The John P. Chesick Scholars program is a four-year academic leadership and mentoring program for Haverford students from backgrounds that are under-represented in academia. Typically, Chesick Scholars are either first-generation college students or students from low-income backgrounds (FGLI).
Through this program, fifteen Haverford College students each year are offered a unique opportunity to explore intellectual life, pursue research projects, and develop intensive one-on-one relationships with faculty mentors within a supportive community of scholars.
The Chesick Scholars Program begins during the summer before a student's first year at Haverford with participation in a residential program called the Chesick Summer Institute. The Summer Institute offers credit-bearing college courses that are designed to hone the skills and cultivate strategies necessary to flourish in Haverford’s rigorous college environment.
Being a Chesick Scholar also includes benefits during the academic year, and is a long-term commitment for both the College and the student. During the Summer Institute, Chesick Scholars are matched with the faculty mentors with whom they will continue to meet regularly over their four years at Haverford. Chesick Scholars are also expected to continue to attend academic and social programming focused on navigating the college environment and preparing for career success.
Students selected to be Chesick Scholars can have interests in any of the three divisions of the College: social science, humanities, or natural science.
“We worked through each step of the process for both classes and labs,” Hanidu said. “This included revisiting the learning objectives and discussing ways we could revise the syllabus and class structure to make it more flexible and equitable."
About John Chesick
The program is named in honor of John Chesick, Professor of Chemistry from 1962–1999. John is remembered as a mentor who consistently stressed the importance of foundational precepts as the basis for academic and scholarly success.
There is also a research internship fund in the Chemistry Department named for Professor Chesick.
Read John Chesick's article "A Global Experiment: CFC's and the Ozone Crisis" from the Winter 1992 issue of Haverford magazine.