Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

Students interested in participating in the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program are reminded they have until March 1st to submit their application. For more information and to apply, please visit


Please read the following instructions before starting your application and let us know if you have any questions.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be 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 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2017. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.
  • Summer Program Partners: Joyce Ivy works with a set of college summer program partners. Scholarships may be used at at certain summer academic programs at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Please see the supported Summer Programs section for more information on these programs. Missouri students may not use their scholarship to remain in-state at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • All components of your application must be received before it will be reviewed.
  • You must also apply directly to the summer program(s) for admission and financial aid. Make sure to identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant. Your application will not be considered complete unless proof of application to your summer program(s) and their financial aid program is received.
    • If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. 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.

Student Application

Step 1. Make sure that the summer program you are interested in attending is a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner and listed among its supported program. Scholarships are not provided for all programs at partner institutions; for example, a 1-week program is not eligible.

Step 2. Complete the Joyce Ivy application and essays online. If you are not able to complete the application online, you may submit it via email or fax:
Fax: (734) 661-0229

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 or Coalition 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 may upload screenshots if you are completing the application online.

Note: Don’t forget that you must also apply directly to the summer program(s) of your choice for admission and, in some cases, financial aid. Check with the programs for important deadlines and requirements. If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. Make sure you identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant on your summer program applications.

Step 4. Forward the confirmation email and link from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to your 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.

  • One (1) letter of recommendation. This may be the same recommendation letter(s) submitted with your summer program application(s). 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.


All application materials must be received by March 1, 2017.