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Summer Link to College


In April 1998, the VIP Program received a three-year grant from The Coca-Cola Foundation's "Keeping Kids in School" Program. This allowed VIP to expand its efforts at Denver West High School. Summer Link to College was developed as a week-long summer residential program for rising high school juniors as an introduction to college life and university courses, as well as community and cultural experiences. The students attend classes designed for them taught by University professors, motivational workshops and education and cultural field trips during their stay in the residence halls a DU.

Today, participants are from our partner schools (and schools in relationship with VIP). They are selected through an application process which includes an essay, teacher recommendation, and school transcript. Summer Link continues as one of VIP's most popular programs. This year, Summer Link has expanded to 80 students from our partner schools. The wide diversity of students enhanced the experience for everyone and provided opportunities to form friendships beyond the school boundaries.

Summer Link application Process 

Summer Link to College will accept up to 10 current sophomores from each of our partner schools to spend five days on the beautiful University of Denver (DU) Campus and give them a “taste of college life.” Summer Link is an introduction to college life featuring classes with University of Denver professors and cultural activities.

Students will experience

  • Intensive academic classes taught by DU professors
  • Workshops in leadership, financial aid, time management, study skills, and how to prepare for college and your future
  • Cultural field trips
  • Residence hall living and meals
  • Interaction with DU/VIP student leaders coordinating the Summer Link to College program  

 Who should apply?

Summer Link to College is designed for students who have academic interest and potential.  It is designed to support and develop students who plan to attend college, as well as those who may think college is not available to them.

How to apply

This program is only available to current students from our partner VIP schools:

  • Abraham Lincoln High School 
  • Denver Center for International Studies
  • Denver School of Science & Technology: Green Valley Ranch
  • Denver School of Science and Technology: Stapleton
  • East High School
  • Hinkley High School
  • Pinnacle Charter School
  • South High School
  • West Leadership Academy

Students will need to submit a Summer Link to College application as well as letters of recommendation to apply.  

There will be a program fee payment of $50.00 that must be made after being accepted into the program. There is no additional cost for participating in the Summer Link program. Payment information and forms will be sent in June.


2016 Application Process Now Closed

Unfortunately, the Summer Link 2016 is now over, but make sure to check back with us for the Summer Link 2017! The deadline will be on the first week of April 2017.

We look forward to another great Summer Link to College!!



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