Summer Quest 


Summer Quest is a unique program that connects students in grades 9-11 to pre-established summer educational or leadership programs around the country. Students spend one to eight weeks on a college or elite college-prep high school campus, arts institution or outdoor leadership program. Summer Quest and its summer program partners provide partial scholarships, which often cover 80-90% of the program costs. All students must apply for financial aid. The primary scholarship beneficiaries are students who qualify for free or reduced lunch.


  • Provide intensive summer study opportunities for students
  • Expose students to the rigors of college
  • Provide students an opportunity to experience campus life
  • Increase awareness of postsecondary options

Program Benefits

  • Improve academic achievement
  • Reinforce the importance of good study habits
  • Increase the number of students enrolling in a college or university


The Summer Quest experience enhances students both academically and socially and encourages them to aspire to meaningful postsecondary endeavors.


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Contact information

Summer Quest
125 South Clark Street
12th Floor
Chicago, Illinois 60603
Phone: (773) 553-3540
Fax: (773) 553-2148