Scholars Residential Program
Summer Scholars Residential Program is a one-week
residential program designed to develop the academic,
leadership, and/or creative skills of 7th and
8th grade students who have demonstrated high
levels of ability in their school work, in the
arts or in their daily lives. The program is sponsored
by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's
Center for Gifted Education.
instructional experiences does the Summer Scholars
The program focuses on academics, the arts, and
personal development. Students select from
courses designed to develop skills in new content
areas or to pursue special interests; although
students are encouraged to select a balanced schedule
including courses in both academics and the arts,
those with intense interests or special abilities
in one or two specific areas may concentrate in
these areas. Most courses meet 1 1/4 hours
per day for five days; although time does not
permit in-depth study of any subject, movitated
students often make significant advances during
the week of the program.
and where is the program held, and how are students
All Summer Scholars live in UL Lafayette dormitories and daily classes are in an area school. The school meets the needs of middle school students and provides an ideal setting for the summer experience. Summer Scholars classes are taught by carefully chosen master teachers.
students may select from a variety of evening
activities, they are not allowed unsupervised
time. Our residence hall staff consists
of teachers, counselors, and other experienced
residential life personnel, all personally chosen
for their ability to work effectively with young
people. The small student/staff ratio permits
careful attention to the social, emotional, and
personal needs of individual students; after-hours
security is further ensured by uniformed officers
who supervise the dormitory reception areas in
each dormitory throughout the night.
is the cost of the program, and are scholarships
Summer Scholars Program tuition for Louisiana
residents is reduced to $425 by private funding. Additional scholarship funding
from a private source provides ample
assistance for families who qualify on the basis
of financial need.
What are the benefits of the program?
The diversity of the Summer Scholars Program permits
us to extend stimulating summer experiences to
students who may not have such opportunities in
their schools. Parents and students report
that participants return to their homes and schools
with improved motivation, interpersonal skills,
and self-esteem. While there are no automatic
scholarships or school acceptances as a result
of the program, colleges often look favorably
on the development of ability through summer experiences.
A major benefit of the program is the formation
of lasting friendships with others who share similar
abilities and interests.
do students spend their time in the dormitory?
Structured activities are part of the regular
afternoon schedules, and students may choose from
a variety of evening activites in the dormitory
(e.g., theatre, talent shows, art, discussion
groups). Students have little free time,
are closely supervised, and are required to have
lights out by specified times.
and Application Procedures
Summer Scholars Residential Program is designed
for students who have demonstrated high potential
in academics, the arts or leadership ability.
Students may qualify for this program by
presenting official documentation that they have
met one of the following criteria:
for a parish gifted program or the UL Lafayette
Academic Enrichment Program;
Intelligence test scores at or above the 87th
national percentile,or qualifying scores on standardized
tests of academic achivement, including SAT or
ACT (call for further details);
Other documentation from school officials of high
academic, artistic or leadership potential.
Year Schedules: For current year program dates,
information on course offerings, and a typical
daily schedule, click on Summer
Scholars Program Schedules (coming soon)
For Further Information: For further details,
or to determine whether or not a student is qualified
for the Summer Scholars Program, call the UL Lafayette
Center for Gifted Education, (337) 482-6701.
Summer Scholars Application Form: To print a copy of the application form, click on this link and send the form with your application fee to our office. (We do not accept credit cards)