Senior Scholars Program

What is the Senior Scholars Program?

The Senior Scholars Program is a yearlong engagement with our community. The program begins with a virtual introduction to campus that is open to all Senior Scholars applicants. During the virtual program, applicants will meet campus leaders and faculty and hear directly from current students about life in Portland. Senior Scholars who are admitted to Reed will receive financial support to visit campus in the spring.

Senior Scholars is designed to answer the unique questions posed by underrepresented students and students of color. High-achieving high school seniors will learn about life at Reed and create lasting connections with current students, faculty, and other future Reedies. All students are welcome to apply.

Senior Scholars applicants will:

  • Meet with Reed President Audrey Bilger.
  • Connect with Milyon Trulove, Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, and Karnell McConnell-Black, Vice President for Student Life.
  • Join faculty members for a Q&A about their conference-style classes and what it’s like to learn at Reed.
  • Hear from current students about their experiences inside and outside of the classroom.

Seniors Scholars changed my perspective on college. Getting to experience campus during the school year gave me a more intimate look at Reed that I couldn’t get just by touring. I had the chance to see what community looks like here and to visit cool places off campus. Senior Scholars removed the mystifying aura around college and gave me the opportunity to see myself at Reed.

When is the Senior Scholars Program?

Applications for the most recent Senior Scholars Program were due on November 1, 2023.

Senior Scholars takes place over the course of the 2023–24 academic year. The first portion of Senior Scholars is in November and December. To participate in the travel portion in March or April, Senior Scholars must have been admitted to Reed College through Early Action or Early Decision.

How do I apply?

We don’t currently have an open application available for Senior Scholars. Please fill out this interest form to be notified about future programming.

Express Your Interest in Future Programming

How do I share this opportunity with students? 

If you are a high school counselor or a member of a community-based organization, we invite you to sign up for our mailing list. When the Senior Scholars Program reopens in summer 2024, we will reach out and invite you to nominate your qualified students.


Please contact  with any questions you may have. The Senior Scholars Program is overseen by Tessa Verbal, Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, and Madeline Reese, Assistant Dean of Admission.