The River Hawk Scholars Academy First to Launch Summer Program provides incoming first-year, first-generation students at UMass Lowell with a six-week experience that will enable them to transition to college in a supportive environment and empower them to achieve success.

First to Launch Scholarships will cover either the tuition cost of one 3-credit summer course taken through the Launch! College-Specific Program up to the cost of $675 or a $350 scholarship to be applied towards your fall tuition bill. Students who complete this application form are applying for both a spot in the First to Launch Program and a First to Launch Scholarship.

Students who receive a First to Launch Scholarship will agree to the following activities to occur July 5-August 15, 2023.

  • Participate in the full First to Launch Summer Program, which includes:
    • Six weekly Tuesday 20-minute check-in meetings with an assigned peer mentor scheduled at your mutual convenience 
    • Six weekly First to Launch Friday workshops 10:30 a.m. - 1:30 p.m. on campus (July 7, 14, 21, 28 and August 4 and 11)

If you want to continue with your application, complete the form below.

Are you considering taking a summer course as part of your First to Launch experience?
Check the appropriate box to indicate your response to the following statement:

I have the time to commit to this program in full and will be able to attend the necessary components (whether or not any of them are virtual or in person)
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