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Early Success Scholars

July 5, 2024 – August 2, 2024

Jumpstart your college career with the Early Success Scholars pre-college program. This free and fun residential summer bridge program is tailored to 1st year incoming College of Education students (Education and Kinesiology Majors) from urban districts in Lansing, Detroit, Flint, Grand Rapids, Saginaw, Muskegon, and the surrounding communities.

Application Opens: February 5, 2024

Application Closes: June 14, 2024

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
  • Bond with graduate and undergraduate mentors
  • Earn college credits through undergraduate studies
  • Earn preferred consideration for the Provost Matching 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 weekly fun activities, some of which include:

  • Spartan Scavenger Hunt
  • Formal Dinner Party
  • Lansing Lugnuts Baseball Game
  • Bowling at Zap Zone XL and 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, please contact Kelley Johnson at (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