Cesar Chavez High School juniors Samire Adam and Eyerusalem Debebe are attending an eight-week College Prep Scholarship summer program at Stanford University through QuestBridge.
Both girls are immigrants from Ethiopia are highly involved in the school and community, with National Honor Society, International Club, Diversity leadership Alliance and Upward Bound. They will be the first to complete high school and attend college in their families. One of their dreams is to organize a nonprofit organization to collect school supplies and send them to children in Ethiopia, who have lost parents due to political unrest and disease.
According to QuestBridge, the summer programs offer a unique opportunity to take college-level courses at a top-tier university while residing in a dormitory with peers from across the country.
These scholarships offer outstanding low-income students a special chance to experience life beyond high school and to gain first-hand experience on what to expect from attending a selective college.
Students at Stanford Summer College take courses with Stanford professors, and can choose from over 175 courses from 35 departments.
When not in class, students can have dinner with their favorite professors at ”Faculty Dinner Night,” perform in the Summer Chorus and Symphony, and take the ”College Admissions 101” workshop.
Students will reside in Stanford dorms with other high school students from around the world.