Hey guys! Two summers ago, I had the amazing opportunity to attend the SSEP program at Smith College, which gives girls the chance to explore two science/engineering fields in depth through lectures by the faculty and hands-on experimenting. Through this program I was able to discover the fields of genetics and neurology, which opened my mind up to ideas that are not readily available or taught in high school. I can safely say that without this program, I would not be where I am today, whether that be intellectually, mentally, or physically.
SSEP is just one of the many programs that partner with JIF to give motivated high school girls the opportunity to pursue something different during their summer time, often altering their goals and aspirations for the future. Most of the girls come out of these programs with a changed heart, whether it be for a future major, path, or even the idea of going to college.
The money that you may donate today will go to provide similar opportunities to even more hard-working, motivated, and charismatic high-school girls and help them reach their goals. This foundation not only provides scholarships (both need-based and merit-based) for the girls to attend summer programs at top-ranking universities, but also to host JCAS, a symposium for students and their families to talk to admission officers of those top-ranking colleges. Remember, every dollar counts! This could be one less bubble tea drink, one less Starbucks coffee, or one less bag of chips. Your fleeting moment of material wonder could be transforming effect on one girl's life instead. Your contribution will go directly to an alumnae scholarship for a 2017 JIF summer scholar.
Here are some facts about these amazing individuals you will be helping:
45% are lower-income
45% are middle-income
10% receive partial, merit-only based awards
Most are in the top 10% of their high school class
About 33% will be first generation to college
About 40% identify as students of color
2016 Summer Scholars
78 Scholars from 70 different secondary schools
84% rank in the top 10% of their class
67% have a 4.0 GPA
30% first generation to college
40% students of color
High School Class of 2016
100% enrolled in college
81% report their Summer Scholar experience raised their college aspirations
44% admission rate to Ivy League institutions
61% matriculating outside of the Midwest
Summer Scholars alumnae pay it forward in many different ways, including participating in an annual fundraiser that supports a scholarship for a current Summer Scholar.