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Summer College Opportunity Program in Education

Summer College Opportunity Program in EducationSCOPE

The Summer College Opportunity Program in Education (SCOPE) began in the summer of 2002 under the direction of María Schmidt, Assistant Dean for Multicultural Programs. In the last eleven years, more than 150 high school students have participated in the residential summer program.

SCOPE is a rigorous four-week summer residential program providing academic enrichment and college preparation opportunities to underrepresented, low income, and first generation students. The program is organized to address areas including academic and study-skills, financial aid, leadership, community service, cultural-affirmation, and career and personal development.

The summer experience is organized around five main goals:

• Increase academic skills;
• Enhance social skills for a successful college experience;
• Validate participants’ sense of themselves as college-bound learners;
• Familiarized participants with higher education institutions and admissions/financial aid processes
• Develop participants’ knowledge of education careers.

Students participating in the program are typically rising high school juniors, and with the exception of the two most recent cohorts of students still in high school, the overwhelming majority (greater than 80%) of participants from 2002 through 2010 has graduated from or is currently enrolled in baccalaureate degree programs. Close to 40 former SCOPE participants have enrolled at Penn State with over 60% of those students majoring in Education at University Park or another campus location. Currently, 12 SCOPE students are students in the College of Education at the undergraduate or graduate levels.

If you have any questions about SCOPE or are interested in sponsoring this program, contact María Schmidt at 814-865-0904 or mjs125@psu.edu.