Academic Enrichment Opportunities

Stanford University Summer Horizon Scholar Program


Stanford Summer Session's Horizon Scholars program is a residential scholarship opportunity for low-income, high-achieving rising high school seniors who reside in the state of California to attend the High School Summer College program at little to no cost. 


  • Decision Release Date: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
  • Acceptance Completion Deadline: Friday, April 3, 2020
  • Application Fee: $0

Our admission decisions are based entirely on each applicant’s individual application and whether the student demonstrates a history of academic success. Application submissions are reviewed holistically, taking every section of the application into consideration. Performing well in one particular area, such as GPA, does not guarantee admission into Summer Session. 

Academics

Horizon Scholars students must enroll in and maintain 7 to 9 units of credit. You must take two academic courses, one of which is PWR 1HZ: Introduction to College Writing. This 3-unit mandatory course covers critical reading, writing, and research skills that are applicable to any area of academic study. Students may take no more than one 1-unit athletics course. Program participants will select courses from the list for High School Summer College students provided at the Summer Session website.

Program provides:

The following costs are covered as a Horizon Scholars student:

  • Application fee
  • Program fees
  • Tuition
  • Room and Board
  • Books/required course materials (up to $500)*
  • Health insurance fee**
  • College-preparation programming
  • Horizon Scholars-only gatherings

Required information to apply:

  • Register and Create Your Account
  • Parent/Guardian Information
  • High School Transcripts
  • Standardized Test Scores & English Proficiency
  • Passions and Interests
  • Horizon Scholar Essay (2)
  • Recommendation

Program runs- Saturday, June 20 – Sunday, August 16, 2020