"Summer Scholars" Offers a Taste of College Life


"Summer Scholars" Offers a Taste of College Life

Following the success of its first year in 2012, Fairfield University’s Summer Scholars program — a two-week residential program for high school students from around the country — is raring to go for another year.

Fairfield’s 2013 Summer Scholars program will run from July 7-20 and students with a GPA of at least 3.2 are encouraged to apply. The academic side of the program offers students a wide variety of classes from which to choose.

Summer Scholars students are in the classroom with regular college students and receive academic credit for the course that they complete. This year, course subject areas include biology, economics, English, history, music, politics, sociology, and studio art.

In addition to the course work, high school students in the program engage in a series of co-curricular activities including workshops on how to write the college admission essay, college searches, and time management sessions. They also receive one-on-on academic advising to make sure that they are accomplishing their goals.

Students live in Fairfield’s dorms and have access to all campus facilities throughout the program.  They also take part in many fun activities that the Office of Residence Life organizes such as a field trip to New York City, transportation to the local beaches and downtown Fairfield, movie nights, and dance parties.

Brittany Danielewski, a Needham, Mass., resident and a participant in last year’s program, said, “I was so lucky to have been given the opportunity to experience a great academic, social, and spiritual program all wrapped up in an amazing two-week college package.”

Danielewski has since applied to Fairfield University early action and has been accepted into the class of 2017; she plans to study communication.

Dr. Aaron Perkus, associate dean of the College of Arts and Sciences and director of the Summer Scholars Program, said, “Last year’s program was an enormous success, and we are working hard to ensure that this year it is even better.  Among our goals is to increase overall participation and student diversity. We encourage everyone to check out our landing page where we present all the details of the program along with a great new video.”

You can find the video at www.fairfield.edu/summerscholars

For further information contact Dr. Aaron Perkus: aperkus@fairfield.edu

Last modified: 02-20-13 01:33 PM


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