Summer Scholars Program Application

The application has closed for 2018.

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Please read the following instructions before starting your application and let us know if you have any questions.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be female high school students in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota. Summer Scholars are academically high-achieving students who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2018. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars who used their scholarships are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.
  • Summer Program Partners: Joyce Ivy works with a set of college summer program partners. Scholarships may be used at at certain summer academic programs at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Please see our supported Summer Programs section for more information on these programs. Missouri students may not use their scholarship to remain in-state at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • All components of your application must be received before we begin review.
  • You must also apply directly to the summer program(s) for admission and financial aid. Make sure to identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant. Your application will not be considered complete unless we receive proof of application to your summer program(s) and their financial aid program.
    • If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. It is Brown's policy that students who are being considered for a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner scholarship may not also apply for a Dean's Scholarship.

Student Application

Step 1. Make sure that the summer program you are interested in attending is a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner and listed among our supported programs. We do not provide scholarships for all programs at partner institutions; for example, a 1-week program is not eligible.

Step 2. Complete the Joyce Ivy application and essays online. If you are not able to complete the application online, you may submit it via email or fax:
Fax: (734) 661-0229

Student Application Checklist

  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Student Application Sections
  • An essay of no more than 200 words describing how participation in a summer program may stretch your comfort zone.
  • An essay of no more than 650 words on one of the topics from the Common Application or Coalition Application for college.

Step 3. Once you submit your Joyce Ivy application, you will receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for submitting additional documents and materials. Save the e-mail and link. You will use this link to submit the following additional application materials:

  • Copies of your parent/guardian's tax returns for prior two (2) years (first two pages of 1040 only).
  • Copies of PSAT, SAT and/or PLAN, ACT test scores, if you've taken any of these tests.
  • Copies of all financial aid application(s) submitted to the college summer program(s). You may upload screenshots if you are completing the application online.

Note: Don't forget that you must also apply directly to the summer program(s) of your choice for admission and, in some cases, financial aid. Check with the programs for important deadlines and requirements. If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. Make sure you identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant on your summer program applications.

Step 4. Forward the confirmation email and link from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to your counselor and ask him or her to submit the following materials using the link. If it is not possible for your counselor to submit these pieces of your application via the link, he or she may submit them via fax or email.

  • One (1) letter of recommendation. This may be the same recommendation letter(s) submitted with your summer program application(s). This may be from a counselor or teacher and should be approximately one-page in length, outlining your strengths as a student and community member/leader, as well as your potential as a summer program participant.
  • Official academic transcript(s) from your high school.


All application materials must be received by March 5, 2018.

Student Information *First Name: MI: *Last Name:
Preferred Name:
*Street Address:
*City: *State: *Zip:
*Home Phone: *Student Email:
Student Cell Phone:
*Current high school grade level in 2017-2018 school year:
The following item is optional and no information provided will be used in a discriminatory manner. Please check one or more to describe your background.
American Indian, Alaska Native, or Native Hawaiian
Asian or Asian-American
Black or African-American
Where did you hear about the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholarship Program?
  Have you applied to the Summer Scholar Program before?

Yes No    If yes, for which summer:

  Do you have a relative who was named a Summer Scholar?
  If so, please enter name, year and relationship to you:
Parent/Guardian Information Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 Name:
Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 Occupation:
Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 College Name (if any):
Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 Degree:
Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 Cell:
Mother/Parent1/Guardian 1 Email:
Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 Name:
Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 Occupation:
Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 College Name (if any):
Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 Degree:
Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 Cell:
  Father/Parent2/Guardian 2 Email:
Academic Information *High School Name:
*Graduation Year:
*College Counselor Name:
*College Counselor Phone:
  *College Counselor Email:
  CEEB Code: (lookup code)
  Test Scores: Please provide us your grade and test scores as applicable:
SAT Subject Test(s) & Score(s):
AP Subject Test(s) & Score(s):
Cumulative GPA:

Is your GPA weighted?

Class Rank:

out of

Is your Class Rank weighted?

Class Rank Percentile:
Pre-College Program(s) Applied To

Please provide information about the pre-college summer programs to which you are applying. We strongly encourage you to apply to at least two summer programs so that you have have options for attendance and scholarship award levels.

