Syracuse University Summer College for High School Students, in partnership with the SU School of Education, The Charles Hayden Foundation, and The Price Family Foundation is offering a scholarship opportunity for juniors in New York City Public High Schools.

The Syracuse University Summer College NYC Scholarship Program is designed for high school juniors in good academic standing who demonstrate maturity, self-discipline, and the potential to handle college-level work. Students explore college-level courses that provide insight into the higher education experience.

Six-Week Program Dates – July 1 to August 9, 2013

Program Overview

  • Students selected for participation in this program attend on full scholarship. Students bear no financial obligation. Tuition, room and board, books, and transportation to and from Syracuse University are provided. 

  • The program—Media Literacy, Popular Culture, and Democracy—offers six credits of college-level instruction taught by SU School of Education professors, and instructors from the Writing Program in The College of Arts and Sciences.

  • Students enroll in two 3-credit courses:
    >CFE 200: Media Literacy, Education & Contemporary Culture
    >WRT 104:Introduction to College-Level Writing
  • Upon completion of the classes, a Syracuse University transcript documents the coursework and grades/credits earned.
  • Students learn about issues of youth, schooling, media literacy, popular culture, democracy, and writing at the college level. Emphasis is on improving literacy and developing college-level learning skills.
  • This Summer College scholarship program serves as a model for connecting private, selective research-oriented universities in this country with urban school systems to improve education for all students. It also ensures that the pipeline for high-quality instruction is in place for future students attending America’s public schools.

Eligibility Requirements

In order to be considered, applicants must... a current junior attending a NYC public high school
...have a minimum average of 85 percent in good academic standing mature, disciplined, and ready for college-level work

How to Apply

Eligible students should contact their high school guidance counselor or principal, or the Syracuse University Summer College office at or 315-443-5000.

  • The Summer College online application is hosted in association with Summer at Syracuse and Slideroom
  • Go to our online portal at: to begin your application and establish an account.
  • A confirmation e-mail will be sent to you by SlideRoom after you establish your account.
  • Login and click on “Start a New Submission.”
  • Select the Summer College - NYC Scholarship Application and continue through the application steps.


My daughter’s writing really improved and that was something important to her and to us as her parents.
- Summer College in the City parent

This program has really made me see that I have to work really hard to be successful in college. Now, I feel that I am one step closer to being prepared for college.
- Summer College in the City student

Program Details:

  • Scholarship winners attend the program at no cost.
  • Program takes place on the Syracuse University campus in Syracuse, NY.
  • Students live in an SU dormitory and eat in a campus dining facility.
  • Classes are from Monday through Thursday.
  • Fridays are reserved for curriculum-based field trips and special events.
  • Afternoons, evenings, and weekends are for recreation and socialization with students from other Summer College programs and for working on class assignments and projects.

Admission Timeline

February 28: Application deadline
March 8: Selected applicants will be contacted to schedule their interview
March 22-24: Interviews take place at Lubin House in Manhattan, 11 East 61 Street
March 29: Admitted students notified (a waitlist will also be established at this time)
April 19: Deadline for admitted students to confirm participation

Program Timeline

June 30 : Student pickup at Lubin House in Manhattan for transport to Syracuse
July 1: First day of classes
August 9: Last day of classes
August 10: Transport to Lubin House in Manhattan


Partnering Organizations:

Summer College at Syracuse University
Syracuse University School of Education
Charles Hayden Foundation
Price Family Foundation

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