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Early Success Scholars

Jumpstart your college career with the Early Success Scholars pre-college program. This free and fun residential summer bridge program is tailored to first year incoming College of Education students (Education and Kinesiology Majors) from urban districts in Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids and the surrounding areas. Apply today!

Program dates: July 9 – August 5, 2023

What will you do?

  • Get a glimpse of college life by living, learning and dining on Michigan State University’s campus for four (4) weeks.
  • Prepare for college by focusing on major and career readiness.
  • Earn college credits through undergraduate studies.
  • Earn preferred consideration for the Early Success Scholarship. 
  • Accept a paid stipend upon program completion.

Experience a Summer of Fun and Adventure

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ESS helped me prepare for my upcoming college experience by giving me not only financial resources to succeed, but it also gave me a new family and helped me understand my new college life, how to support myself and ways to enjoy my time here at MSU. ESS was accepting of me and everyone else who participated. The memories we made will last a lifetime.

Aja McAllum

2023 ESS Participant

Come as strangers, leave as family. Make new friends and take part in a variety of fun, weekly activities, some of which include:

  • Throw bowling and high-speed kart racing at High Caliber, Michigan’s #1 Indoor Action Park
  • Michigan Princess dinner cruise
  • Michigan’s Adventure
  • Spartan scavenger hunt
  • Much more!

Criteria for Application

  • Incoming first year College of Education students (Education and Kinesiology Majors)
  • The Early Success Scholars summer bridge program is committed to cultivating and increasing diversity in the field of education by recruiting students from diverse racial and ethnic backgrounds.

For more information, contact Kelley Johnson: (517)353-5138 or

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Kelley Johnson
Michigan State University
620 Farm Lane, Room 501 Erickson Hall
East Lansing, MI 48824-1034
P: (517) 353-5138 F: (517) 353-6393