The Community Scholars Program encompasses six core components:
- Summer Program: During the summer before their first year, Community Scholars have the opportunity to spend five weeks in residence at Georgetown University, and take two credit-bearing classes. This year’s summer program begins on Friday, July 8th and ends on Saturday, August 13th.
- Classes: All Scholars will take two credit-bearing classes: Writing and Culture 012, an intensive critical reading and writing course taught by Georgetown faculty with graduate-student writing tutors; and a second Summer Session class, chosen by each student’s Academic Dean, that provides participants with an opportunity to get a head start on their credit hours before beginning their first semester. Courses may include Theology, Economics, Biology, Government, Sociology and Psychology.
- Room and Board: Scholars live in a residence hall along with Resident Assistants, who provide an extended orientation to life at Georgetown. A meal plan will be provided for the five weeks of the program.
- Academic benefits: Scholars receive priority registration for their fall semester, ensuring seats in desired classes. In addition, Scholars meet with Academic Deans, Financial Aid Counselors, and other resources and service providers on-campus.
- Seminar Series and Group Activities: Each week, all Scholars will be required to attend a College Transition Seminar facilitated by Georgetown faculty and/or staff. In addition, the program will host various mandatory group activities, from receptions to community service outings.
- Travel and Other Expenses: The program will cover the travel expenses for Scholars who live beyond a 250-mile radius of Washington, D.C. In addition, the program will cover the cost of books for all summer courses.
- Writing and Culture 012 during the fall semester: Scholars continue taking this core class, in most cases with the same professor, during the fall semester for a total of six (6) credits.
- Fourth Hour Study Group Sessions: During the fall semester the program organizes study group sessions for a few core courses such as Calculus, Chemistry, and Economics. Former students who excelled in the course lead the sessions, providing an opportunity for Scholars to pose questions and enhance their study skills.
- First Year Support: All first-year Scholars receive academic and personal support through various mandatory programs, such as attending Academic Seminars, meeting with the Program Director, and having access to CMEA services including the low-cost printing program.
- Ongoing Support: Throughout the remainder of a Scholar’s Georgetown career, ongoing academic and personal support includes one-on-one meetings with the Program Director; seminars, workshops and information sessions related to campus resources, majors, internships, study abroad, research opportunities and careers; cultural and social outings; and community service opportunities.
- Scholarship: Scholars who have received a need-based financial aid package will be eligible for a $1,700 scholarship to compensate for lost summer wages, which will be applied directly into the student’s account. This scholarship will be awarded for three years, beginning during the Scholar’s first year, as long as the student remains an active participant in the program demonstrating financial need and making satisfactory progress toward graduation.
The Community Scholars Program seeks to provide support to first-generation college students, who typically represent diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. Participants are identified and considered for the program based on their high school academic and extracurricular achievements. They attended high schools that did not have the same access to college preparatory courses (such as AP or IB courses) as private or parochial schools. Nevertheless, these students took advantage of all of the best their high schools had to offer, and are often class presidents, mentors, and valedictorians with stellar grades. The program was developed in the late 1960s as a mechanism for enrolling more local Black District of Columbia residents. The program has evolved over the years to include other students of color and to serve primarily first-generation college students from across the country.
Class of 2014 (n=60):
· 4-year graduation rate: 75 %
· Anticipated 6-year graduation rate: 92 %
· Average GPA: 3.035
· Study Abroad: 22 %
· First Year to Sophomore Year Retention (n=60): 95 %
· Sophomore Year to Junior Year Retention (n=57): 92 %
· Junior Year to Senior Year Retention (n=52): 96 %