Summer Academic Challenge Application 2021

Program Dates: June 24 to July 22, 2021

Summer Academic Challenge is a tuition-free four-week enrichment program for students in grades 7 to 12. With an innovative Project-Based STEAM curriculum, students explore themes in math, science, technology, art, and communication, and see how the subjects they study in school play out in the world around them. Classes are project-based and require teamwork and collaboration. In addition to time on campus, whether in the classroom, lab, outdoors, or in the library, students attend workshops on writing and oral presentation skills, and participate in field trips and special events. Students participating in the program gain confidence, expand their interests, and become better prepared to meet their long-term academic goals. Due to COVID-19, Summer Academic Challenge may be virtual (all online) or in a hybrid format (online and on-campus with proper social distancing protocols).


  • Students must be currently attending a public school.
  • Students must be from underrepresented minoritized groups, first generation college students, and/or from underrepresented socio-economic status as determined by the Federal Free or Reduced Price Lunch program.

To learn more about the program and eligibility, visit the Summer Academic Challenge website.

To fill out this application, you will need the following:

  • Parent/Guardian contact information (email and phone)
  • Reference contact information (email and phone for two or three people who would be willing to write a recommendation letter on your behalf)
  • A digital copy of your transcript (high school students) or your most recent report card (middle school students) for uploading
  • Your essay for uploading (see the essay questions at the bottom of the application)

Once you submit this application, your parent and your references will be asked to submit information as well. Student applications are due April 1, 2021. Parent Section of the Application and Reference Letters are due April 15, 2021. Both the student and parent sections must be submitted for your application to be considered complete. Incomplete applications will not be considered.

For more information contact the Access Programs Summer Academic Challenge office at 253.879.3927 or email us at

Registration is no longer available because the registration deadline has passed.