Each year, Summerfuel is dedicated to making the summer of a lifetime possible for an accomplished and diverse group of students through our Summerfuel Scholars program. Partial-tuition scholarships are awarded to motivated students from across the United States, providing exciting opportunities to learn and grow. From classes and excursions to experiencing college-life and meeting friends from around the world, there are so many things to gain from a Summerfuel program. A recent Summerfuel Scholar who attended the Pre-College program at Tufts University had some great things to share with us about her summer experience:
While my classes were informative as well as enjoyable, the best part of my whole experience was the friends I made. Even though I spent only two weeks at Tufts, I formed friendships that I believe will last a very long time. I cannot express my happiness enough because the friends I made during the summer mean so much to me now. I now have friends from France, Turkey, Italy, Brazil, Puerto Rico, Egypt, Lebanon, and Spain, as well as a few more friends from America. I learned about their different cultures, including what music was popular and what foods were the best to eat, and I bonded over similar experiences we had, even though we come from different parts of the world. When we had to say good-bye, we were all filled with sadness because we did not want to leave each other and we feared we would never see each other again. However, I still talk to the friends I made, and through social media, I am able to keep in contact with my international friends.
Being a part of Summerfuel allowed me to further my knowledge in medical research and genetics. It also allowed me to form some unbreakable friendships. Summerfuel gave me experiences and friends I would have never made anywhere else, and it also gave me a sneak peek into what my life as a college student would be like. All I can say is that if I had the opportunity to do it again, I would. This past summer was probably one of the best summers of my life because of the friends I made at Summerfuel. I will never forget my experience.
-Clare Taylor-Winters, Pre-College Tufts University, 2018