Washington University’s commitment to expanding opportunities for students from all socio-economic backgrounds has made a difference. Read the stories of a few stellar students.
All 25 members of the inaugural cohort of the College Prep Program at Washington University have been accepted into college, and the group has received more than $4 million in scholarship offers. Lerone A. Martin, assistant professor, told the scholars: “Do not hide your light to make other people comfortable.”
Washington University in St. Louis will celebrate the graduation of the first cohort of its College Prep Program, a unique initiative that prepares low-income, first-generation students for college. The students, representing high schools across the region, have received more than $4 million in scholarship offers.
The KIPP College Partnership will connect Washington University to bright, young minds across the country, create a more diverse student body and deepen ties with KIPP St. Louis, which educates 1,200 students at its two elementary and two middle schools. Washington University is KIPP St. Louis’ public charter school sponsor.
The inaugural cohort of Washington University’s College Prep Program will spend its final summer on campus learning from a leading scientist and lifelong musician: Provost Holden Thorp. Thorp has created a college-credit course that explores teamwork in science and music. Now in its third year, the College Prep Program is a multiyear, immersive program for talented, low-income high school students.
Leah Merrifield, assistant vice chancellor for community engagement at Washington University in St. Louis, has worked at Olin Business School, in the Office of the Chancellor and in the Office of Government and Community Relations – twice. Her titles have been different, but in her 20 years at the university, her overarching goal has remained the same: to help Washington University be a more diverse and inclusive place.
Now in its second year, Washington University in St. Louis’ College Prep Program prepares talented, low-income high school students for college. This year’s cohort of 46 students represents 24 local high schools. Students made ethanol in a lab, composed stories in the university’s Writing Center and learned to kickbox.
High school students in the Washington University College Prep program reunited at Francis Field recently to cheer the Bears football team. The students, all high-achieving sophomores, spent two weeks living and learning on campus this summer and will return the next two two summers for three-week sessions.