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    Calvin University College Access Programs:  Entrada Scholars Program

    Calvin University College Access Programs: Entrada Scholars Program


    • Listing Type: Summer Programs
    • Program Delivery: Residential
    • Provided By: College
    • Session Start: June
    • Session Length: Four Weeks
    • Entering Grade: 11th, 12th
    • Category: Academic
    • Selective: No
    • Minimum Cost: $500 - $1,499
    • Credit Awarded: No
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    The Entrada Scholars Program at Calvin University offers racial and ethnic minority high school students a gateway to the future: the opportunity to experience college learning and living while earning college credit.

    United States racial and ethnic minority students (African, Hispanic, Asian, or Native American) who are currently enrolled in either their junior or senior year of high school (grades 11 and 12) may apply for the Entrada Scholars Program.

    Criteria for Juniors:

    •  U.S. citizenship or U.S. legal permanent residency 
    • A high school grade point average of 2.5 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Enrolled in a college preparatory track in high school

    Criteria for Seniors:

    • U.S. citizenship or legal permanent residency
    • A high school grade point average of 3.0 or higher (on a 4.0 scale)
    • Admitted to Calvin University as a student for the Fall semester

    *Students enrolling in the Entrada Scholars Program after their senior year of high school must also be enrolled to attend Calvin University in the coming fall.

    Entrada scholars take a 3 or 4 credit hour course along with Calvin University students. The scholars are expected to meet the same course requirements as the Calvin students. This credit is transferable to most colleges. For scholars who come to Calvin, the credit and the grade value become part of their Calvin academic record. For scholars who do not come to Calvin, the Calvin registrar's office can assist with transferring the earned credit to their school of choice.

    Scholars are assigned an academic coach: a trained teacher who attends classes alongside them in the morning and leads a study period (academic coaching session) with the scholars following the class. Academic coaches model and teach scholars how to be successful in both their specific course and in college. Entrada scholars often do as well as, or better than, the Calvin students in their courses.

    Entrada scholars come from all over the United States and are enriched through their interactions with one another as well as the Calvin students in their classes. Scholars also benefit tremendously from the activities and events held outside of class time. Scholars go shopping and to the movies; they play laser tag and sand volleyball, and lead service-learning activities in the local community. Worship services at local churches, Bible studies, and daily devotions give scholars the opportunity to grow in their walk with God. Scholars are free to use campus facilities, eg. gymnasium, pool, computer labs, library, music studios, etc. The four weeks of work, worship, and play during Entrada give scholars the opportunity to build and maintain a sense of true community and lifelong friendships.