Washington University in St. Louis has admitted 47 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 31 public, private and charter schools from across the region. As College Prep scholars, they will spend three summers studying in university laboratories and studios, attending classes led by university faculty and learning the skills needed to thrive in college. Throughout the academic year, students will reconnect to attend university cultural events and meet with university experts to navigate the college application process.
Although scholars traditionally live in university residence halls, there will be no residential component to the program this summer due to the COVID-19 pandemic. Instead, scholars will participate in a combination of on-campus and virtual learning opportunities.
This is the eighth cohort of the College Prep Program. Launched in 2014, the program recently celebrated the graduation of Cohort 5. Graduates earned almost $2 million in scholarships and were accepted into colleges across the U.S. including Yale, Georgetown, University of Chicago and Harvard universities. Five Cohort 5 scholars will attend Washington University through the WashU Pledge, which provides a free Washington University education to admitted students from Missouri and southern Illinois whose family income is $75,000 or less.
Courtney E. Brewster, director of the College Prep Program, said the incoming cohort is both talented and determined.
“The pandemic upended the lives of our students, yet they distinguished themselves through their hard work,” Brewster said. “We are proud to welcome our incoming scholars to the College Prep Program and help them achieve their goals.”
The College Prep Program receives support from AT&T and Centene Corp.
The 2021 College Prep Scholars are:
Affton High School
Althoff Catholic High School
Bayless High School
Brentwood High School
Cahokia High School
Carnahan High School of the Future
Central Visual and Performing Arts High School
Clyde C. Miller Career Academy
Christian Brothers College High School
Crossroads College Preparatory School
Gateway STEM High School
Gia Han Dang
Granite City High School
Hancock Place High School
Hawthorn Leadership School for Girls
Hazelwood East High School
Hazelwood West High School
Incarnate Word Academy
The Innovation at Cool Valley
KIPP High School
Louisiana High School
Maplewood Richmond Heights High School
Metro Academic and Classical High School
Oakville High School
Parkway North High School
Ritenour High School
Flor Maria Quiroz Rivera
Riverview Gardens High School
Saint Louis University High School
Sumner High School
University City High School