James L. Doti, President, Chapman University
Why Colleges and Universities Partner With Simon Scholars
Through our Collegiate Partner Program, we are seeking leading colleges and universities to offer special admissions consideration and financial support to students who complete high school as Simon Scholars. For these forward-looking institutions, partnering through the program is not so much a philanthropic choice as a pragmatic one. They recognize that involvement with Simon Scholars offers them a variety of advantages:
- Candidates for admission whose academic and life-skills preparation help them stand out from their peers
- Students whose demonstrated drive and performance increase their likelihood of success in college from day one - an important factor not only in student retention but in reducing the cost (as much as $2.9 billion annually) that colleges spend on entering students who need remedial education to handle basic college work
- A means to increase socioeconomic diversity among their students
- Enhanced visibility to Simon Scholars in their college selection process
Chapman University was the first such Simon Scholars Collegiate Partner Program member.
"At Chapman, we strive to find opportunities that will expand not only the borders of our campus, but also the borders of our minds. Candidates who have completed the Simon Scholars Program warrant our special consideration and financial support because of the commitment, dedication and perseverance they have already demonstrated by being selected for and successfully completing the program as graduates."
-James L. Doti, President, Chapman University