Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship program

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Now Accepting Applications for the 2019-2021 LEAD Scholarship Program

Announced at Re:co Symposium in Boston on April 11, the SCA is now accepting applications for the 2019-2021 cohort of the Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program. LEAD is aimed at increasing diversity of leadership within the global coffee community by enabling access to professional development resources to people from underrepresented or marginalized communities. The program is made possible thanks to the generous support of S&D Coffee & Tea.

Launched in 2018, the LEAD Scholarship Program was created in recognition of the fact that access to benefits of membership and participation in coffee events and education differ for people depending on their identity, background, and access to financial resources. The coffee industry has a lot of work to do to diversify its leadership at every point in the value chain and overcoming these obstacles will require proactive efforts and dedicated resources. LEAD was designed to be a small but important step towards progress in this field.

Applications to 2019-2021 LEAD cohort are now open. Applications are due by Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5:00pm PDT and the winners will be announced the week of August 5, 2019. Five scholarships will be awarded in this round.


Meet the 2018-2020 LEAD Scholars

The 2018-2020 LEAD Scholars are Karla Ly Quinones, Lisette Barbera, Smayah Uwajeneza, Stephanie Alcala, and Taya Brown. Read more about the LEAD Scholars on scanews.coffee.


LEAD Program Benefits

  • LEAD Scholars are provided support for their participation in events and educational activities including:

    • 2-year complimentary individual SCA membership

    • Year 1: Registration, travel, and lodging to annual SCA meetings during the scholarship term

    • Year 1: Travel and lodging to cohort meeting with program sponsor

    • Year 2: Registration, travel, and lodging to one global SCA conference as selected by the scholar (i.e. Re:co Symposium, Specialty Coffee Expo, World of Coffee)

    • Year 2: Registration, travel, and lodging to selected SCA education program as selected by the scholar (AST Live, Roaster Retreat/Camp, Sensory Summit, CTG Summit, or Barista Camp)

    • Inclusion of AST examination fee (provided the exam is taken within 3 years of scholar participation) and study guide materials

  • Career development and expansion of professional networks

    • Connection to an industry leader to serve as a mentor

    • Group coaching to enhance the connection of the scholar cohort

    • Service experience opportunity

    • Support from SCA senior staff and volunteer leadership


Participation Criteria

Applicants to the LEAD Scholarship Program must:

  • Be anyone who self-identifies as member of an underrepresented or marginalized community (racial/ethnic minority group, sexual orientation, gender, disability, etc.)

  • Have a minimum of 3 years of experience in the coffee industry

  • Demonstrate professional, volunteer, or civic/community leadership experience

  • Be committed to fully engage in all SCA scholarship benefits

  • Demonstrate commitment to the future of the specialty coffee industry


Application Process and Requirements

The following supporting documents must be included in your application:

  • Current leadership résumé/CV: Submit a leadership résumé that includes extracurricular activities and highlights your leadership experiences.

  • Three essays (see the application to find the prompts)

  • Two letters of recommendation

Applications to 2019-2021 LEAD cohort are now open. Applications are due by Friday, June 21, 2019 at 5:00pm PDT and the winners will be announced the week of August 5, 2019. Five scholarships will be awarded in this round.


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