Scholarships to College Summer Programs

Please note that in-person summer programs that begin before July 1 will not be offered through QuestBridge to ensure the well-being of our students during the COVID-19 outbreak.

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 high-achieving students from low-income backgrounds a special chance to experience life beyond high school and to gain first-hand experience 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

Carleton College Summer Liberal Arts Institute: Computer Science >>

Please note that this program is cancelled for Summer 2020 by Carleton College, due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 19 to August 7, 2020

During three weeks at the Summer Liberal Arts 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 >>

Please note that this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 by Emory University, due to the COVID-19 situation.

Session A: June 14 to June 27
Session B: June 28 to July 11
Session C: July 12 to July 25, 2020

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).

Rice University

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

Please note that this program is cancelled for Summer 2020 by Rice University, due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 5 to July 13, 2020

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 this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 11 to July 20, 2020
July 22 to July 31, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this program has been put on hold for Summer 2020 by Stanford University, due to the COVID-19 situation.

June 20 to August 16, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will be offered virtually by the University of Chicago, due to the COVID-19 situation.

Session 1: June 22 to July 9
Session II: July 12 to July 31, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will be offered virtually by the University of Chicago, due to the COVID-19 situation.

Session 1: June 22 to July 9
Session II: July 12 to July 31, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 by the University of Notre Dame, due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 18 to July 29, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will be offered virtually by the University of Notre Dame, due to the COVID-19 situation.

June 27 to July 11, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 by the University of Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 situation.

June 28 to July 25, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will be offered virtually by the University of Pennsylvania, due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 5 to July 25, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 by the University of Pennsylvania due to the COVID-19 situation.

June 28 to July 18, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this program has been cancelled for Summer 2020 by Washington University in St. Louis, due to the COVID-19 situation.

July 12 to August 1, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will no longer be offered through QuestBridge, per our COVID-19 update.

June 28 to July 25, 2020

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 >>

Please note that this summer program will be offered virtually by Yale University, due to the COVID-19 situation.

Applied Science & Engineering: July 19 to July 31, 2020
Biological & Biomedical Science: July 5 to July 17, 2020
Literature, Philosophy, & Culture: July 5 to July 17, 2020; July 19 to July 31, 2020
Politics, Law, & Economics: July 5 to July 17, 2020; July 19 to July 31, 2020
Solving Global Challenges: July 5 to July 17, 2020; July 19 to July 31, 2020

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