Phoenix Scholars Program

What is the Phoenix Program?

Phoenix is a comprehensive, four-year program for first generation and/or low income students.

What is the mission of the Phoenix Program?

The Phoenix program works with various community members in the Goucher community towards the academic success of our students through:

  • Discussions on academic expectations and realities before the beginning of the regular school year
  • Personalized overview of the campus, its resources, and its support opportunities
  • Facilitation of networking and mentoring relationships with peers, professors, and administrators
  • Fostering community ties and relationships

Phoenix Prospective Students: Pre-orientation Program

The Phoenix pre-orientation program is a six-day program designed to help first generation and low-income students adjust to both the academic and social aspects of attending a residential liberal-arts campus. Phoenix first year students arrive on campus a week before the start of the orientation, and during the pre-orientation:

  • Enroll in three day mini non-credit courses taught by Goucher faculty
  • Enroll in two session on “Writing and Bound” designed to be an introduction to college writing and preparation
  • Enroll in two session on “Research Methods” designed to introduce students to the research methods and resources in the library
  • Attend various workshops and information sessions
  • Attend events intended to familiarize themselves with campus

Phoenix includes, but is not limited to:

  • A six-day pre-orientation program for incoming first-year students
  • Mentorship
  • Monthly lunches
  • Monthly educational workshops
  • Academic and research
  • Career and networking
  • Fellowships and internships
  • Yearly retreat
  • Yearly mini-conference  
  • End of the year reception

Phoenix Interns

The interns provide support and mentorship throughout the pre-orientation program and throughout the academic year. The Interns are expected to main contact throughout the academic year and are responsible for hosting a minimum of one program per semester for both the participating class and other first-generation and/or low-income students in the Goucher community.

Frequently Asked Questions

Is Phoenix Scholars Program a residential program?

All students who are selected to participate will move directly into their assigned residential room a week before the rest of the first year class moves in. For commuter students: You will be provided temporary on campus housing for the duration of the program until the end of first year orientation.

How do I apply to participate in the program?

An electronic application will be made available to students who meet the minimum requirements of being a first generation college students and/or a low-income student by mid-June 2017.

Do our family and friends stay with us for the duration of the program?


On move-in day, Sunday, August 13, 2017, you will be expected to arrive on campus between noon and 5 p.m. The first official event of the program will begin at 5:30 p.m., an opening dinner for scholars, family, and friends. After the dinner, we ask that family and friends depart as the scholars will be begin their first session at 7 p.m.

Is there cost associated with the program?

All activities, meals, and housing throughout the program are free. You will not be expected to pay or provide payment for the program.

What is the schedule for the program?

The pre-orientation programs take place from Sunday, August 13, to Friday, August 18, 2017. Throughout the program, you have a variety of activities plan including but not limited to taking three academic course, and on campus and off-campus events. If accepted, you will receive a detailed schedule and along with more information about your Phoenix intern.