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.
Participation provides:

  • Exposure to a diverse array of peers
  • Exposure to a broader range of college options
  • Builds leadership skills
  • Stretches intellects
  • Grows self-confidence

Scholars describe the experience as transformative.

Beginning in 2013, the Joyce Ivy Foundation will partner with the Frank Minolli Foundation. The Frank Minolli Foundation provides scholarships to support young women in their pursuit of degrees of higher education in the fields of engineering, science, technology and mathematics. The Frank Minolli Foundation will sponsor Frank Minolli Engineering and Science Award Recipients in the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars cohort. To learn more about the Frank Minolli Foundation, visit online.

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.

Barnard College: Pre-College Program

  • Eligible programs: Summer in the City

Brown University: Summer@Brown

  • Eligible programs: Pre-College Courses, Environmental Leadership Lab (Rhode Island location only), Brown Leadership Institute, Summer Session Credit Courses

Cornell University: Summer College

  • Eligible programs: Architecture, Art & Design, Business, Computer/Info Science, Dual Programs, Engineering, Environmental Studies, History & Politics, Humanities, Law & Government, Medicine, Psychology, Research & Science, Vet Med/Animal Science

Emory University: Pre-College Program

  • Eligible programs: Two-week, three-week, and six-week programs

Harvard University: Secondary School Program

  • Eligible programs: 8-week program

Johns Hopkins University: Summer Programs

  • Eligible programs: Summer University, Discover Hopkins

Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT)

Smith College: Summer Programs

  • Eligible programs: Summer Science and Engineering Program, Hidden Lives: Discovering Women's History, and Young Women's Writing Workshop

Yale: Yale Young Global Scholars

  • Eligible programs: Yale Young Global Scholars

Stanford University: Summer Session

  • Eligible programs: High School Summer College

Washington University (St. Louis)

If you are considering another summer program, please contact the Joyce Ivy Foundation to check eligibility.

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.