Summer Seminoles Program

Summer Seminoles!

CARE is excited to launch a new initiative to support college readiness for students from across the State of Florida. The initiative focuses on high school seniors for the 2023-2024 academic year.

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What is Summer Seminoles Program?

The Summer Seminoles Program is a one-week, immersive, residential college-readiness program for rising high school seniors from across the state of Florida. Through the Summer Seminoles Program experience, students will be able to:

  • Connect with faculty, staff and current students within the Florida State community to gain insight into the college experience
  • Receive guidance and feedback on college application materials such as personal statements, resumes, etc.
  • Build relationships with other like minded students from across the state of Florida

Standard Eligibility 

Summer Seminoles is open to all rising high school seniors who reside in the state of Florida with US citizenship or permanent resident status. Additional eligibility considerations include on-track to meet academic course requirements for University admission.

Character Eligibility 

 Students attending the Summer Seminoles Program should have the desire to attend and graduate from a 4 year institution, be mature and responsible, and be committed to learning and engaging in the program.

Application

Students can apply to the Summer Seminole Program via online application. The application does require supplemental materials to include: School Counselor or Pre-College Program (Upward Bound, Talent Search, Take Stock, etc.)  Recommendation Form, 200-word Essay and Unofficial Transcript. Apply Today!

Priority Consideration 

Priority consideration will be given to students from under-resourced communities in Florida, historically underrepresented identities in higher education or meet eligibility for admission into CARE's collegiate program.
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Program Dates

The one week institutes are from Sunday (move-in) to Saturday (move-out). The 2023 dates are June 18 to June 24 and June 25 to July 1.  The general content is the same each week, however some programming may highlight a specific underrepresented groups experience in education.
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Program Costs

There is no fee to attend the Summer Seminoles Program. Scholars will have meals (1 on Sunday/ Saturday and  3 per day Monday to Friday) and housing costs covered. Families are responsible for transportation to/ from Tallahassee for their scholars. Scholars will also receive any necessary materials for program.
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Summer Seminoles Components

Summer Program. The week-long institute(s) will include a series of workshops, experiences and engagement opportunities to support development of college-going knowledge and college readiness. Each institute week begins with move-in and opening session on Sunday and concludes with move-out and closing breakfast on Saturday. Specifically scholars will experience the following: 

  • College preparatory and readiness workshops facilitated by FSU Faculty and Staff
  • Exposure to college life and FSU's campus through living in a residence hall, eating in dining halls, tours of academic building and student life facilities, engaging with student organizations, and connecting with campus resources.
  • Social engagement opportunities facilitated by current college called Summer Seminole Mentors, who will guide students throughout the program
  • Parent and family engagement to share information for navigating the college-going process as an advocate

Academic Year. Academic year engagement is designed to be complementary to the summer program. As a result of participating in the Summer Seminoles, scholars will be expected to co-present a workshop to peers at their high school or community to share information they learned. 

Additionally, optional workshops will be offered. Each quarter, scholars and their families will be invited to a workshop or experience that focuses on the following:

  • College application processes
  • College Affordability 
  • Navigating the transition to college

Other Summer Seminoles Information

Capacity for Summer Seminoles in limited to 30 scholars for each institute which allows us to serve a total of 60 students. Students should submit a quality application for best consideration. For more information, please contact Adarius Simpkins, Student Engagement Specialist for Student Networks at asimpkins@fsu.edu

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