Introducing the New Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program

Introducing the New Leadership Equity and Diversity (LEAD) Scholarship Program

*Update on May 22: Point 2 in the participation criteria has been simplified to 3 years of experience in the coffee industry, removing the mid- to senior-level management experience previously required. LEAD is designed to open doors to underrepresented people in our community and we believe this change in the requirements is the right step towards greater inclusivity. Visit the LEAD page on our website for more details.

Announced at Re:co Symposium today, the SCA is proud to introduce the new 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. This program is made possible thanks to the generous support of S&D Coffee & Tea.

As a global nonprofit organization, the SCA recognizes that access to benefits of membership and participation in coffee events and education differ for people depending on 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 is designed to be a small but important step towards progress in this field.

Applications to the inaugural LEAD Scholarship Program are now open! Applications are due by June 30, 2018. Five scholarships will be awarded in the first year of the program. 

Learn more about the program’s benefits and requirements on our website at