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Financial Aid

Great Books offers limited Financial Aid opportunities for families that demonstrate significant financial need. Please see the details below and apply for those which best match your circumstances. At this time there is no financial assistance for our Oxford, Dublin, or Beijing programs.

Financial Aid applications will be accepted starting in January, 2018. Please check back in January for updated information on our 2018 offerings!

Submit all Financial Aid applications and supporting materials to:

The Great Books Summer Program
P.O. Box 743
Fairfield, CT 06824

Fax: 1-203-255-0675   

For questions about scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office 1-866-480-7323 or via email.

General Financial Aid

Families applying for Financial Aid must submit:

  1. A complete Financial Aid application form. 
  2. Copies of parent(s) 2017 signed Federal Income Tax Return form with documentation on all 2017 income (i.e. W-2, 1099, interest statements). If you are not required to file a 2017 tax return, please submit a statement to explain why and submit documentation of income. 
  3. A statement describing any special financial circumstances, and why you feel Financial Aid should be awarded to your child. 
  4. A personal note from the student about their interest and expectations in the program. 
  5. A teacher nomination. Great Books will seek this nomination on your behalf using the information provided in the Financial Aid Application, or you may submit the nomination along with supporting materials.

The Lewis-Sebring Scholarship

The two recipients of these one-week full scholarships to the Amherst Program or the University of Chicago Program are selected based on the criteria established by the Lewis-Sebring Family Foundation, which provides educational scholarships to deserving students from communities of color and low-income backgrounds to attend the Great Books Summer Program.

To apply for the Lewis-Sebring scholarship, families need to complete the Lewis-Sebring Scholarship Application and submit all materials listed on the application as well as a teacher nominaton. Please note that Lewis-Sebring Scholarship applicants must write a minimum 400-word essay describing their short- and long- term goals, and explain how GBSP fits into these goals.

Applicants who do not receive the Lewis-Sebring Scholarship will automatically be considered for General Financial Aid.

The Joseph W. Korner Memorial Scholarship

The recipient of this one-week full scholarship to the University of Chicago or Amherst College Program is selected based on the criteria established by the estate of Joseph W. Korner and The Open Books Foundation.  The scholarship will be awarded to a Chicago public school student who demonstrates a love of learning and a desire to read and discuss ideas. To learn more about Joseph W. Korner and his commitment to learning, please click here.

Applicants who do not receive the Joseph W. Korner Memorial Scholarship will automatically be considered for General Financial Aid.

The Joseph J. Ellis Scholarship for American History


Recipients for these two full one-week scholarships to the Amherst Program are selected based on a minimum 500-word essay on a topic to be announced.

Applicants who do not receive the Ellis Scholarship will automatically be considered for General Financial Aid.

“I am honored and thrilled that the Great Books Summer Program has created these scholarships in my name,” said Ellis, who speaks at the program every Fourth of July. “These scholarships go to a cause that I believe is really worthy. The program is based on an elegantly simple idea—bringing bright kids together to read great works and classic texts, which is the closest thing to the sacred for me.”

“For the last ten years, Joseph Ellis has generously shared his time and expertise with our students, who look forward to his inspired talks about the founding of our country. We could not be more pleased to honor him by offering these scholarships in his name,” said David Ward, co-founder and President of the Great Books Summer Program.

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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