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For everyone’s health and safety, Summer Session will not host students on campus for residential programs this summer. Many of our courses will be taught remotely online so that you can still explore your intellectual interests, gain insight into college life, and be a part of our distinctive learning community. We hope you will join us online this summer! Our Summer Session team is here to help via email at


Emerging Rural Leaders II

Thanks to the vision and generosity of the Trott Family Foundation, top students from rural and small town high schools across the United Sates can attend Summer Session courses free of charge. Students selected will receive a full scholarship to participate in any Session I (June 20 - July 10) Immersion or Pathways Summer Session course.

Selected students will spend their mornings learning from teachers who are experts in their fields through readings, lectures, discussion, and hands-on activities. Evenings will be spend exploring campus and downtown Chicago with classmates from around the world. Students will also learn in-depth about the application process for highly selective universities with the guidance of UChicago admissions counselors. Attendance at all scholarship program events is required of selected students.


Eligibility: current high school juniors, who are at least 15 years old by the start of the program.

Applications will be accepted online beginning December 2019. The final deadline to apply is February 26, 2020. There is no application fee to apply.

Application materials include:

  • Online application
  • Transcript (official or unofficial)
  • Writing sample
  • At least one teacher recommendation
  • At least one parent confirmation email received

Applicants must complete the Summer Session Application, and all the related requirements which can be reviewed in the How To Apply section. In addition, on the Financial Aid & Scholarship Program page of the application, applicants must indicate that they wish to be considered for the Emerging Rural Leaders II. Students who wish to be considered for Emerging Rural Leaders II do not need to complete the rest of the Scholarship Application or provide financial documentation. We will only admit students to their course of choice if they are selected to be a part of the Emerging Rural Leaders program.

Program Dates: June 20, 2020 - July 10, 2020