mentoring between new and returning scholars.

The cohorts consist of 12-15 student scholars who:

  • represent many different cultures, races, and ethnicities
  • promote equality and the ideas of diversity and civic stewardship
  • aspire to be academic leaders in college
  • attend national and international leadership conferences

Intercultural LEAD Scholars work with a network of professors, staff, and peers to identify leadership opportunities both on-campus and in the greater community. Scholars will graduate with robust interpersonal and intellectual skills, having prepared themselves for a lifetime of leadership.

Each student in the program receives an annual $10,000 scholarship that goes towards their tuition, but also have the availability to apply for additional funds to help with study abroad, conferences, or any exam costs.

Although it is not a requirement, many of the scholars get involved in campus-based programs like student senate, cultural clubs, volunteerism, and campus-based jobs. The goal is to have each student be able to take advantage of all the opportunities that many of the CSB/SJU students are doing during their four-year experience.

More about Intercultural LEAD:

Read about current scholars and recent graduates:

To apply for an Intercultural LEAD Fellowship:
  • Apply for CSB/SJU admission and financial aid
  • Submit an essay response to a prompt
  • Participate in an on-campus interview
  • Note: Intercultural LEAD applications are only open to high school seniors who have been accepted to CSB/SJU for the Fall semester
  • Application Information
Criteria for selection of Scholars:
  • Academic accomplishment
  • First-generation college student
  • Financial need
  • Commitment to intercultural issues and actions
  • Community/school involvement and leadership
  • On-campus interview