Requirements for recommendations:

For consideration, these criteria must be met. The recommended student must be:

  1. Currently in foster care in Ashtabula, Columbiana, Cuyahoga, Geauga, Mahoning, Portage, Summit, Stark, Trumbull or Tuscarawas counties.
  2. Currently enrolled in the 8th, 9th or 10th grade.
  3. Able and willing to participate in the four-week residential component at the university and monthly Saturday sessions.
  4. Maintaining at least a 2.3 GPA and 90% attendance in current and previous school year* (some exceptions for extenuating circumstances).
  5. Demonstrating maturity and potential to thrive in a college-prep setting.

Process for submitting recommendations:

  1. Verify that all criteria are fulfilled by the candidate.
  2. The candidate/student must complete the Student Background Form and Responses.
  3. Complete the Adult Recommendation portion of the application.
  4. Obtain student’s most recent transcript, attendance record and discipline log from current school.
  5. Submit the entire application packet electronically to the email address below (student application, adult recommendation, school records). Applications are accepted on a rolling basis:

Selection process

Acceptance will be on a rolling basis, so once a scholar’s application has been received and accepted, the new scholar will be immediately invited to begin participating in the virtual Saturday Academy. 


Email Danielle Green-Welch at

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