PROVIDENCE, R.I. [Brown University] — Current eighth-graders from Providence’s public schools will soon be able to apply to join a free college-preparation program at Brown University.
The Brown Collegiate Scholars Program — designed to prepare cohorts of students from Providence to enter college degree programs after high school graduation — is recruiting its first students before an application process that opens in February, in time to welcome its inaugural cohort to the Brown campus in summer 2024.
The program will provide participants year-round academic support and college-preparation guidance to advance opportunities to successfully apply to, select, finance and attend college. Held on Brown's campus, it will enroll a new cohort of approximately 25 eighth-grade students from the Providence Public School District each year. Programming — which will include classes, workshops, counseling, tutoring by Brown students and mentorship involving Brown faculty, staff and alumni — will start the summer before each student’s ninth-grade year and persist through their high school graduation.
Adrienne Marcus — dean of Brown’s Division of Pre-College and Undergraduate Programs, which oversees the program — said the Brown Collegiate Scholars Program aims to boost college enrollment and success for students who live and learn in Providence. It will support high schoolers through every step of the college admissions process, from exploring interests and nurturing academic and personal growth to preparing for college entrance exams, understanding financial aid packages and making the most of campus visits.
"Applying to college can be a complex and daunting process, especially for first-generation college students," Marcus said. "We've created the Brown Collegiate Scholars Program to help guide participating Providence students through that process. By making it more manageable, we hope to increase the likelihood that they pursue higher education and achieve their academic, personal and career goals."