UMass Urban Scholars: High School Program Pre-College

Boston, MA


The Urban Scholars Program at the University of Massachusetts Boston, is a year-round program featuring advanced after-school classes, seminars, tutoring, and supervised study. Urban Scholars has a very diverse student body from both middle and high school.

The Urban Scholars Program is a year-round program structured around after-school classes and an intensive seven-week summer institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

The mission of the Urban Scholars Program is to identify and to prepare Boston’s gifted and talented urban youth (ages 11-19), especially those who are low-income individuals and first-generation college bound students, to successfully enroll in and complete college.

We provide these students with the skills and attitudes necessary to achieve their full potential through a structured sequence of after-school and summer academic courses and activities designed to build a strong repertoire of basic and higher-level skills, task commitment and self-motivation.

Our vision recognizes that the progress of society depends on developing the talent potential of its youth.

Cost and Session Information


"This program is like a job because we get paid and we gain knowledge." – Isaac Divers, Dorchester High School

Stipends are provided to Urban Scholar students so that their economic situations will not get in the way of participation. Stipends are paid monthly.

Stipends are awarded with the understanding that students will attend and actively participate in all classes and required activities, and complete all homework assignments. Failure to meet these minimal requirements will result in stipends being reduced appropriately.

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