• What is the Smart Scholars Program?

    The Smart Scholars program is tailored for students who are eager to fast-track their education. By participating in this four-year program, students can earn between 24 to 60 college credits through dual enrollment at Westchester Community College. Smart Scholars is an accelerated pathway that empowers students to advance their academic careers early, setting a foundation for future success in higher education.

    Key Benefits of Smart Scholars

    College Credits: Accumulate up to 60 college credits, paving the way to a college degree faster.

    Cost Savings: There is no financial burden associated with the college credits students will earn in the Smart Scholars program. 

    Career Preparation: Participate in job shadowing and internships to gain practical skills and insights into potential careers.

    What are the Smart Scholars Career Pathways?
    Through partnerships with local business partners, students will gain hands-on experience, job shadowing and internship opportunities.

    • Performing Arts 
    • Computer Science is a dynamic and expansive field that involves the study and development of software and systems, enabling professionals to innovate and solve complex problems across various industries.
    • Computer Information Technology offers students the opportunity to gain skills and knowledge in IT fundamentals.
    • Cybersecurity is designed to offer students knowledge and understanding in protecting digital systems and data from cyber threats.

    Get to Know Our Partner

    In our Smart Scholars program, we are proud to collaborate closely with Westchester Community College (WCC), a cornerstone of higher education in our community. WCC plays a vital role in empowering our students to excel academically and pursue their career aspirations.

    We are grateful for the partnership of Westchester Community College and their commitment to supporting the academic growth and success of our Smart Scholars students. Together, we are preparing the next generation of leaders and innovators in our community.


    Who is a Successful Early College Student?

    • Our ideal candidates are students who are:
    • Motivated by personal and academic success.
    • Excited by challenges and enjoy problem-solving and project-based learning.
    • Demonstrating readiness for advanced coursework in STEM or Performing Arts.
    • Committed to actively participating in additional learning opportunities, including a Summer bridge program.
    • Welcomes the opportunity for a two-week long summer bridge program, some after-school and weekend commitment to learning and hands-on-activities.
    • Has a strong desire to graduate with an Associates degree (P-Tech) or earn 24 or more college credits (Smart Scholars).

    What is the Selection Process and When Do I Find Out?

    The Early College Committee will conduct a selection process upon receipt of all applications and after applicant interviews have been concluded. Selected students are required to attend the Summer Bridge program. Students who meet the requirements but who are not selected will be placed on a waiting list. Should a slot become available before the start of the school year, it will be offered to a student from the waitlist.

    How to Apply

    Application Requirements:

    • Current 8th-grade students passing all classes.
    • Complete the detailed application form and provide all necessary documentation. Access the Early College application here: Early College Student Application (https://forms.gle/rLtH5uRDLH5hQCaW7).
    • Obtain a recommendation from a Math or Science teacher for STEM pathways or a Performing Arts teacher for Arts pathways.
    • Participate in a student/guardian interview and attend an informational session.

    Application Timeline

    Application Deadline: May 17
    Interviews: May 20-May 31
    Acceptance Notification: June 2024

    Join Us and Shape Your Future!

    Don’t miss this incredible opportunity to leap ahead in your educational and career aspirations. For more information, please contact Dr. Melanie Roman, Director of Early College Secondary Programs, at mroman@peekskillschools.org.

    Prepare to embark on an inspiring journey that will open doors to new possibilities and lifelong success.

    Apply now and be part of Peekskill’s first cohort of P-Tech and Smart Scholars students!