The Community Scholars Program (CSP) for more than 40 years has led Georgetown's efforts to promote social justice by enrolling a more racially and socioeconomically diverse student body. Managed by the Center for Multicultural Equity & Access (CMEA), the program provides enhanced educational opportunity for a multicultural cohort of first-generation college students who have achieved the dream of higher education through personal initiative, service, and academic excellence.
The Community Scholars experience begins with a five-week academic summer program prior to the students' first year at Georgetown designed to aid their transition to higher education. During the summer they take classes for credit, attend orientation workshops, and begin forming bonds with one another, teachers, and administrators that will help sustain them through college. The program supports its students throughout their Georgetown careers with academic advising, mentoring and personal counseling, study groups, workshops and seminars.
The Community Scholars Program aims to contribute to the successful retention and graduation of undergraduate students who are often first-generation college students, and typically represent diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.
- Summer Program: During the summer before their first year, Community Scholars have the opportunity to spend five weeks in residence at Georgetown University, and take two credit-bearing classes. This year’s summer program begins on Friday, July 3rd and ends on Saturday, August 8th.
- Classes: All Scholars will take two credit-bearing classes: Writing & Culture, an intensive critical reading and writing course taught by Georgetown faculty with graduate-student writing tutors; and a second Summer Session class, chosen by each student’s Academic Dean, that provides participants with an opportunity to get a head start on their credit hours before beginning their first semester. Courses may include Theology, Economics, Government, Sociology and Math.
- Room and Board: Scholars live in a residence hall along with Resident Advisors, who provide an extended orientation to life at Georgetown. A meal plan will be provided for the five weeks of the program.
- Academic Benefits: Scholars receive priority registration for their fall semester, ensuring seats in desired classes. In addition, Scholars meet with Academic Deans, Financial Aid Counselors, and other service providers.
- Seminar Series and Group Activities: Each week, all Scholars will be required to attend a College Transition Seminar facilitated by Georgetown faculty and/or staff. In addition, the program will host various mandatory group activities, from receptions to community service outings.
- Travel and Other Expenses: The program will cover the travel expenses for Scholars who live beyond a 300-mile radius of Washington, D.C. In addition, the program will cover books for all summer courses.
- Writing & Culture during the Fall semester: Scholars continue taking this core class, in most cases with the same professor, during the Fall semester for a total of six (6) credits.
- Fourth Hour Study Group Sessions: During the Fall semester the program organizes study group sessions for a few core courses such as Calculus and Chemistry. Former students who excelled in the course lead the sessions, providing an opportunity for Scholars to pose questions and enhance their study skills.
- First-Year Support: All first-year Scholars receive academic and personal support through various mandatory programs, such as attending First-Year Experience Seminars, meeting with the Program Director and Academic Advisor, and having access to CMEA services including the Peer Mentoring program.
- Ongoing Support: Throughout the remainder of a Scholar’s Georgetown career, ongoing academic and personal support includes one-on-one meetings with the Program Director and Academic Advisor; seminars, workshops and information sessions related to campus resources, majors, internships, study abroad, research opportunities and careers; cultural and social outings; and community service opportunities.
- Scholarship: Scholars who have received a need-based financial aid package may be eligible for a $1,700 scholarship to compensate for lost summer wages, which will be applied directly into the student’s account. This scholarship will be awarded for three years, beginning during the Scholar’s freshman year, as long as the student remains an active participant in the program demonstrating financial need and making satisfactory progress toward graduation.
During the admissions process, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions nominates eligible applicants to be considered for the Community Scholars Program. A committee comprising representatives of CMEA, the Office of Student Financial Services, the Office of Undergraduate Admissions and the Georgetown College Dean's Office reviews the applicants to determine which students will be admitted and offered a place in the program. The committee bases its decisions on the applicants' academic and personal achievements and their commitment to the transformative power of education in the face of adversity.
- Five-week summer residential academic experience
- Three-credit Summer Session Course
- Priority registration for Fall 2015 semester
- Introduction to Academic Deans, Financial Aid Counselors, and other campus administrators
- Fourth Hour study group sessions in selected core courses
- First-Year Experience Seminar Series
- $1,700 scholarship for three years