About the Program

According to NPR, about 80% of people living in rural communities do not go to college. SEAD is on a mission to change that for high school students in the Upper Valley.

Summer Enrichment At Dartmouth (SEAD) is Dartmouth College’s educational access program, equipping high-potential youth from under-resourced communities in the Upper Valley with the skills needed to thrive in high school and succeed in the best college for them.

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

Academic Year (on-campus)

If you’re passionate about sustained engagement with first-generation, low-income (FGLI) high school students, join us as an Educational Access Advisor!

 Educational Access Advisors offer first-generation and low-income SEAD Scholars weekly mentoring, academic skills preparation, enrichment activities, and empowerment to pave the way for success in college...and have a lot of FUN along the way!

**A sample month of mentoring in this volunteer position might include one Tuesday focused purely on team-building games, one week spent working on test preparation, an evening in the pottery studio, and a session spent researching college majors.**

Beginning in September, 2019, a cohort of Advisors will meet Scholars at their high schools on Tuesday afternoons. 

The SEAD partner schools and mentoring session times are as follows: 
Hartford High School | White River Junction, VT | 3pm - 5pm

Rivendell High School | Orford, NH | 3pm - 5pm 

Stevens High School | Claremont, NH | 2:30 - 4:30

In order to ensure that Scholars are receiving consistent support, we ask that Advisors commit to their volunteer site for the school year and prioritize scheduling mentoring into their course selection and other commitments. 

That said, a student's personal D-Plan will not disqualify prospective Advisors, as long as they intend to return to the same school site when they are back on-campus.

**In addition to the mentoring sessions for each school highlighted above, Educational Access Advisors will also be expected to attend a brief weekly training session to cover the mentoring material they will be presenting to/with the SEAD scholars that week.  This will likely be an additional 45min. each week.

Midnight on Monday, August 12th.

For more information and to apply, visit

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 not currently hiring for Summer positions. To get involved with SEAD during the Academic Year, apply to be an Educational Access Advisor!”