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    The Stroud Scholars Program

    The Stroud Scholars program honors the legacy of two of the earliest African-American students to graduate from Colorado College, siblings Kelly Dolphus Stroud ’31 and Effie Stroud Frazier ’31, who persevered through discrimination yet excelled in education and in their lives.

    Stroud Scholars prepares students for selective college environments by working directly with high promise youth to provide academic preparation, mentorship, and guidance navigating admissions and financial aid processes to CC and beyond.  Students successfully completing the three-year college preparatory program will earn admission to Colorado College and receive a financial aid package that will enable them to attend.

    The program offers a developmental pathway beginning the summer after a student’s first year of high school and ending with a successful transition into Colorado College or another intentionally chosen college or university. For three summers, at no cost to the youth or their families, Colorado College will host youth on our campus for three weeks. During this time, participants will focus on cultivating quantitative reasoning and writing skills.  Participants will also engage in programming designed to help them prepare practically for the college admissions and financial aid processes.  Lastly, the program will support participants holistically to thrive in college by helping them build a strong foundation of hard and soft skills, broaden their aspirations and confidence, and connect them to a supportive community of peers and mentors. Knowledge and skills gained during the summer experience will also be supported and furthered through a series of academic year programs.

    For our pilot year (July 2020), we will accept 25 rising sophomores from the Pikes Peak Region.  Each subsequent year, we will continue to support those students accepted into the program as well as accept a new cohort of rising sophomores. In this way, we will continue to expand the program year-by-year.

    Interested in Applying?

    Click our 'Apply' tab to access the application and learn more about the selection process and timelines. If you have further questions about the program, email us at stroudscholars@coloradocollege.edu

    The Stroud Scholars Summer Experience

    In the mornings, participants will take two academic enrichment courses — one cultivating writing skills, one cultivating quantitative reasoning skills. These courses will be aimed at enabling success and thriving in high school as well as becoming academically prepared for college.

    In the afternoons, participants will engage in critical inquiry seminars taught by CC students; they will engage youth in intriguing, relevant topics that foster critical thinking skills and expose them to the types of thinking, academic investigation, and classroom environments they are likely to experience in college. These afternoon sessions are intended to pique interest and cultivate a love of life-long learning.

    After classes, participants will engage in enrichment activities designed to build cultural and social capital that will equip young people to thrive in the college environment. These activities will also build a sense of community and belonging among the students in the program, deepening their support networks and self-confidence.

    Participants will stay on campus during the week and will have the opportunity to experience simulated college life adapted to youth. Familiarity with the higher education context aims to cultivate collegiate aspirations and develop a sense of belonging. During the weekends, youth will have the opportunity to return home to their families to decompress and reconnect.

    Summary of Program Offerings

             No-cost three-year summer program beginning with rising sophomores

             Three weeks in length

             Residing on campus during the week, participants can live at home on weekends

            Two core college readiness courses: quantitative reasoning and composition

             Critical inquiry workshops and enrichment activities in the afternoons

             Academic year workshops to prepare youth and their families for admissions and financial aid processes

             Yearlong mentorship and guidance from students, staff, and faculty

            Youth who successfully complete the program will earn admission to Colorado College with comprehensive financial aid packages

    Program Benefits

    • Free summer college preparatory program
    • Potential to earn admission to CC
    • Pathway to earn significant college financial aid and scholarships
    • Supports academic, intellectual, social, and practical college preparedness
    • Exposure to and familiarity with the college experience
    • Participation in enrichment activities to build cultural and social capital
    • Connection with mentors: college students, faculty, and staff
    • Opportunity to belong to a cohort of highly motivated and engaged peers and a community of learners
    • Holistic and ongoing support throughout the academic year, including workshops, mentorship, and advising