About the Program

Summer Enrichment at Dartmouth (SEAD) has been a flagship program since 2001, creating transformative opportunities for undergraduates to engage in service, leadership, and learning while working together to achieve a powerful goal: equip high-potential youth from under-resourced communities with the skills needed to thrive in high school and succeed in the best college for them.

Starting in 2019, SEAD will partner solely with local high schools in New Hampshire and Vermont.

The Model

SEAD’s 4-year model follows a cohort of first generation and/or low-income high school students starting their sophomore year of high school up through their sophomore year of college.  This model encourages academic preparedness and personal growth in high school scholars through immersive opportunities, specifically designed academic enrichment courses, and year-round mentoring with successful college students at Dartmouth.

In greater detail, the three primary components of SEAD include:

  1. An immersive summer session in which SEAD scholars live and learn on Dartmouth’s campus for a full week of community building, dynamic courses, enrichment opportunities, and engaged mentoring;
  2. Academic year curriculum during the scholars’ Junior and Senior years of high school provided by a trained cohort of Dartmouth undergraduates.  Through after-school programming, day-long retreats and college site visits, SEAD scholars engage in weekly mentoring, academic enrichment opportunities, and targeted skills-building to prepare for college success;
  3. Ongoing college transition and persistence support through coaching, scaffolded leadership opportunities, and connecting scholars with campus resources at their respective institutions of higher education.

Dartmouth’s SEAD program offers an unparalleled opportunity for undergraduate students and first-generation and/or low-income high school students in Vermont and New Hampshire to learn together how to capitalize on their strengths and build a continuum of support for a comprehensive, high impact approach to college success.

Dartmouth Student Opportunities


SEAD Summer is a live-in educative experience for one week at the end of June that introduces SEAD Scholars to the college experience. 

Dartmouth students and staff live in the dorms as a residential team to supervise SEAD Scholars and serve as role models during all scheduled activities and down time.

Paid Summer Staff positions are open to Dartmouth students who are not taking summer courses and include lodging, meals, activities, and a monetary stipend for the duration of SEAD Summer.

We are currently hiring Residential Staff and a Student Director!  Apply here!

Academic Year (on-campus)

For Dartmouth students interested in a more sustained level of engagement with the high school scholars, In-School Mentors will work with a cohort of SEAD scholars in their respective high schools every week during the academic year.

Students in the SEAD cohort for 2019-2022 represent the following Upper Valley schools:

  • Hartford High School (Hartford, VT)
  • Rivendell Academy (Orford, NH)
  • Stevens High School (Claremont, NH)

In-school mentors from Dartmouth provide guidance through the college application process and beyond, serving as a consistent presence in the lives of the SEAD scholars and building community between themselves, their schools, and the Upper Valley.

The application to become an in-school mentor will be posted soon. Check back soon!


For any additional questions, please contact Caitlin Rosario Kelly [email protected].