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About the Program

Summer Scholar Student at Poster Session

The Summer Scholars Program opens doors for admitted, domestic students (students who will be attending Swarthmore in the fall as first year students) who are first in their family to attend college, come from a low-income background, or belong to a traditionally underrepresented group, and have a self-described interest in STEM fields. Sixteen students are selected to participate in this hybrid program, which combines vigorous academic work and classic college life. If you are selected as a Summer Scholar, you will be immersed in the Swarthmore experience before classes begin in the fall. Faculty members will guide you in a virtual classroom and our student mentors will provide you with a creative tour of campus. In addition, you'll explore the diversity of cultural, social, research, and employment opportunities in the Philadelphia area. There is no fee for this program; in fact, you will receive a stipend of $2,375 as part of your participation. Additionally, you will return one week early in January of your first year at Swarthmore to think about lessons learned during your first semester; to prepare for spring courses; and to spend a couple of days engaged with professional development through Career Services and networking with local alumni in the biomedical and tech communities.

  • Application deadline: Announced in Spring 2023 to eligible students
  • Program dates: July 31 - August 28, 2023 and January 14-21, 2024
  • Cost: Free 
  • Stipend: $2,375

Summer Scholar students continue to receive benefits after the four-week pre-college program ends; the program director, dean, and faculty members provide ongoing mentoring that can help you thrive at Swarthmore. If you are interested in an experience that will teach you important skills like time management, communication, and work/life balance, the Summer Scholars Program is an amazing opportunity.

Summer Scholars About

"This experience has made me really excited for the fall and to meet the rest of the people of Swarthmore. I know that when we come back to campus in the fall, we will walk in with a support group of students and professors that will be very advantageous, and it is thanks to the S3P program." 
- Summer Scholar, Class of 2022