SMASH Academy, our flagship program, is a three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program that empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at a leading universities throughout the country. During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming.
They are coached by instructors of color that represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. As they go through the program, scholars not only develop their skills and network – they also find their voice and build the confidence to become who they want to be.
Our university partners are an integral part of the SMASH Academy program. The first SMASH Academy was founded at the University of California, Berkeley in 2004. Since then, it has expanded across the Bay Area to Stanford University and UC Davis; into Southern California at UCLA; and across the country to Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia.
In 2018, SMASH sites will launch at the Wharton School of Business in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, and Wayne State in Detroit, Michigan.
Applicants must meet all the eligibility requirements listed below in order to be considered for SMASH (no exceptions).
Grade Level: Be in the 9th grade at the time of application.
Math Skills: Have strong mathematics skills appropriate for your grade level, as determined by your state standardized math test scores.
Attend a public high school or private high school via scholarship.
Location: Reside in the United States within 50 miles* of a SMASH site as determined by your zip code — check here to see if you are eligible. (*Applicants applying to SMASH Davis must reside within 75 miles.)
Applicants to SMASH Morehouse must identify as male.