Scholarships to College Summer Programs

Full Scholarships to Summer Programs at Top Colleges

QuestBridge partners with top colleges to offer select College Prep Scholars the opportunity to take college-level courses at a top-tier university and learn more about the college experience. These scholarships offer high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds a special chance to virtually experience life beyond high school and to learn more about the experience of attending a selective college. 

Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition and supplies. 

Students will:

  • Learn, study, and write at the college level with students from around the country.
  • Attend virtual classes and experience what university level classes are like first-hand.
  • Develop connections with and get to know professors.
  • Learn more about college life and the extensive resources top colleges offer to support students from low-income backgrounds. 

For the 2021 College Prep Scholars Program, scholarships will only be offered for summer programs being held virtually to ensure the well-being of our students. Programs still finalizing their virtual option are indicated below, and we will update this page as more information becomes available.

Carleton College

Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute: Computer Science >>

July 12 – July 30, 2021

During three weeks at the Summer Liberal Arts Institute students will learn how to systematically approach problems like a computer scientist through virtual classroom learning, lab activities, and collaborative guided research directed by college faculty with mentorship by undergraduate research assistants. The program culminates with an online research symposium where students demonstrate the results of their work to each other and the broader community.

Emory University

Pre-College Program >>

Session I: June 28 - July 9, 2021 
Session II: July 12 - July 23, 2021

Students enroll in an intensive two-week course in Biology, Global Health, Law and Litigation, Neuroscience, History, Literature, or Psychology. Students also participate in College 101, sessions that prepare them for the college application and admissions processes. These virtual presentations and student-led panels are designed to help equip high school students to understand and prioritize what to look for in a college. Through virtual co-curricular activities, students will also have the opportunity to make global friendships and participate in a university community. 

Rice University

National Youth Leadership Forum: Medicine (through Envision) >>

Please note that virtual programming for this program is to be determined.  

Session I: June 20 - June 28, 2021  
Session II: July 24 - August 1, 2021

This intensive program is well-suited for students who wish to gain a holistic perspective of the medical profession and industry, and is designed to give students an opportunity to step into the shoes of a physician and gain transformational medical career knowledge. Through various true-to-life simulations and clinical skills rotations, students will be exposed to an interactive curriculum that allows them to gain insight into the life of a healthcare provider. Students will learn from prominent leaders, educators, and physicians through keynote sessions and small-group seminars, and will also participate in medical school and site visits.

Stanford University

Intensive Law & Trial (through Envision) >>

Please note that virtual programming for this program is to be determined.  

Sessions in July 2021

During this ten-day program, students explore all facets of a career in law. Students learn from legal professionals including Stanford Law School professors, participate in a competitive mock trial simulation, discuss the practice of law, legal rhetoric, and ethics, and develop leadership and public speaking skills.

University of Chicago

Immersion >>

Session I: June 21 - July 08, 2021 
Session II: July 13 - July 29, 2021 

During this three-week program, students experience in-depth learning through coursework in creative writing, economics, data science, infectious diseases, developmental psychology, and neuroscience. Students will collaborate with their peers, have the opportunity to conduct observational studies or design their own research experiments, and participate in other activities outside of the virtual classroom.

University of Notre Dame

Summer Scholars >>

July 14 - July 27, 2021

For about two weeks, students engage in coursework from one of 20 fields of study. From astronomy to popular culture studies, the variety in programs captures a wide range of exciting fields to explore. During Summer Scholars, students not only collaborate with faculty and peers to tackle rigorous coursework virtually, but also take part in various extracurricular activities designed to connect and engage all participants. Through this program, students will be able to grow personally and academically as they learn from students all over the country. 

University of Pennsylvania

Management and Technology Summer Institute >>

Please note that virtual programming for this program is to be determined.  

July 11 - July 31, 2021

The Management and Technology Summer Institute (M&TSI) is a highly challenging, fast-paced college course that prepares students with the skills needed to link technology and management concepts within three weeks. Through interdisciplinary studies, students will get to explore engineering and business concepts while being exposed to potential career paths within each field. 

Washington University in St. Louis

Washington University in St. Louis, Exploration Course in Global Health >>

July 11 - July 24, 2021

Global Health is a fully online course that will investigate key issues impacting global health. The program will cover a wide range of topics, with a goal of looking at the role of the cultural, social, and physical environment plays of human health around the world. Participants will build on their knowledge of biology, biochemistry, and physiology to study global health from a wide variety of perspectives. This class will encourage the integration of technology to facilitate information transfer through web resources, video lectures, video discussions, and online presentations.

Yale University

Yale Young Global Scholars Program >>

Innovations in Science & Technology 
Literature, Philosophy, & Culture
Politics, Law, & Economics
Solving Global Challenges

Session I: June 21 - July 3, 2021  
Session II: July 5 - July 17, 2021 
Session III: July 19 - July 31, 2021 

At this two-week academic program, students study the worlds of politics, economics, humanities, law, international relations, and STEM. The sessions give high school students opportunities to understand contemporary global issues, strategize responses, and find innovative solutions while learning from renowned practitioners and Yale faculty.