Edgewood Summer Scholars

Pre-College Program
July 6 – 10, 2020 (6th grade)
July 13 – 17, 2020 (7th grade)
8 a.m. - 4 p.m. daily
  • The program is open to students entering sixth grade and seventh grade in the fall of 2020. All students, including those from public schools, private schools, and home-schooled students are welcome to apply. Students who apply should be behaviorally mature and ready for an advanced, supported academic challenge.
  • Students from diverse backgrounds are strongly encouraged to apply.
  • Students applying will need to have a non-related adult complete a recommendation form for them as part of their application.
  • 60 spots are available per grade.
  • Students will attend four classes each day in the areas of Arts, Humanities, Social Science, and Natural Science.
  • Classes will be project-based.
  • Cost of the program is $400. Scholarships are available.

We know that the transition between elementary school and middle school is an important one for young people. We also know that successfully navigating that transition and building a self-image as an academically curious and successful person can impact the trajectory of a child’s future. Data suggests that participation in quality pre-college programming increases a child’s inclination toward attending college and it is our goal to encourage diversity in higher education. All these facts, coupled with Edgewood College’s commitment to community engagement and work toward building a just and compassionate world, have led us to develop Edgewood Summer Scholars.

Edgewood Summer Scholars is designed for a diverse group of students entering sixth and seventh grade in the fall of 2020, and will give them experiences that build their academic skills. Throughout each day, small groups will be led by Edgewood College students to various project-based classes taught by Edgewood College faculty. At the end of the week, there will be a student showcase and a mini graduation ceremony for family members. We are looking forward to a fabulous summer of exploration and discovery as we help build the next generation of leaders, scholars, and thinkers.

2019 Faculty

David Smith - Professor of Art

For nearly thirty years, David Smith has developed a national and international reputation in the art of wood-fired ceramics. He received his BA from Albion College and his MFA from The University of Montana. David teaches ceramics, sculpture and 3-dimensional design at Edgewood College and has taught numerous classes and workshops to students of all ages and abilities.

Matthew McCabe - Senior Adjunct Instructor

Matthew McCabe was born in Green Bay, WI. He earned a BS in economics from UW-Madison in 1994 and a PhD in history from Central Michigan University in 2008. For the last 11 years he has taught courses in American and European history at Edgewood College and Madison College. Matthew lives in the Milwaukee area with his wife and five daughters.

Allison Gorga - Assistant Professor

Allison Gorga is a professor of sociology and criminal justice. At Edgewood College, she teaches Criminology, Introduction to Sociology, Women and Crime, and Sociology of Law. Her research looks at the experiences of people who live and work in women’s prisons. In her free time, she enjoys jogging through the Arboretum and binge-watching crime documentaries on Netflix.

Donika Rakacolli - Adjunct Professor

Donika Rakacolli was born in Tirana, Albania, but her family moved to Wisconsin in 1998 and has lived here since. Her husband and her have two children and a pet snake. They like to read, listen to music, cook and hike. She earned a Bachelor of Science degree in Biology from the University of Tirana – Albania, and a PhD in Endocrinology from the University of Bologna, Italy. Donika has been teaching undergraduate students for 15 years and is looking forward to exploring some of the most fascinating organs of the human body together.

Sarah Stoehr


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