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CSM Summer Academies

College of Saint Mary is excited to announce the expanded offerings of its Summer Academy Programs for all young women of color! We are hosting two separate week-long experiences on our campus for young women in grades ten through twelve. Students will interact with students and engage in the community.  

During the academies, upcoming high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will:

  • Receive a $500 SCHOLARSHIP to CSM
  • Learn from a STEAM curriculum
  • Get acquainted with college life and meet new friends
  • Meet professional women in the community
  • Participate in cultural activities
     

In addition to the list above, participants will:

  • Receive assistance with applying and preparing for college
  • Create a plan to apply to 10 colleges and/or universities and for 5 scholarships
     

Application Information

Applications for the Summer Academies should be submitted through our online application below.

The fee is $25 for the entire week of classes and activities. 

Application for 2023 will open next spring.


Admission Criteria

A successful applicant should:

  • Complete the online application prior to the deadline
  • Upload the most recent high school transcript
  • Upload a completed essay
     

Transcripts

Upload a copy of your high school transcript into the online application.  The transcript must include one full academic year of grades.  If your transcript does not include one year of grades, you may upload a mid-term or interim report card.

Essay

Write an essay that answers the questions below.  Your answers should be between 200-500 words for each question. Please include your name at the top of each page of your essay before uploading. 

1)  Tell us about yourself.
2) What are you goals after high school graduation?
3) How will participating in the Summer Academy help you achieve your future goals?

Before you begin this application, please make sure you have the following information:

1. Your address, cell phone number and e-mail address
2. Your parent/guardians address, home phone number, cell phone number and e-mail address
3. Your essay in a Word or .PDF document that can be uploaded.
4. A copy of your High School Transcript in a format that can be uploaded (Senior Applicants Only)

 

Questions and Answers

How long is the Summer Academy?

How long is the Summer Academy?

Each academy is five days long.  The Summer Academy for incoming 10th and 11th grades is June 5th – 9th and the academy for incoming 12th graders is June 12th-16th.

Will there be a residential component?

Will there be a residential component?

This year the Summer Academies will have a residential component.

Does it cost anything to attend the Summer Academy?

Does it cost anything to attend the Summer Academy?

The registration fee is $25.00.  All other costs during the Summer Academies (including, activities, transportation, and meals) are fully covered by the College of Saint Mary.  Students may bring spending money to use at the campus Coffee House, bookstore, and vending machines.

What is the purpose of the Summer Academies?

What is the purpose of the Summer Academies?

The Summer Academies are filled with academic, recreational, and cultural activities designed to provide students with the opportunity to experience what it is like to be a college student.  During the Summer Academies students will take college-like courses, participate in cultural activities, and learn more about applying to and financing college.  Students are supervised carefully throughout the Summer Academies, but also have the chance to experience a great deal of independence and personal accountability. 

I attended the Summer Academies as a 9th, 10th, and 11th grader. Can I use all of my scholarship dollars?

I attended the Summer Academies as a 9th, 10th, and 11th grader. Can I use all of my scholarship dollars?

Each participate receives a $500.00 scholarship when they complete the Summer Academy at the College of Saint Mary.  If a student attends all three years, they may use the $1500.00 they have received in scholarship dollars. 

What safety measures are being taken during COVID?

What safety measures are being taken during COVID?

Vaccinations – All participants are highly encouraged to be vaccinated.

Masks – Participants may choose to wear masks while indoors to slow and prevent the spread of the virus.  Mask are no longer mandatory on campus at this time. 

Self-Screening – Participants are encouraged to self-screen daily. The University of Nebraska Medical Center has  a quick and easy application: “1-Check COVID,” which you can download to your Android or iPhone.

Hand Sanitizer – Hand sanitizing stations are at high traffic entrances of buildings.

Hand Washing – Proper handwashing practices are encouraged and reminders are placed in all restrooms.

Water Fountains – All water fountains have been transitioned to touchless water fill stations.

College of Saint Mary COVID-19 Safety Committee will continue to meet to assess current health and safety measures.  Participants will be informed of current health precautions just prior to the start of the selected academy.