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 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 expanded across California to Stanford University, UCLA and UC Davis.
In 2016, SMASH began its expansion across the country.
2016: Morehouse College in Atlanta, Georgia
2018: The Wharton School in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania and Wayne State University in Detroit, Michigan
2019: Our first state-wide initiative, SMASH Illinois, with university partners Illinois Institute of Technology and Southern Illinois University and foundation partner, CPASS Foundation. SMASH Illinois will serve students in Chicago, Carbondale, and East St. Louis Metro Areas in Illinois.
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. Students applying to the IIT site must be an Illinois resident and reside within the Chicago, Carbondale, and East St. Louis Metro Areas. Check here to see if you are eligible.
Applicants to SMASH Morehouse must be male.