SCA Scholars

Scripps College Academy student standing in front of Denison Doors

Scripps College Academy (SCA) Scholars is an intensive, multi-year, pre-college program for high- achieving young women with limited resources who seek to become the first generation in their families to attend college. Through a rigorous summer residential experience followed by monthly programming throughout high school, SCA Scholars develop the confidence and skills to be well-prepared college applicants, successful college students, and professionals who create positive, lasting change.

Students are eligible to apply during spring of their 10th grade year. Like all Scripps College Academy programs, the SCA Scholars experience is provided at no cost to the student or her family.

Summer Residential Program

SCA Scholars begin by attending the two-week Summer Residential Program which provides the opportunity to experience what it is like to live among their peers and study at a private, liberal arts institution. For many SCA Scholars, this is their first time on a college campus and their first experience living away from home. Students further their academic preparation by exploring issues of race, class, and gender through an interdisciplinary academic curriculum. Participants develop their writing, critical analysis, discussion, and presentation skills under the guidance of Scripps College professors, staff, and undergraduate mentors. In addition to the academic program, scholars attend fun and informative workshops, field trips, and participate in recreational athletic or art activities.

Year-Round Academic Enrichment

Following the Summer Residential Program, SCA Scholars take part in additional academic and college-preparatory programming throughout high school. These weekend activities include faculty-led book clubs, science research opportunities, SAT/ACT preparation classes, and field trips to museums and other cultural centers.

College Planning

Beginning in their junior year, SCA Scholars and their families receive individualized assistance in the college application and financial aid processes. Through home visits by SCA staff, workshops by admission and financial aid experts, and the mentorship of Scripps College students, Scholars are encouraged and supported in applying to a wide range of college and scholarship opportunities that fit their academic and personal goals.

Participant Success

Since the first graduating class in 2005, SCA Scholars have enrolled in more than 75 different colleges and universities across the United States.

Consistently, SCA Scholars graduate from high school with top academic honors and pursue higher education. Many earn prestigious national awards following high school, including the Gates Millennium and Posse Foundation Scholarships.

One hundred percent of the SCA Scholars high school class of 2016 will enroll in higher education within six months of graduation; 100% will matriculate directly into four-year institutions, with 55.3% attending a “selective” or “most selective” school.

Applying to SCA Scholars

Please click here for more information about the selection process.