Emerging Scholars Program



June 24-July 30th

9:00 a.m.-3:30 p.m.


Preferred Age Range/Grade:

Students who have been fully accepted as first-year students


Program Capacity:

50 students


Total Cost of Program:


Welcome to the Dillard University Emerging Scholars Summer Academy (ESSA). This residential summer program is designed to provide an academically stimulating and culturally motivating experience. The goal of the ESSA is to increase the number of students who successfully matriculate through the undergraduate curriculum by enhancing their reading, writing, mathematical, and critical thinking skills, while heightening their cultural and social readiness. The restructured program not only provides academic support during the five (5) week summer experience, but provides tutoring, academic counseling and mentoring throughout the freshman year and beyond.


The ESSA is designed to provide students who do not meet the minimal standardized test score with stimulating academic, social, and cultural experiences to aid in their transition to the Dillard family.
Program Goal: Provide opportunities for students to strengthen their academic skills in the areas of critical thinking, English and Mathematics by:


1. Incorporating programming to improve student academic preparedness through the development of academic success skills


2. Providing programs that assist students in their transition to Dillard University and college life through the development of critical relationships with faculty, staff and peers, as well as through the introduction of a holistic approach to the demands of college life


3. Creating a summer experience that is supportive and stimulating academically, socially, and culturally  


Admission Requirements:


1. Acceptance to Dillard University


2. Students who require at least one developmental course prior to enrolling in the fall


3. Completed application 


4. Payment of $125 program fee

For more information, contact:
Dr. Angelia Lomax
Phone: 504-816-4520
Office: 101 PSB, Dillard University
Email: emergingscholars@dillard.edu

A math textbook and a calculator will be provided.



A rigorous academic program, focusing on communications and quantitative skill building with additional sessions on:


1. Learning Strategies  


2. Critical Thinking and Analysis


3. Leadership Development


4. Professional Mentoring

Co-curricular Activities include:


1. Financial Literacy Seminars


2. Cultural Activities


3. Career Exploration


Program Organization


1. Incorporation of leadership development strategies


2. Enrollment in two academic courses which once successfully completed will qualify students to enroll in their first level Math and/or English courses


3. Participation in specialized workshops and training focused on academic success strategies (time management, study skills, money management, etc.) and transition topics (personal management, relationships, etc.) to support their transition into college


4. Exploration of academic majors and careers


In addition to lecture examinations, quizzes and rubrics designed to evaluate specific assignments, standardized examinations will be used as pre and post program assessments.




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