Horizon Scholars for Partner Organizations

About the Program

The Horizon Scholars program is pleased to collaborate with a small number of partner organizations to provide opportunities for students from their organizations to attend High School Summer College at little to no cost. To qualify for this program, you must be nominated by the partner organization and must complete the appropriate Summer Session application. Only students who are nominated will be eligible to participate in the Horizon Scholars for Partner Organizations program.

Program Details

Horizon Scholars spend eight weeks on Stanford's campus during the summer. The program combines top-notch academics with extracurricular activities that explore the rich cultural, social, and geographical resources of the San Francisco Bay Area. As a Horizon Scholar student, you will live in residence with other high school students from across the U.S. and around the world, and gain first-hand knowledge of what it’s like to be a college student.


Students in the Horizon Scholars program enroll in two academic courses, one of which is PWR 1HZ: Writing Well, An 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. All Horizon Scholars students attend PWR 1HZ, which provides a common academic foundation for the summer. In addition to this course, you’ll be able to select a second academic course based on your personal interests and, if desired, a 1-unit Athletics course as well. In total, you will enroll in between 7 and 9 units of courses. High Summer College students are required to select courses from the list provided at the Summer Session website.

Advising and Academic Support

The Summer Academic Resource Center (SARC) offers tutoring, academic advising, and academic skills workshops to all students enrolled in Summer Quarter.  Academic advisors support summer students in their academic and intellectual pursuits. Advisors help students select courses, navigate academic policies, and identify resources. Tutors provide workshops in a variety of subject areas. Specialized and individual tutoring is available as well. Each Horizon Scholar is assigned a tutor based on their individual course schedule.

Horizon Scholars students participate in Pre-Summer Advising and Mid-Summer Advising sessions to support academic success. The program also sponsors a series of workshops focusing on college-preparatory skills.

Horizon Fridays

In addition to High School Summer College activities, Horizon Scholars students attend “Horizon Fridays” each week. These workshops focus on topics such as the college admissions process, the transition to college life, and issues of diversity and access. During one of the Horizon Fridays, you will visit one or two college campuses in the Bay Area.

Program Features

The following costs are covered as a Horizon Scholars student:

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

*Textbooks and course fees will likely first need to be covered by the student. The $500 stipend will be issued as a reimbursement from the program.

**All Horizon Scholars students are required to maintain Stanford’s Cardinal Care insurance for the summer and may not waive coverage -- even if they have their own health insurance plan.

Note: Travel to and from Stanford is not covered. 

Program Requirements

To be eligible for Horizon Scholars for Partner Organizations, you must:

  • Be selected by one of our partner organizations
  • Be a current junior at the time of application
  • Be at least 16 at the start of the program, June 20, 2020, and no more than 19 by the last day, August 16, 2020; there are no exceptions to these age restrictions

Please note that all program participants are required to complete an online Summer Session Horizon Scholars application.

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