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UT Project GRAD Summer Institute Dates & Requirements

Graduation Really Achieves Dreams! (GRAD)


Session 1: June 2-7, 2019

Session 2:  June 9-14, 2019

One hundred twenty-five students from Austin East and Fulton High Schools (Knoxville, TN) will participate in a one-week, residential pre-college enrichment experience.  Approximately 60-65 students will attend each week, June 2-7 and June 9-14, 2019. Participants will reside on campus at UTK with food services provided by UT Dining.

UTK-Project GRAD Summer Institute Orientation

Austin-East High School – April 15, 2019, 5:00pm
Fulton High School – April 18, 2019, 5:00pm
Pellissippi State Community College (Magnolia Campus) – April 23, 2019, 5:00pm

The academic enrichment experience includes three core courses each morning, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. including College Research Skills, Math, and English. Afternoons will include participation in one of seven “academic tracks” ranging from Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics (STEM) to Sport and Recreation Management from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.

Students participate in on-campus (T-RECS) and off-campus recreational/social programs each week.  Each Friday, Summer Institute Scholars participate in community service projects throughout the Knoxville area.  They volunteer with local community agencies such as Knoxville ReAnimation Coalition (Odd Fellows Cemetery), Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and the Wesley House.

A closing/graduation ceremony is presented for each group on Friday, June 7 and Friday, June 14.  Scholars receive a certificate and a $150 stipend from Project GRAD Knoxville for completing the UT Summer Institute. Upon completing both the Pellissippi and UT Summer Institutes and graduating on-time from Austin-East or Fulton with a minimum 2.5 high school GPA, students are eligible to receive a $4,000 scholarship from Project GRAD Knoxville.

**2020 Dates are May 31 – June 5; and June 7 – June 12.​