The Crimson Summer Academy offers an outstanding educational opportunity to students who show high academic potential but have not had access to all of the resources necessary for academic success. Public school students who currently attend ninth grade in Boston, Cambridge or Somerville; have been nominated by a principal, teacher, or guidance counselor familiar with their academic and personal potential; and who come from financially disadvantaged backgrounds are invited to apply. Students who are admitted to the Academy and succeed in the first summer session, then continue in a public school system during the following academic year, are invited to return for their second summer session. Admitted students who succeed in the second summer session, then continue in a public school system during the next academic year, are invited to return for their third and final summer session at the CSA.
Successful applicants receive full financial support for tuition, room and board, as well as a stipend of $800 for the first summer and a weekly stipend of $200 during the second and third summers. Crimson Scholars who successfully complete the three-year program are awarded a $3,000 scholarship for use at the college or university of their choice.
The Crimson Summer Academy is funded by the President’s Office at Harvard University.
The CSA has always been a guiding force for me.