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Leland Scholars class

The Inaugural Class of Leland Scholars

A Great Start

New Program Eases Transition to Campus

Although she's the first member of her family to attend a four-year university, Analyssa Lopez, '16, felt prepared for the first day of class. By then, she had already completed a Stanford chemistry course, finished a lab assignment, and given a presentation.Analyssa Lopez

Thanks to the Leland Scholars Program, Analyssa also had gained confidence to navigate life on the Farm.

"I wasn't sure I wanted to cut my summer short for more academics, but it's probably the best thing I've done at Stanford so far," Analyssa said.

One in seven Stanford undergrads is a first-generation college student. The Leland Scholars Program was created for students like Analyssa and students from high schools with limited science curriculums who plan to pursue an academic path in science, engineering, math, or pre-medicine. The three-week residential program takes place in August and all costs, including transportation, are covered by The Stanford Fund.

The Stanford Fund has a long history of providing seed funding for new initiatives like Leland Scholars. It also provides scholarship support for students who depend on need-based financial aid—in 2011–12, that added up to more than 1,300 students.

Soon after starting her freshman year, Analyssa benefited from The Stanford Fund another way: she joined one of the 140 student-run organizations that receive Stanford Fund support. This enabled her to become a mentor to a 7th grade girl from East Palo Alto. Student groups are an important part of Stanford's vibrant campus community and help students develop leadership, team building, and other skills that will prove useful long after graduation.