The Hastings College Scholars Academy (HCSA) is a premier one-week summer program for gifted and talented students who have just completed sixth, seventh and eighth grade. This year's HCSA is Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29, 2018.
The Hastings College Scholars Academy is a great place for scholars to come together, make new friends among their intellectual peers and experience small academic classes designed to provide challenging and enriching opportunities in history, robotics and science.
Staffed by highly regarded professors from Hastings College, the residential program combines classroom learning with a variety of social and cultural events. This is our 32nd year of providing a high-quality experience for gifted and talented students!
During their stay, scholars get a preview of college life. They stay in campus residence halls under the supervision of HCSA directors and eight college students who serve as their resident advisors and social group leaders. Leaders, professors and students eat all meals together in the Hastings College cafeteria. There are several food choices for each meal, and we work to accommodate any special dietary needs. A registered nurse is also on-call for students’ health needs.
Former participants give the Scholars Academy rave reviews!
- "I met so many new friends!"
- "I wish it were two weeks."
- "Awesome teachers."
- "It’s the best camp in the world."
- "The field trips were a blast."
- "I really learned a lot, wish I could come back next year."
2018 Scholars Academy
The 2018 Academy is scheduled for Sunday, June 24 to Friday, June 29, 2018.
Current students who have just completed sixth, seventh and eighth grade who have proven ability in communications, language arts or science are eligible to apply.
To participate, scholars must meet ONE of the following criteria:
- Participation in a gifted program at school, or
- Score at the 95th percentile or above in at least one area on a standardized achievement test such as the Iowa Test of Basic Skills, ACT, SAT, CAT or CTBS, or
- One letter of nomination from school official.
Below are the classes being offered in 2018. Click a title to expand and view details about the section.
Click below for our opening/closing day schedules and to get an idea of a typical day in the life of an HCSA participant. For directions to campus, go to hastings.edu/maps.
Registration will remain open until the program reaches capacity, but we encourage the schedule below to guarantee your scholar a place. Registration is complete when the registration form and full payment or a $100 deposit are received.
We still have spots open for the History class: "Medieval Russia: Rise of the Tsars!". However, all other classes are at capacity.
Note: Returning scholars do not need to complete eligibility requirements in the registration form.
Registration Deadline for 2018
- May 14 or until classes are full
All Applications Due, with total fee ($550)
Apply and submit your deposit by May 14. The total registration fee of $550 is due by May 26 for this year's Academy.
The program fee includes tuition, room, board, activities and professional staff and educators. An optional outing to Trapped Downtown, an escape room experience, is an additional $20.
If you have a student on the free or reduced lunch plan, we have scholarships to help offset the cost. Just let us know when you submit the application.
All questions for the Hastings College Scholars Academy should be directed to:
Dr. Constance Malloy, HCSA Director
Department of Languages and Literatures
710 N. Turner Avenue
Hastings, NE 68901
Checkout our Facebook page to stay up to date with HCSA and view photos and activities from previous years.
Constance Malloy, Ph.D. (director), Professor of English at Hastings College. She has taught or directed at HCSA for 15 years.
Tessie Boudreau, M.A. (co-director), Literacy Facilitator for Papillion-LaVista Schools. She has served as an Assistant Director and RA for HCSA for 21 years.