Note: Past Summer Scholars have stressed the value of an out of state experience, and therefore students from Missouri are not eligible for Joyce Ivy scholarships to attend Washington University in St. Louis.

*First Choice Program:
Second Choice Program (if any):
Third Choice Program (if any):

Tip: Many Joyce Ivy Foundation summer program partners offer an application fee waiver for Joyce Ivy applicants.
Check with the programs to which you are applying to see if they offer a fee waiver.

*Do you anticipate earning college credit?
Yes No # Credits:
  *Did you apply for financial aid?
Yes In process of applying No, I am not eligible for need-based financial aid.
  All Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholar applicants are required to apply for financial aid directly with the summer program – with the exception of Brown – as this is used by the program to calculate any partner scholarship you receive. If you believe your family income is too high to qualify for need-based aid, please note that in the box below. You will be considered for a $1,000 merit award from the Joyce Ivy Foundation.
  Date you submitted financial aid application to above institution(s):
  - OR -
  Reason why you did not apply for aid:
Financial Information *1) What amount will you and your family be able to pay toward the total cost of the summer program including travel, books, fees and incidentals?
*2) Annual Household Income:
<$50,000 $50,000-$75,000 $75,000-$125,000
$125,000-$150,000 >$150,000
*3) Home Value: Mortgage Balance:
*4) Household net assets exclusive of residence:
<$25,000 $25,000-$75,000 >$75,000
5) Number of individuals in household:
List age, current grade level and school attended for all household members under age 23.
Name Age Current
Grade Level
Presently Attending
Public or Private?
Public Private
Public Private
Public Private
Public Private
Public Private
Public Private
Extracurricular Activities

How do you spend your time outside of class? Please list your most significant extracurricular, community, and volunteer activities, as well as any hobbies or family responsibilities.

Activity Description Position Held, Honors,
Letters Earned
Approx. Time
Spent per Week
Season(s) of Activities
(e.g., all year, spring, fall, etc.)
Essay Questions You must submit an essay for both Question 1 and Question 2:

*Question 1) Please write an essay of no more than 200 words in response to the following:

We often gain the most when we risk the most. How will participating in a summer program stretch your comfort zone?

Tip: For many Joyce Ivy Summer Scholars, their summer program participation will include some first-time experiences, such as traveling outside their home state or the Midwest, studying a topic not readily accessible at home, or living with peers from around the world. We recommend being as specific as possible in sharing what excites and scares you about participating in a summer program and how the experience may be different from your experiences at home in your community or high school.

Type or paste your essay here (200 words remaining):


*Question 2) For your second essay, please select an essay topic from the Common Application or Coalition Application and write an essay of no more than 650 words. Check which prompt you have selected below.

Common Application:

Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma-anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.

Coalition Application:

Tell a story from your life, describing an experience that either demonstrates your character or helped to shape it.
Describe a time when you made a meaningful contribution to others in which the greater good was your focus. Discuss the challenges and rewards of making your contribution.
Has there been a time when you've had a long-cherished or accepted belief challenged? How did you respond? How did the challenge affect your beliefs?
What is the hardest part of being a teenager now? What’s the best part? What advice would you give a younger sibling or friend (assuming they would listen to you)?
Submit an essay on a topic of your choice.

Tip: Your essay should help us get to know you better, give us a window into how you think, and/or give us a sense of what makes you distinctive. If you are writing about a incident, person, or place that has influenced you, make sure your essay still sheds light on you as the primary subject.

Type or paste your essay here (650 words remaining):


Please confirm that you are a female applicant, applying for the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program, and that this application represents accurate information to the best of your knowledge and all essays are your original work.

The information given in this application and supporting documentation is complete and correct, and I am applying for this scholarship and to the Pre-College Program with the knowledge and consent of my parent(s) or legal guardian. I understand that the application and supporting materials will not be returned to me and become the property of the Joyce Ivy Foundation. I agree to the release of information associated with this application in support of discussions between The Joyce Ivy Foundation and the Pre-College Program. If selected as a Joyce Ivy Foundation scholar, I agree to allow The Joyce Ivy Foundation to use my name and photographic image in press releases, online communications or other forums and communications related to the Summer Scholar program.

*Student Signature:

*Parent/Guardian Signature: