EAGLE Scholars is a collaborative college-readiness summer program coordinated by SMU's Annette Caldwell Simmons School of Education and Human Development in partnership with the Vickery Meadow Youth Development Foundation. The tuition-free program is designed to encourage, support, and realize the potential of first-generation college students. The academic, leadership, and enrichment activities geared to high-achieving students are taught by college interns. Each summer, approximately 30 rising 7th graders are nominated from Sam Tasby Middle School to join the program. Students previously selected to attend the program remain as middle or high school Eagle Scholars until they graduate and enter college.
The students participate in fine arts and sports at the Meadows Museum and Dedman Sports Center on SMU's campus. In addition to the in-class activities and field trips throughout the city, the EAGLE Scholars receive the benefit of weekly, face-to-face sessions with community leaders focusing on the importance of completing high school and college, one of the cornerstones of the EAGLE Scholars Program.
EAGLE Scholars Creed
Where we come from makes us unique.
We have the potential to climb any peak.
Everyday life presents a new opportunity.
Inspiration is the key to finding our own individuality.
Perseverance is a skill that we possess.
We are designed for greatness; we expect nothing less.
We realized our potential, pushed with perseverance, became inspired;
And now we're ready to lead with our hearts on fire!