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Skidmore College and Sponsors for Educational Opportunity






College-Community Connections: Partnerships

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Grant Summary

$270,000 over 36 months to launch the next phase of "SEO-Skidmore Connections," a partnership in furtherance of their shared commitment to enhance the college readiness of talented but underserved New York City high school students. Based on lessons learned during the first phase of the partnership, Phase II will (a) emphasize enhanced social and academic integration of SEO into the summer program through an intentional focus by the summer faculty and staff on psychosocial factors contributing to student success and (b) serve an increased number of SEO students through enhanced cooperation and post-program follow-up (e.g., all SEO 12th graders will engage in weekend lectures by visiting Skidmore professors during the spring semester). The core of this partnership will remain the same in this phase; 12 SEO high school students each year will enroll in Skidmore's five-week summer Pre-College Program in the Liberal and Studio Arts, a program providing students the opportunity to take college courses, live on a college campus, and experience college life and learning. This partnership will serve over 300 students in total.