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Scholars Program

The Scholars Program is designed for students who are interested in an interdisciplinary approach to their future. Through our Scholars Program, students are granted the opportunity to fully immerse themselves in a concentration of their choosing. Each concentration has been specifically tailored to provide an extensive and multifaceted approach to a student’s chosen field. We hope to ensure that students not only prepare for their potential career, but that they are also learning the necessary skills for the increasingly complex world they are about to enter. Additionally, all of our Scholars are eligible to enter a quarterly essay competition that gives students the opportunity to win a prestigious $1,000 scholarship from Harvard Student Agencies.  

How Do I become a Scholar?

Each concentration (details below) has been specifically tailored to provide an expansive and interdisciplinary approach to a student’s chosen field of study. After completing the required set of programs, the student can apply at the form below and upload all the certificates (as proof they attended) to receive an Academies Scholar Certificate. As a Scholar, students will then have the opportunity to enter into our quarterly writing competition, a 1,000 word essay outlining their future career aspirations, which will help strengthen their writing skills, focus their career aspirations, and also be judged for a prestigious $1,000 scholarship from Harvard Student Agencies.

Qualifications

There are four different concentrations students can take to become Scholars. Listed below are the requirements for each one. If you have fulfilled these requirements, you can use the button below to apply to be a Scholar. We will require you upload proof of completion of all three academies, so please wait until after you have taken all the necessary academies to apply. 

If you have yet to fulfill these requirements but would like to, please see the Bundles section below to enroll in the appropriate academies. We welcome you to apply to be a Scholar after you have completed the necessary programs.

  • Business Concentration
    • Business Level I Academy
    • Business Level II Academy
    • Elective Academy (any other academy not yet taken)

  • Government Concentration
    • Politics Academy
    • Pre-Law Academy
    • Elective Academy (any other academy not yet taken)

  • Pre-Med Concentration
    • Pre-Med Level I Academy
    • Pre-Med Level II Academy
    • Elective Academy (any other academy not yet taken)

  • Coding Concentration
    • Coding Level I Academy
    • Coding Level II Academy
    • Elective Academy (any other academy not yet taken)

Scholars will be awarded a certificate stating they are a Scholar of The Academies by Harvard Student Agencies.

Bundles

Fulfill the concentration requirements through one of our bundles, now offered at a discounted rate.
Click on the icon for more details.

Business Concentration Bundle

BUSINESS CONCENTRATION BUNDLE

Government Concentration Bundle

GOVERNMENT CONCENTRATION BUNDLE

Pre-Med Concentration Bundle

PRE-MED CONCENTRATION BUNDLE

Pre-Med Concentration Bundle

Coding
CONCENTRATION BUNDLE

For Scholars:
Writing Competition Details

All scholars of The Academies by Harvard Student Agencies’s Scholars Program are eligible to enter our quarterly Scholars Writing Competition. The winner of the Writing Competition will receive a $1,000 scholarship from Harvard Student Agencies. We crafted the Scholars Program to be a liberal arts approach to the academies experience, so for the scholarship, we are asking Scholars to submit an essay based on the Common Application essay prompts.  For this competition, though, it is encouraged that Scholars include reflections or insights from their experience having taken three academies. All entrants into the competition will be judged by Harvard affiliates and the best essay will be awarded a $1,000 scholarship, plus a feature on our website and social media.
 

Common Application ESSAY PROMPTS

  1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story. 
  2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience? 
  3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome? 
  4. Reflect on something that someone has done for you that has made you happy or thankful in a surprising way. How has this gratitude affected or motivated you? 
  5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others. 
  6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more? 
  7. Share an essay on any topic of your choice. It can be one you've already written, one that responds to a different prompt, or one of your own design.
In order to assist our Scholars with their entries, we will be holding two Writing Workshops each quarter. The Writing Workshop is open to Scholars and prospective Scholars. It is a two hour session designed to introduce and guide students as they write their essays. The first half of the workshop will cover the processes of brainstorming, prompt selection, drafting, revising, and finishing touches — including various tips and tricks for navigating the entire journey. The latter half of the workshop will be an open office hours where students are encouraged to stay and begin work on their essays. There will be the opportunity to receive feedback and some one-on-one guidance from a Harvard undergraduate student. 

The Writing Workshop will be held at the following dates and times this quarter: 

[NEW DATE] Saturday, September 18th from 10am-12pm ET


All Scholars will receive the details to apply for the writing competition when they receive their official Scholar Certificates. In order to receive your official Scholar certificate, you must complete this form in its entirety. If you did not receive this information, please reach out to joanna.bai@hsa.net.

Deadlines:

[EXTENDED] The current writing competition has been extended and is now running from June 11th to October 1st. Scholars are eligible to submit their essays anytime during this window. Writing Competition submissions will be done via the form sent out with your official Scholars Certificate. Winners will be notified the week of October 5th.

Scholar spotlight

Annika Heieie

Annika is from Minnesota and is going to be a junior in high school the upcoming school year. In school, she loves taking math classes and being in her high school's band. She is on the tennis, speech, and robotics team at school. She also helps teach elementary school girls how to code through a Girls Who Code club. At home, she loves to program, paint, and take care of her ducks and chickens. Annika completed the Government Concentration for the Scholars Program by The Academies by Harvard Student Agencies. Annika hopes to one day have a career as a data scientist.

Annika is the Spring 2021 recipient of the Scholars Program scholarship, winning $1,000 from Harvard Student Agencies.