This Chesick Scholars Program provides a welcoming community and a suite of workshops, seminars and experiences that have been especially designed for first-generation college students and/or students who come from low-income (FLI) backgrounds.
The staff of the Chesick Scholars Program, together with faculty and Chesick Student Leaders, run a variety of programs, which include: workshops over the summer (First In), Summer Reading Groups, a Pre-Customs residential experience (Horizons), expanded faculty mentoring, and monthly gatherings during the academic year including First-Year Seminars.
The focus of these activities is to provide practical guidance for students to achieve their personal, academic and professional goals, as part of a supportive community of fellow students, staff and faculty. Participation as a Chesick Scholar is by invitation only, and Scholars can pick and choose to commit to any (or all) the program offerings. More details for each component of the Chesick Scholars Program can be found on this site.
The Chesick Scholars Program was originally funded in 2012 by a pilot grant from the San Francisco Foundation, and is currently supported by generous donations and grant recommendations made by alumni, parents, and friends of the College.
With support from the KINSC, the new program launched by Chesick Scholars Liz Mari' 23, Finley Medina '23, and Tien Vu '23 provides structured peer mentorship to first-years who are from first-generation, low-income (FGLI) backgrounds or other minoritized communities.