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Frequently Asked Questions

Amy Vollmer with Summer Scholars Students

Who can apply to be a Summer Scholar? 

Students can apply to be a Summer Scholar if they have been admitted to Swarthmore and will enroll in the fall semester at Swarthmore.

What are the dates for the Summer Scholars Program?

The Summer Scholars Program takes place July 6 - August 1, 2020 and January 11-15, 2021.

Will I be obligated to attend all weeks of the program?

If you are admitted, we expect you to commit to attending all weeks of our program (including weekends) as well as the week in January prior to the start of spring classes during your first year.

Do I go home and then come back for orientation?

Yes, the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program is not a substitute for orientation.  

Do I pay anything to participate?

If you are selected to participate in the Summer Scholars Program, there is no fee and you will receive $2,375 as a stipend. It will cover your summer earnings for the summer of 2020 and include $75 per week spending money while you are in the four-week session. In addition, room and board costs are included as part of the program.

Do I need to pay for my transportation to and from Swarthmore for the Summer Scholars Program?

No, Swarthmore will cover your transportation costs to participate in the Summer Scholars Program. You will travel to campus for the program, and then back home again for a few weeks before starting your fall semester at Swarthmore.

Can any student apply to participate in the Summer Scholars Program?

No, only invited students may apply.

What is the application deadline for the program? How do I apply?

The application deadline for the 2020 program will be announced in the spring to invited students. Applications may be submitted online or by mail, using the paper application that we send to invited students.

Who teaches me? Is this program for grades or academic credit?

The faculty for the Swarthmore Summer Scholars Program for the summer of 2019 are shown on our Faculty & Staff page. These faculty are current Swarthmore faculty members who are honored to be part of the program. Grades and credit are not a part of this program as stated in the Academic Program description on this website.