University of Rochester Pre-College Program

Rochester, NY
July 8 – 19, 2019

Number of scholarships: 3
Age: current 8-11th graders
Member Program Tuition Cost: $900 per student
Market Value Price: $3,500 per student

SEA Primary Contact:  Sonia Gonzalez;
Rochester Primary Contact: Ursula Balent;

January 14 – Programs notified of student selections
January 25 – Programs must confirm that selected students will move forward with application process
February 15 – Deadline for full Rochester Pre-College Summer Program Application submitted directly to Rochester
June 1 –Member Program tuition due to SEA via online payment system

SEA will announce the nominee who has been chosen to submit their application to Rochester on January 14, 2019. After confirming participation, selected nominees will then be required to fill out the full Rochester Pre-College Summer Program application and follow the steps below. All application materials should be uploaded and submitted via the Rochester Pre-College Summer Application online portal.

1. Member Program advisors and students should review Rochester Pre-College general webpage, How To Apply page, and Course Options***Please note: the program that your students are applying for is the non-credit Rochester Scholars Session A two-week program.

2. Online Application – Create an application account that links to an email address you check frequently. The application fee waiver code is NUS19. Be sure to note that your student is affiliated with SEA in the application by selecting National Urban Squash in the partners drop-down section.

The required forms and supplemental application materials will be available to fill out electronically through the online application. In certain circumstances a document may  need to be uploaded by the student, which you will see in the online application.

  • Short Essays 
    All applicants are asked to write two short essays of approximately 300 words. For the 2019 Pre-College Programs, the first writing prompt explores the meaning of the University’s motto “Meliora” and when the student experiences a moment in their life that made them “ever better”. The second writing prompt explains why the student is interested in the Pre-College Programs, specifically focusing on the course(s) they are applying for.
  • Transcript 
    An official high school transcript is required for your application. The transcript must come from your high school counselor. There will be a section in the application where the student can enter in the counselor’s contact information and an email will be automatically sent to the counselor requesting the transcript on behalf of the student. The school counselor will have access to submit the official transcript for the student’s application.
  • Letter of Recommendation 
    The letter of recommendation must come from a school official who can speak to your academics, as well as your potential fit related to the classes you are choosing. There will be a section in the application where the student can enter in the school official’s contact information and an email will be automatically sent to the school official requesting the letter of recommendation on behalf of the student. The school official will have access to submit the letter of recommendation for the student’s application.
  • Note: Financial Assistance Form is not required for our students this year.


Tuition, Fees and Additional Costs
Member programs should be prepared to contribute $325 per week for private school summer programs and $450 per week for pre-college programs. Tuition will be sent to SEA.

PLEASE NOTE that each school requires additional funds (between $200-$500) for books, supplies and incidentals that are not included in the tuition. Programs may be asked to pay for these costs upfront upon acceptance of each student and is an additional cost to the tuition. In certain cases, an initial enrollment fee upon acceptance may also be requested and will vary in amount depending on the school and the financial documents submitted by the students’ families.

To determine the amount of scholarship allotted, most schools will require the family of each student to fill out a confidential financial questionnaire and provide copies of 2017 or 2018 IRS 1040 Forms and copies of Supporting W-2 Forms and/or 1099 Forms from the same year as the IRS 1040 Form. **Based on this information, the school may ask for an additional contribution from a student’s family based on their ability to pay.  It is very important that this is clear to your students’ families before you make your nominations – they must be willing to disclose financial information and able to provide supporting documentation, and they may be asked by the school to contribute to the cost of the program.

Member Programs should be prepared to contribute for each student accepted:

  • Member programs should be prepared to contribute $325 per week for private school summer programs and $450 per week for pre-college programs.
  • Additional stipend for books, supplies, and incidentals (between $200-$500)
  • Travel costs

SEA is committed to raising the following funds for each student accepted:

  • Balance of scholarship tuition
  • $100 towards airfare (if necessary)
  • Application fee for selected students


For general inquiries, see the link below.
Rochester Pre-College Summer Program

For specific concerns, please contact Sonia Gonzalez, Director of Educational Partnerships & Alumni,