Catalytic Giving

Residential Summer Programs at SUNY

We’ve learned from our own Heckscher Scholars, mentees, and students in grantee organizations that visiting and staying on a college campus offers an unparalleled experience. In 2018, we conceived of a SUNY Summer Residential Program for 24 low-income, first-generation New York City high school students aimed at improving the likelihood of their college matriculation and success. We continue to support this pilot at two campuses: Project Achieve at the University at Albany and Learning U at SUNY Potsdam. Selected in partnership with the SUNY Impact Foundation, each campus offers a three-week summer residential program that includes a transition to college course, an experiential credit-bearing course, career exploration, and social and recreational activities. Following the summer program, each campus tracks college application and enrollment behavior, and facilitates the application process for those participants who choose to apply to their respective campuses.