Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program is available to female high school students in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota. Summer Scholars are academically high-achieving students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2016. Most Summer Scholars will be entering 11th or 12th grade. More information is available at

  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholarships support select summer academic experiences at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Students from Missouri are not eligible for Joyce Ivy scholarships to remain in-state to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Please see our supported Summer Programs section for more information on these programs.
  • We are able to review your application after all components have been received.
  • You must also apply directly to the summer program(s) for admission and financial aid. Your application will not be considered complete unless we receive proof of application to your summer program(s) and their financial aid program.
    • If you are applying to Harvard, please upload confirmation of your financial aid application completion (or forward it to us at as soon as you have applied and we will attach it to the rest of your file at that time. You are still required to apply to Harvard for financial aid even though their financial aid application opens after the Joyce Ivy application deadline.
    • If you are applying to Brown and/or the Harvard Pre-College (2 week) program, you do not need to apply for financial aid directly with these programs. It is Brown’s policy that students who are being considered for a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner scholarship may not also apply for a Dean’s Scholarship.
  • If you have previously attended a pre-college summer program with a scholarship from the Joyce Ivy Foundation, you are not eligible to apply again.

Student Application

Step 1. Make sure that the summer program you are interested in attending is one that the Joyce Ivy Foundation partners with and is listed among our supported programs. We do not provide scholarships for all programs at partner institutions; for example, a 1-week program is not eligible. Not sure if your program is supported? Check the list.

Step 2. Complete the student application and essays online. If you are not able to complete the application online, you may submit it via email, fax or mail:
Fax: (734) 661-0229
The Joyce Ivy Foundation
Summer Scholars Program Application
PO Box 2396
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Tip: We are able to begin reviewing your application much more quickly if you send it to us electronically (online, email, fax).

Student Application Checklist

  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Student Application Sections
  • An essay of no more than 200 words describing how participation in a summer program may stretch your comfort zone.
  • An essay of no more than 650 words on one of the topics from the Common Application for college.

Step 3. Once you submit your Joyce Ivy application, you will receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for submitting additional documents and materials. Save the e-mail and link. You will use this link to submit the following additional application materials:

  • Copies of your parent/guardian’s tax returns for prior two (2) years (first two pages of 1040 only).
  • Copies of PSAT, SAT and/or PLAN, ACT test scores, if you’ve taken any of these tests.
  • Copies of all financial aid application(s) submitted to the college summer program(s) you are applying to, along with any other scholarships or funding sources to which you have also applied.

Note: Please send single-sided materials only and do not use staples.

Note: Don’t forget that you must also apply directly to the pre-college summer program of your choice. Deadlines for financial aid vary by program. The Joyce Ivy Foundation cannot forward financial aid applications, so you should only send us a copy of your financial aid forms. If you are applying to Brown and/or the Harvard Pre-College (2 week) program, you do not need to apply for financial aid directly with these programs.

Step 4. You should forward the confirmation email and application link from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to your guidance counselor and ask him or her to submit the following materials using the link. If it is not possible for your counselor to submit these pieces of your application via the link, he or she may submit them via fax or email or — if none of the previous options are available — mail.

  • One (1) letter of recommendation. This may be the same recommendation letter(s) submitted with your pre-college summer program application(s) to colleges/universities. This may be from a counselor or teacher and should be approximately one-page in length, outlining your strengths as a student and community member/leader, as well as your potential as a summer program participant.
  • Official academic transcript(s) from your high school.

Note: Please send single-sided materials only and do not use staples.


All application materials must be received by March 1, 2016.