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 while fully immersing themselves in the day-to-day rhythms of college life. These scholarships offer outstanding high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds a special chance to experience life beyond high school and to gain first-hand experience on attending a selective college. Scholarships cover the full cost of tuition, room and board, and travel expenses.

Students will:

  • learn, study, and write at the college level with students from around the country
  • attend classes in university lecture halls and seminar rooms
  • get to know and make connections with professors eat in a university dining hall and reside in a dormitory with a roommate
  • explore a college campus and facilities

Carleton College

Summer Computer Science Institute >>

July 14 to August 2, 2019

During three weeks at the Summer Computer Science Institute students will learn how to systematically approach problems like a computer scientist through classroom learning, hands-on lab activities, and collaborative guided research directed by college faculty with mentorship by undergraduate research assistants. Students will demonstrate the results of their collaborative guided research project at the SCSI Research Symposium.

Emory University

Pre-College Program >>

Session A: June 16 to June 29, 2019
Session B: June 30 to July 13, 2019
Session C: July 14 to July 27, 2019

Students enroll in an intensive two-week course in Biology, Creative Writing, Global Health, Law and Litigation, Neuroscience, or Psychology. Students also participate in College 101, sessions that prepare them for the college application and admissions processes. During their free time, students explore Atlanta’s attractions. In the past, students have visited: World of Coca-Cola, Georgia Aquarium, and Centers for Disease Control (CDC).

Stanford University

Advanced Emergency Medicine (through Envision) >>

July 5 to July 14, 2019

For ten days, alongside the staff of the Stanford University Department of Emergency Medicine, students will get the chance to have hands-on experience in a fast-paced, real-world medical environment. With guidance from faculty students will participate in life-saving ER medical procedures, be exposed to disaster and wilderness medicine, and work with dissected human cadavers. This action-packed program will test skills under pressure while helping students discover their true potential.

Intensive Law & Trial (through Envision) >>

July 2 to July 11, 2019
July 13 to July 22, 2019
July 24 to August 2, 2019

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.

Stanford Summer Session, Horizon Scholars >>

June 22 to August 18, 2019

This eight-week program provides low income, high-achieving students a transformative educational experience. Horizon Scholars students enroll in and maintain seven to nine units, receiving a combination of both challenging academics and a rich array of extra-curricular programming. Stanford Summer Session, Horizon Scholars successfully shares the University’s culture of innovation, academic excellence, and global responsibility.

University of Chicago

Immersion >>

Session 1: June 22 to July 11, 2019
Session 2: July 13 to August 1, 2019

During this three-week program, students experience in-depth learning through coursework in creative writing, physics, 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 hands-on activities outside of the classroom.

Pathways >>

Session 1: June 22 to July 11, 2019
Session 2: July 13 to August 1, 2019

This is a three-week intensive program that encourages students to think critically, find innovative solutions, and develop effective communication skills through a particular field of study. Through a lecture series led by faculty members and researchers, students are exposed to a multitude of perspectives and topics. Students will also visit a number of sites around Chicago to further pursue course themes in a hands-on way.

University of Notre Dame

Leadership Seminar >>

July 13 to July 24, 2019

The ten-day Leadership Seminars discuss topics affecting the global community. Students participate in one of three seminar topics, all of which are centered on vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. This creates a context in which students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills.

Summer Scholars >>

June 22 to July 6, 2019

Over two weeks, students engage in coursework from one of 22 fields of study. From astronomy to gender and culture Studies, the variety in programs captures a wide range of exciting fields to explore. During Summer Scholars students will get a preview of college life by collaborating with peers to tackle rigorous coursework both in and out of the classroom, as well as taking the time to experience the social side of living on a college campus.

University of Pennsylvania

Leadership in the Business World >>

July 7 to August 2, 2019

Leadership in the Business World (LBW) introduces students to the fundamentals of leadership in business. Students participate in engaging class discussions, attend lectures from Wharton faculty and guest speakers, collaborate with teams to design and present a business plan, and visit business enterprises in the areas of finance, retail, and real estate.

Management and Technology Summer Institute >>

July 7 to July 27, 2019

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. Additionally, there will be opportunities for business enterprise visits, collaborative work with peers, and learning about Penn and the greater Philadelphia area.

Wharton Sports Business Academy >>

June 23 to July 20, 2019

This four-week summer institute focuses on sports business leadership. WSBA teaches students core business principles such as marketing, management, law, negotiation, and leadership and how they apply to various intercollegiate, Olympic, and professional sports enterprises. Students also take field trips to sports facilities. Past site visits include: Under Armour headquarters, Comcast headquarters, The M&T Bank Stadium in Baltimore, and Citi Field.

Washington University in St. Louis

Pre-Medical Institute >>

June 9 to June 28, 2019
July 14 to August 2, 2019

Over the course of three weeks, students step into the world of medicine by participating in a research-based curriculum consisting of traditional undergraduate coursework, guest lectures, field trips and more. Topics such as neurology, immunology, and biomedical engineering may be explored during morning sessions, while in the afternoon students will take part in microbiology labwork and case study analysis. On evenings and weekends, social events, special outings, and seminars will be offered.

Wesleyan University

Center for Creative Youth >>

June 30 to July 27, 2019

Center for Creative Youth offers talented high school students four weeks of intensive study in the arts. The program emphasizes multicultural and interdisciplinary learning, critical thinking and leadership. Each class is designed to enhance students' problem-solving skills in instrumental and vocal music, theater, musical theater, creative writing, dance, filmmaking and visual arts, which includes photography. Students in consideration for this program will be required to submit either an audition video, or a portfolio in their artistic medium.

Yale University

Yale Young Global Scholars Program >>

Applied Science & Engineering: June 16 to June 29, 2019
Biological & Biomedical Science: July 28 to August 10, 2019
Frontiers of Science & Technology: July 7 to July 20, 2019
International Affairs & Security: June 16 to June 29, 2019
Literature, Philosophy, & Culture: July 7 - July 20, 2019
Politics, Law, & Economics: July 7 to July 20, 2019; July 28 to August 10, 2019
Sustainability Development & Social Entrepreneurship: June 16 to June 29, 2019

At this two-week academic program, students study the worlds of politics, humanities, law, international relations, sustainability, 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.