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Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program

The Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program, a partnership with the School District of Philadelphia, immerses local high school students in a true, on-campus college experience. A four-week summer program follows specialized, school-based curricula and hands-on activities, developed and led by faculty, administrators, and staff across Penn’s schools. The summer program introduces students to higher education, potential fields of study, and new career opportunities. Throughout the following year, Penn staff provide additional follow-up opportunities for students to apply and extend the summer learning experience, including SAT preparation courses, college essay practice, and other academic and interpersonal activities. The Provost’s Summer Mentorship Program seeks to enhance students’ high school experiences and position them for admission to the colleges and universities of their choice.

Talent Search

Talent Search helps eligible students complete high school and enroll in postsecondary schooling. The program provides 600 students annually at West Philadelphia’s Beeber Middle School and Overbrook High School with support services that instill a college-going culture and promote the academic and personal development necessary for entry into higher education institutions. As a federally funded TRIO program, two-thirds of Talent Search participants must be both low-income and first-generation college students.

Upward Bound

Upward Bound provides high school students with college preparatory programming that includes an academic and summer component. In the academic component, students attend additional high school courses to enhance their educational skills, a variety of workshops on selecting a college, financial aid and other pre-college planning, and cultural enrichment activities. The summer component consists of six weeks in which students live on a college campus and participate in additional classes in math, science, English and history. Students also attend a one-week summer college tour, visiting a variety of colleges and other educational and culturally enriching activities.

Upward Bound Math Science

Upward Bound Math Science is a college preparatory program that provides hands-on experience with the science and math and motivates and prepares students with academic potential for success in math and science education beyond high school. The mission of the program is to successfully increase the rate of first generation, low income students being enrolled into competitive four year institutions.

Veterans Upward Bound

Veterans Upward Bound offers a comprehensive program of support that includes rigorous academic training and counseling to enable 120 area veterans annually to pursue a post-secondary education. The VUB program provides comprehensive support systems that assist all veteran participants in achieving academic excellence and inspire lifelong learning relevant to a changing global society.