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REACH Summer Seminar: How to Apply

2024 Application Now Open!

2024 application closed. 2025 application available in January.

Step 1: Eligibility

Review Essential Information

Currently applying to the Young Scholar program? All new Young Scholar applicants must have their YS application submitted no later than February 23, 2024 in order to receive notification of YS acceptance prior to the REACH application closing.

Step 2: Prepare Application Materials

Short Essays

In the online application, students will need to be prepared to answer the following short essay questions in their own words. Students are encouraged to type their responses in a saved word document prior to applying.

Essays can be copied and pasted in the text boxes within the application. There is no option to upload a document.

Short essays should be in paragraph format. Each response should be 1-2 paragraphs long. We are looking for thorough responses to learn more about the applicant, see that they can write clearly, and share their readiness for the challenge of REACH.

REACH places a strong focus and emphasis on academic challenge and are seeking to accept Young Scholar students who are eager to join our education-based community and seminar courses.

  1. Why do you want to attend REACH and which seminar are you most interested in? Please share a little about yourself and why you chose to apply to REACH and your first-choice seminar. What do you hope to gain from the experience?

  2. Please describe why you are ready for an academically challenging six-day residential summer program which includes living with roommates, three hours of classroom instruction, and up to one hour of homework each day.

  3. Tell us about a time that you experienced a social or emotional challenge. How did you overcome this challenge and how do you think having this experience will benefit you during your time at REACH.

Step 3: Submit the Application

Complete Online Application


REACH is at capacity - apply today to join the waitlist

The application system is called CampInTouch. If your student has attended a Davidson Summer Program or the Young Scholar Summit since 2019, you already have an account. Please reset your password if needed, and do NOT create a new account.

The online application includes the following sections:

  • Initial account setup or login
  • Household information
  • Student information
  • Parent responses
  • Seminar selection
  • Student essay responses
  • Acknowledgements and agreements

Step 4: Review Process

Completed Applications

Applications are ordered for first-come, first-served by their completion date (the day all items have been received/completed).

The review committee evaluates applications on an individual basis to determine in the applicant is qualified.

Decision Notifications

Decision notifications will be sent via email within two weeks of the application being completed. Once admitted into the program, additional information regarding next steps will be emailed to the student and parents.

REACH Summer Seminar does not discriminate based on race, gender, religion, ethnicity, or disability. REACH strongly recommends keeping a copy of your application materials for your records, as all applications and uploaded documents become property of the Davidson REACH Summer Seminar and will not be returned.

Questions? Contact us at or call (775) 852-3483