Washington University in St. Louis has admitted 50 rising high school sophomores to its innovative College Prep Program, a multiyear initiative that prepares high-achieving students with limited financial resources for college.
The students represent public, private and charter schools from across the region. Due to the COVID-19 crisis, summer programming will move online. However, students still will have opportunities to study with top faculty, learn about the college application process and reflect on their own goals and interests.
“This is an exceptionally talented group of students, and though they won’t be together at Washington University, they will still be connected and engaged,” said Courtney E. Brewster, College Prep Program director, who leads the program with support from Ashley Vinson, program coordinator, and LaEisha Meaderds, administrative assistant, as well as several graduate and undergraduate fellows.
Launched in 2014, the program prepares students to thrive academically and socially at college. Students typically live and learn on campus for three summers and participate in academic activities throughout the school year.
The program just celebrated the graduation of Cohort 4 scholars, all of whom will enter college in the fall, having received a collective $4 million in scholarship offers. Five members will attend Washington University, where they will join 18 College Prep alumni.
The 2020 College Prep Scholars are:
Affton High School
Bayless High School
Belleville West High School
Brentwood High School
Cahokia High School
Christian Brothers College High School
Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
Charles E. Sumner High School
Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
Collegiate School of Medicine & Bioscience
Crossroads College Prep
East St. Louis Senior High School
Granite City High School
Hancock Senior High School
Hazelwood West High School
KIPP High School
Brandon Grooms Jr.
Brea Michelle Timmes
Derrick Ward Jr.
Louisiana High School
Lutheran High School North
McCluer High School
Metro Academic & Classical High School
Parkway Central High School
Parkway North High School
Parkway South High School
Parkway West High School
Rosati-Kain High School
St. Louis University High School
St. Joseph’s Academy
Westminster Christian Academy
The College Prep Program is one way Washington University faculty, students and staff are improving K-12 education in St. Louis. To learn more, visit The Pipeline.