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Financial Aid & Scholarships

It is the mission of the Great Books Summer Program to create a lively, warm, and welcoming community of learners who come together to develop their critical thinking skills through free inquiry and civil discourse. Our unique combination of academic rigor within a supportive community gives students the tools and the confidence to develop their own best thinking practices in preparation for college and beyond. It is our goal to extend this opportunity to any student who wishes to learn by asking big questions of literature.

A limited amount of Financial Aid is available to applicants whose families demonstrate significant financial need. Scholarships are awarded to applicants who meet the stated requirements and complete the additional Scholarship application steps.

The majority of our financial support is offered in the form of Sponsorships, which are agreements made in cooperation with a host of sponsoring organizations. We welcome and encourage students to secure support through sponsors or scholarship sources outside the GBSP network. Please contact for support and guidance indentifying local and national resources.

Great Books Summer Program works in contribution with following sponsors and mission partners: Amherst CollegeAchievement First, Camp Out For KidsKIPP Charter Schools, Noble Network: Summer of a LifetimeOpen Books FoundationReach PrepSchuler Scholar Programand Success Academy. Learn more about our scholarship opportunities and their requirements below.

Financial Aid for Summer 2020:

The 2020 Financial Aid application cycle is open. At this time, we only offer Financial Aid or Scholarships for our Amherst, Northwestern, and Stanford programs. Complete Financial Aid applications will be due by 11:59 PM, EST, on March 11, 2020. Applicants will be notified about financial aid decisions by March 31, 2020.

Click here to learn how to apply for financial aid.

Scholarships Available for Summer 2020:

The Joseph W. Korner Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports up to two Chicago public high school students for one-week sessions at either our Amherst Program or Northwestern Program

The Lewis-Sebring Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports two students for one-week sessions at either our Amherst Program or Northwestern Program.

Mary M. Coupens, Great Books Reading Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports a public high school student from the Colorado Springs area for a one-week session at our Amherst Program.

The Joseph J. Ellis Scholarship for American History: This scholarship fully supports one student for a one-week session at our Amherst Program.

For questions about financial aid or scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office 203-612-9470 ext. 43 or via email:


Thank You Notes

Read the inspiring and gracious Thank You notes from our scholarship students. 

Give to Great Books Scholarships

Great Books is grateful for scholarship assistance provided by our friends at the Open Books Foundation. OBF is a non-profit that was founded in 2009 by a group of education advocates and Great Books Summer Program parents to support excellent summer learning opportunities for students in need.

To learn more about the Open Books Foundation, or to donate to Great Books scholarships, please visit their website.


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