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Scholarship Programs

Summer Session offers high school students an excellent opportunity to dive into an academic area of interest, explore the intellectual culture at UChicago, and to experience college-level work surrounded by high-achieving and intellectually curious peers. To bring a variety of voices and perspectives to campus, UChicago offers need-based aid  to students interested in participating in Summer Session. In addition to this aid, UChicago also hosts scholarship programs for rural students, students engaged in Hispanic/Latino communities, students who identify as Black/African American, students whose parents are police officers or firefighters, and students who are currently enrolled in any of the United World Colleges, to provide enhanced financial, academic, and social support in our Summer Session programs.

Summer session students pose in front of a street mural

Students selected for each of the scholarship programs will be able to participate in a Summer Session course free of charge. All costs will be covered by the scholarship. All programs provide selected students with additional programming and workshops outside of class related to admissions and success in college. Participation in co-curricular programming is required of all scholarship students.

Any student seeking to enroll in the Summer Session as part of a scholarship program must submit a Summer Session application and carefully follow the instructions provided for each program. The application fee will be waived for anyone applying to a scholarship program. Applicants are permitted to apply for more than one scholarship program, subject to eligibility. If you determine you are eligible for more than one program, please read the requirements of the programs carefully to make sure you understand when the program is hosted, which courses are available, and what costs are covered. Selected students will only be admitted to one scholarship program even if they are eligible for more than one.

Students may also apply for need-based aid in case they are not selected for one of the scholarship programs. Please follow instructions on the application to apply for need-based financial aid.

Students who are applying as part of one of our CBO partnership programs are not eligible to be selected for a scholarship program, but may also apply for need-based financial aid if they wish to be considered for admission independently of CBO partnership program.

Emerging Rural Leaders II

Thanks to the generous support of Trott Family Philanthropies, the College is excited to host the Emerging Rural Leaders II program for high achieving students who attend rural and small-town high schools across the United States.

Latin American Phoenix Scholars

The Latin American Phoenix Scholars program brings together top students studying across Latin America. This opportunity gives students early taste of an exceptional college experience in a cohort-based model.

Neubauer Family Adelante Summer Scholars

Thanks to the vision and the generosity of the Neubauer family, top students engaged in Hispanic/Latino communities can now participate in select University of Chicago courses. 

Summer Bridge

Chicago Public Schools (CPS) students are eligible to apply for UChicago's Summer Session with support from College Bridge.  Through this program, you will be among our global community of thinkers who ask tough questions and embrace new ideas.

UChicago Police and Fire Summer Scholars Program

In honor of service to communities across the United States, and as part of the Empower Initiative, the College is excited to provide talented students who have a parent actively employed by a city, county, municipal, or state police or fire depar

UWC Global Academy

The United World College (UWC) Global Academy brings together top students studying across the UWC’s 18 schools and colleges the opportunity to get an early taste of an exceptional college experience in a cohort-based model. 

Woodson Summer Scholars

Named in honor of Carter G Woodson, the Woodson Summer Scholars program brings together talented students across the United States who are engaged Black/African American communi