Downtown Scholars Initiative

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The Downtown Scholars Initiative is a two-part program geared towards local high school students. The Pre-College Program provides students interested in attending UCF with support services to assist in application processes and connections to the campus community. The Summer Bridge Program provides accepted UCF students with a downtown residential experience, free tuition and books, peer mentoring, and service learning opportunities during their first summer term entering freshman year.

Update: Our next recruitment cycle will open in May 2024 for Evans, Jones, and Oakridge rising seniors. The application will be posted at that time.  In the meantime, click on the top right to learn more about our partnership with the Helios Education Foundation and review our FAQ’s.   

Thank you for your interest in our program!

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  1. Completed application
  2. Submission of unofficial high school transcript
  3. Minimum 3.3 State GPA (Cumulative)

*Acceptance into the Pre-College Program does not guarantee acceptance into the University of Central Florida*

Attend 4 pre-college workshops

Maintain a minimum of a 3.3 State GPA (Cumulative)

Submit an application to UCF before May 25, 2023, for early application deadline or September 15, 2023, for final application deadline.

Open communication and timely responses

  • Receive 1 on 1 help applying to UCF
  • Receive information on financial aid options
  • Participate in campus activities
  • Free Tuition/Summer Housing Experience (limited access)
  • Peer Mentoring Experience with a UCF student

Early application deadline May,25 2023

Final application deadline September, 15 2023

For more information regarding the Downtown Scholars Initiative, please contact Lorena Roedan, Assistant Director, Student Outreach Services at

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