Harvard Summer School

UPDATE: Applications are now closed. Thank you very much to everyone who applied, and we will get in touch with you soon!

Who Cares? Scotland is committed to supporting Care Experienced people’s educational aspirations. To help achieve this aim, we’re offering two Harvard Summer School scholarships to members aged 16-18.

We believe all people should be able to achieve their educational goals regardless of the barriers they may face. Care Experienced people can encounter systematic challenges, including the tides of poverty and frequent placement moves between schools.

We want to offset these difficulties by providing a Care Experienced person with a first-rate educational opportunity at a world-renowned university.

The programme runs from Saturday 18 June to Saturday 6 August 2022 and takes place at the Harvard University campus in Cambridge, Massachusetts, USA. This is a fully immersive, seven-week university experience with rigorous academic requirements. Participants will live on campus with other students from around the world, study two university-level courses and take part in campus life.

To find out more about the programme and the courses available, check out the links below:

Can I apply to attend Harvard Summer School?

You are eligible if you are:

  • Currently attending school or college.
  • Aged 16-18: the age restriction is set by Harvard University, not Who Cares? Scotland. You must be at least 16 years old by 1st December 2021 and not turn 19 before 31st July 2022.
  • Willing to be an ambassador for Who Cares? Scotland, through writing blogs and speaking publicly about your experience.
  • In possession of a valid, in-date passport and able to travel to the USA unaccompanied.
  • Have lived experience of the care system. This could include foster care; secure care; kinship care; living at home and has a social worker; living in a residential unit or school; living with adoptive parents.
  • A Who Cares? Scotland Family Member. If you are not already a member, sign up here.

What will I gain?

  • Valuable academic experience studying at a world-class university.
  • Confidence to live independently and build friendships with people from all over the world.
  • The chance to share your experiences and inspire positive change for Care Experienced people.

How can I apply?

Links to download the poster, application form and supporting information sheet can be found below. We encourage everyone to share these far and wide!

The deadline for applications is Friday 7th January 2022

If you have any questions, please do not hesitate to contact Rebecca Kayne by email: harvard@whocaresscotland.org or phone: 0141 226 4441.

With thanks to Scottish Local Authorities, funding partners and donors who make our work possible.