Summer Scholars

The Summer Scholars program makes it financially possible for talented female high school students to attend summer academic programs at some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities.
Summer Scholars receive full and partial scholarship grants, based on demonstrated financial need, to apply to summer program tuition, room and board, and travel expenses.

Benefits of participation include:

  • Exposure to a diverse array of peers
  • Exposure to a broader range of college options
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Academic and intellectual growth
  • Greater self-confidence

Scholars describe the experience as transformative.

The Joyce Ivy Foundation partners with the Frank Minolli Foundation to support young women interested the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics. Each year, the Frank Minolli Foundation sponsors Frank Minolli Engineering and Science Award Recipients in the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars cohort. To learn more about the Frank Minolli Foundation, visit them online.

Each year, the Joyce Ivy Foundation also names a Summer Scholars recipient of the Mary Vandewiele Leadership Award, who demonstrates exceptional leadership in her community and high school. The Vandewiele Award recipients will seek to develop their leadership skills through summer program participation, and lead lives of impact through their pursuit of higher education and their career aspirations. Read more about the Vandewiele Award here.

In Their Own Words

Supported Summer Programs

The Summer Scholars grants may be applied to summer academic programs at the following colleges and universities. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works in partnership with these programs. Courses are two-weeks or longer in length, and in some cases students are eligible to receive college credit. 1-week programs and online programs are not eligible for Summer Scholars grants.

View the list of Joyce Ivy summer program partners.

45% of Summer Scholars are lower-income.

45% of Summer Scholars are middle-income.

10% of Summer Scholars receive partial, merit-based awards.

100% of Summer Scholars are in the top 10% of their high school class.

100% have the academic, intellectual, and leadership potential to thrive in diverse, rigorous academic environments.