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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.

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 rener@greatbookssummer.com for support and guidance identifying local and national resources.

Great Books Summer Program works in cooperation with following sponsors and mission partners Amherst CollegeAchievement FirstCamp Out For KidsKIPP Charter SchoolsNoble 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 2021:

The 2021 Financial Aid application cycle is currently open.

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

At this time, all Financial Aid awards, as well as the Joseph J. Ellis Scholarship, support students to attend Great Books Online and Writer's Workshop Online programs during summer 2021. These awards will be extended to include on-campus programs pending availability. 

Scholarship awards (except the Joseph J. Ellis award) support students to attend GBSP's on-campus programs during summer 2021. The recipient of a scholarship award can elect to attend a Great Books Online or Writer's Workshop Online programs instead of an on-campus program.

All application materials are due by 11:59PM, Eastern on April 11, 2021. Applicants will be notified about Financial Aid & Scholarship award decisions by April 30, 2021.

Click for Instructions on How to Apply for Financial Aid and Scholarships.


Scholarships Available for Summer 2021:

The Joseph W. Korner Memorial Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports a Chicago public high school student to attend a one-week, on-campus session of the Great Books or Writer's Workshop program during summer 2021. Click here to learn about the scholarship requirements.

The Lewis-Sebring Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports a student from a community of color or a low-income background to attend a one-week, on-campus session of the Great Books or Writer's Workshop program during summer 2021. Click here to learn about the scholarship requirements.

Mary M. Coupens, Great Books Reading Scholarship: This scholarship fully supports a high school student to attend a one-week, on-campus session of the Great Books or Writer's Workshop program during summer 2021. Click here to learn about the scholarship requirements.

The Joseph J. Ellis Scholarship for American History: This scholarship fully supports a student to attend a one-week session of the Great Books or Writer's Workshop program during summer 2021. Click here to learn about the scholarship requirements.

For questions about financial aid or scholarships, please contact our Admissions Office 203-307-2217 or via email: wille@greatbookssummer.com.



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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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