Julia Roper '15
Student Director of Tucker Fellowships
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The Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) program empowers promising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds to thrive in high school and college and provides Dartmouth students transformative opportunities for service and leadership.
Starting the summer after their freshman year, SEAD brings 30 high school students from around the country to Hanover for two to three weeks. The scholars take three classes taught by professional educators, explore a multitude of collegiate activities run by student organizations, and develop intimate relationships with Dartmouth community members. In addition to the 20 Dartmouth undergraduate and alumni who serve as residential staff, the scholars have an opportunity to connect with over 300 sophomores involved in the program each year as mentors, academic coaches, and activity leaders. The scholars return every summer for four years to strengthen those bonds as they prepare, apply, and transition into college. Through a unique balance of academic rigor, character development, and entertainment, SEAD fosters a close-knit community dedicated to realizing the potential for excellence in each of its members.
Over the span of two week, scholars focus on getting to know each other, building a sense of trust and cohesion as a group, and practicing problem solving skills. The Scholars are encouraged to explore themselves as individuals, students, and members of their communities through Robotics and Humanities courses.
This three-week program embraces the themes of the environment and sustainability. Scholars take Environmental Science and Humanities courses along with an SAT prep class, as they continue to bond as a group collaborating on presentations of their work in teams.
In their third year, scholars engage in three weeks of courses centered on college preparation. The classes include Speech and Leadership, College Search and Application, and Writing the College Application Essay with all curricula emphasizing small group work with staff members and individual conferences with lead teachers.
For the first time in 2013, SEAD will be a four-summer program, with two weeks in the final summer focused on supporting the program's graduates in a successful transition to college.
In the fall or winter following their summer at Dartmouth, SEAD students come back to Hanover for the SEAD Fall or Winter Reunion Weekend. The Reunion Weekends give SEAD students the opportunity to reconnect with their mentors and one another and serve as a reminder of the focused, motivated work the students did during the summer and can do during the school year. The Reunion Weekends also help prepare the students for their upcoming summer with SEAD.
The SEAD Reunion Weekends are a partnership between Dartmouth College and Hanover High School. During the Reunion Weekend, SEAD students are hosted by families of Hanover High School students.
The SEAD Internship program sends a Dartmouth undergraduate student into each of our partner SEAD schools to spend eight weeks serving as an intern. The purpose of the internship is to maintain contact between the on-campus summer program and the SEAD students, their parents or guardians, and their school advisors. The SEAD intern sustains the enthusiasm of the program participants, encourages academic success as well as community involvement, helps the students prepare for the college application process, and pursues our shared goal of a college education.
SEAD encourages academic preparedness and personal growth through specially designed courses, year-round mentoring, and extensive interactions with successful college students.
SEAD offers an unparalleled opportunity to learn with others from different, and often challenging, life experiences: learning that should be at the core of a rich liberal arts education. Find out more about volunteer opportunities.
Last Updated: 8/28/14