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Laspa Center Grants and Awards

The Laspa Center for Leadership distributes grant funding annually to support opportunities that demonstrate leadership in action. All eligible opportunities must clearly align with the mission of the Laspa Center for Leadership and distinguish themselves according to the Center’s core values of leadership, creativity, integrity, and service. Successful proposals will also address one or more of the Center’s leadership competencies: mindfulness, strategic thinking, social skills, empathy, organizational dynamics, and effective management.

These grants and awards are fundamentally intended to promote leadership development through experiential learning. Also visit the associate dean of faculty’s dedicated webpage for an expanded list of available grants and awards.

Scripps College believes that a Scripps education is enhanced by direct engagement with other cultures. As with the College’s long-standing policy on travel related to study abroad during the academic year, Scripps has used the concept of informed consent to have students acknowledge the risk involved with all travel, including travel for independent summer projects conducted inside the United States. The College’s responsibility in this is to provide guidance on the many factors to be considered in the voluntary decision to conduct independent research or complete an internship in other locations. The paperwork that students complete to accept an award identifies multiple factors that students must consider in their choice to participate. The ultimate decision about level of risk that an individual can comfortably accept is left to the student, in consultation with the family and other relevant individuals such as health professionals.


We Act Grant

We Act Grants support a self-designed project or an underfunded experience that transforms knowledge, passion, and ideas into action; demonstrates creative and effective problem-solving; and positively impacts the community. Students are encouraged to consider opportunities in causes and industries that can benefit from increased diverse representation. Learn more.

Award amount: Up to $4,000 based on proposed budget

Deadline: March 6, 2022


Leadership Development Award

Leadership Development Grants fund training and research opportunities during the academic year that align with the mission of the Center and advance gender equity. Learn more.

Award amount: Up to $500 based on proposed budget

Rolling application. Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted on a first come, first served basis through November 15.


Service Leadership Award

With a focus on civic engagement, the Service Leadership Award supplements volunteer opportunities or self-designed projects during the academic year that focus on community impact, particularly within the Los Angeles or San Bernardino County. Learn more.

Award amount: Up to $500 based on proposed budget

Rolling application. Applications for Fall 2021 will be accepted on a first come, first served basis through November 15.


Laspa Center Travel Award

The Laspa Center will supplement travel expenses related to an academic or co-curricular experience that aligns with the mission of the Center and has been endorsed by the College through faculty recommendation or offered through departmental programs. Learn more.

Award amount: Up to $300 based on proposed budget

Rolling application. Applications must be submitted at least two weeks prior to travel.


All funding is based on availability.  Criteria, eligibility, and applications differ for each award however each proposal must present clear goals, purpose, and intended outcomes. It is the responsibility of the student to determine what (if any) impact grants or awards will have on financial aid packages. All applicants are encouraged to contact the Office of Financial Aid for more information.