Summer Enrichment Scholars Program
The Summer Enrichment Scholars Program (SESP) is created by the Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC) at the University of Vermont. The MCSC's mission is to increase the retention of students of color on campus by providing holistic support of their academic achievement, personal growth, identity formation, and cultural development.
Be part of the SESP leadership team
For current UVM students only. Be part of the SESP leadership team, earn valuable skills, work closely with the MCSC, build your community, and get paid this summer!
SESP 2018 will run from July 5, 2018 to August 4, 2018. SESP is completely free for all participants, including housing and meals. Participants must be available for the entire duration of the program in order to participate. Once you have accepted your decision to attend UVM in fall 2018, you will be able to access the application. Apply here TODAY!
Applications are due by May 8, 2018.
What is SESP?
SESP is a FREE summer bridge program offered to incoming UVM first-year students of color, first-generation college students, and students with limited income. SESP provides the opportunity for students to adjust to their new environment and address the challenges they will potentially face during their transition from high school to college. It is brought to you by The Mosaic Center for Students of Color (MCSC). Learn more.
- Earn college credit: Choose between a 3-credit Math or English college-level class.
- Build community: Live in a residence hall with other students and connect with the community here
money: Gain work experience with a campus department and
receive a stipend
back: Volunteer and connect with a local community
Vermont: Paticipate in fun outdoor activities,
and see what Vermont has to offer
- Additional opportunities to develop academic and leadership skills throughout your first year
- All of our programs and services are FREE
Who attends SESP?
SESP participants are all 1st year students, who claim identities from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds. In the past, individuals have come from as close as Burlington, Vermont, New York City, and Boston, and as far away as California, Puerto Rico, and China. They bring experiences and talents to share in their new community at UVM. You can expect your SESP experience to increase your awareness and understanding of various cultures, customs, and languages.
Why attend SESP?
- More than 90% of SESP students can identify a campus resource to assist them in dropping a course or changing their schedule
- 70% of SESP students become involved in co-curricular activities across campus
- More than 80% of SESP students believe racial
and/or ethnic diversity is important to them
Hear from past SESP participants:
It definitely prepared me for my transition to college. The experience allowed for me to be more confident about coming and starting school. I also got to meet and work with so many different people and communities and that was a very satisfying and life changing opportunity. If I had not participated in SESP, I don't think I would be where I am at this point. --SESP '16 participant
Living with my peers during SESP allowed for me to experience living with many different types of people with different identities and personalities. It prepared me for living in the actual dormitory at UVM. It's taught me to be very open minded. --SESP '16 participant
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