Senior Scholars Program

What is the Senior Scholars Program?

The Senior Scholars Program is a yearlong, three-part engagement with our community. The program begins with a virtual introduction to campus that is open to all Senior Scholars applicants. Students who are admitted to Reed will then meet campus leaders and faculty during the second part of the program and receive a partially- or fully-funded travel voucher to visit Reed’s 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 and faculty.

Senior Scholar applicants who are admitted to Reed will: 

  • Meet with 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.
  • Visit campus during a Reed Admit Day.

“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.” KENNY '24 

When is the Senior Scholars Program?

The Senior Scholars Program takes place over the course of the academic year. The first portion of Senior Scholars is in October and November.

To participate in the second part (in February) and the travel portion (in March or April), students must have been admitted to Reed through Early Action or Early Decision.

How do I apply?

Eligible students must be on track to graduate in the spring of 2023 and either reside or attend high school in the United States.

To be considered for the full program, a student must apply Early Action or Early Decision to Reed and submit a Senior Scholars interest form by October 15.

Submit your Senior Scholars Interest form

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 nominate your qualified students. The Senior Scholars Program serves high school seniors (class of 2023) who live or go to school in the U.S.

Nominate a student for senior scholars


Please contact Tessa Verbal, Senior Scholars Program Coordinator and Assistant to the Vice President and Dean of Admission & Financial Aid, at  for any questions you may have.