Summer Scholars

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July 20 - August 3.

Students at Harper College

Harper College gives you a special opportunity to increase your academic and personal success through the Summer Scholars program. Summer Scholars is a two-week learning community that will help you increase your Math, English and Reading skills, while building your college network. In the program, students will work to develop strong study habits and academic skills, learn about college resources, develop a support network, receive guidance with course planning and career exploration, and potentially make long-lasting friendships. Begin your college career with a strong start in the Summer Scholars program!


Take Advantage

Students on campusApply to be part of a 2-week learning community. Being a Summer Scholar is your chance to increase your Math, English and Reading skills. Gain financial support toward college credit, learn about valuable college resources, and have an opportunity to become eligible for scholarship money.



Increase College Success

Harper College gives you a special opportunity to increase your  academic and personal success: 

  • Develop strong study habits and academic skills
  • Learn about college resources for support and guidance
  • Make long-lasting friendships and important connections
  • Prepare to excel in college and beyond


Requirements

As a Summer Scholar, you are expected to meet the rigors and requirements of the program in exchange for the necessary and valuable skills that will enable you to reduce the time and money spent completing your college education.


YOU QUALIFY IF…

You are a Harper College bound student that will graduate this year – Class of 2018 – from one of the high schools in Districts 211, 214 or 220 and have at least one developmental college placement.


WHAT DO I HAVE TO DO?

Success in college takes commitment and engagement – inside and outside of the classroom. To prepare you for this journey, the Summer Scholars program requires your full participation, including:

  • Attend and participate in classes

    7/20/18, Friday 9am – 1pm Kick-Off Meeting

    7/23/18 – 8/2/18, Monday  – Thursdays, 9am – 4:30pm  class time

    8/3/18, Friday   9am – 1pm Closing Ceremony

  • Contact your high school counselor for help with:
    • Enrolling at Harper College
    • Completing Summer Scholars application
    • Completing Math Placement testing
  • Contact the Harper One Stop Center for help with completing Financial Aid Application (FAFSA) 847.925.6710 


Program Basics

  • Reduced cost for your First Year Seminar course in the Fall 2018 semester
  • Customized instruction in Math to help increase Math placement score
  • Contextualized instruction in Reading and English to help increase placement scores
  • Introduction to campus resources
  • Feel and learn what it’s like to be a college student with a community of your peers
  • Meet college professors, staff and guest speakers
  • Help with creating academic plan containing courses to take in the fall and spring semesters
  • Opportunity to earn spring semester scholarship
  • Increased opportunity to be selected for One Million Degrees (OMD) Scholarship
  • Exclusive access to workshops aimed at increasing college success

The Summer Scholars program is available to Harper College-bound 2018 high school graduates from one of the high schools in Districts 211, 214 or 220 that have at least one developmental college placement.  Developmental college placement is determined by meeting any of the criteria below:

  • ACT English Score below 19
  • ACT Reading Score below 20
  • SAT Reading and Writing Score below 510
  • 7 Semesters of GPA below 3.0 in English
  • ACT Math score below 21
  • SAT Math score below 530
  • 7/20/18, Friday 9am – 1pm Kick-Off Meeting

  • 7/23/18 – 8/2/18, Monday  – Thursdays, 9am – 4:30pm  class time

  • 8/3/18, Friday   9am – 1pm Closing Ceremony

  • Applications will open in the Spring of 2018!*

*Admission to Summer Scholars is limited based on available space. Applications will be considered if space is available.


For more information, contact:

  • Your high school counseler
  • Juanita Bassler, Harper College Recruitment Specialist, 847.925.6940
  • DuBoi McCarty, Program Co-coordinator, 847.925.6522