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Freshman Scholars

The JSA Freshman Scholars Program



Freshman Scholars At Princeton University

July 15th – August 5th, 2018

Tuition Includes: Textbooks and all other academic expenses, along with room and board for the student.
Not Included: Airfare, off-campus meals and entertainment and transportation to and from the Summer School.

For over 80 years, JSA has been preparing young people for leadership and academic success. The JSA Freshman Scholars Program offers academically talented 8th-grade students a challenging and enriching experience.

  • Specifically designed for students entering the ninth grade in the Fall of 2018
  • Small, close-knit cohort
  • Located on campus at Princeton Universities
  • Experience a taste of high school and college life – preparation for the future!

Here’s what a parent had to say about our Summer Programs:

“My son attended two consecutive JSA Summer Programs, the Freshman Scholars Program at Princeton and the High School program at Georgetown. These programs have had a significant positive impact on his development both academically and personally.

JSA Summer Programs combine challenging academics that develop critical thinking, with social time with young people of similar interests but different backgrounds. Also, JSA Summer Programs offer a great college campus experience that prepares kids for an easier transition from grade school to high school and college life.”

– Ricardo Ruiz, Sr., Parent of a JSA Summer School Student

Who supervises students?

JSA Staff and Resident Advisors reside in the dorms with students. They are available 24 hours a day and are responsible for the health and safety of the students. Faculty and staff members actively participate in non-academic aspects of the program, including recreation, social activities, and off-campus activities. Students have a meeting every night with their Resident Advisors and have a 10:00 p.m. curfew after which they may not leave their rooms.

Is financial aid available?

Yes, each summer the Junior Statesmen Foundation awards over $750,000 in partial scholarships to students who want to attend the program. In addition, JSA provides free fundraising tools and training to help students raise funds in their own communities. In 2017, students raised nearly $200,000!

Applicants should be entering the 9th grade and have an expected high school graduation year of 2022.