INSPIRE Pre-College Summer Program

The goal is INSPIRE is to unlock African potential and make the possibility of attending university overseas a reality for many students who deem it to be beyond their reach. INSPIRE aims to bring talented underprivileged rising high school juniors and seniors between the ages of 15 and 18 years from African schools to Harvard’s two-week Pre-college Summer Program. This very rigorous academic program coupled with extra-curricular activities is designed to give participants a taste of the Harvard experience. Participants stay in a Harvard dormitory, eat in a Harvard dining-hall, and are taught by Harvard faculty. Upon arrival at Harvard, participants are provided a inexpensive laptop, which is theirs to keep. Furthermore, so as to keep participants engaged beyond the two-week experience, participants are granted continuing online access to Widener Library. With a year or two left before completing high school, INSPIRE exposes students to Harvard University and other US colleges and universities that offer financial aid and other opportunities to African students with merit. INSPIRE also pairs each student with a Harvard undergraduate mentor. The mentor acts as an invaluable guide in the process of applying to college or university upon graduating from high school.  

For more information on the Summer Program visit: http://www.summer.harvard.edu/high-school-programs/pre-college-program

ELIGIBILITY

The Center for African Studies collaborates with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to identify high performing rising high school junior and senior students in STEAM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Arts / Mathematics). Students identified completed online applications to the Summer School. Those who meet the criteria receive electronic responses from the Harvard Summer School. 

APPLICATION

The Center for African Studies collaborates with the South African Institute of Chartered Accountants to identify high performing rising high school junior and senior students in STEAM (Science / Technology / Engineering / Arts / Mathematics). Students identified completed online applications to the Summer School. Those who meet the criteria receive electronic responses from the Harvard Summer School. 

RESOURCES

Videos: 

We asked Harvard INSPIRE's inaugural cohort what people should know about the program!

 

We asked Harvard Inspire's inaugural cohort what inspires them to succeed!

 

We asked Harvard INSPIRE's inaugural cohort what they thought about Harvard before attending the Harvard Summer school!