Give the "Educational Experience of a Lifetime"

Your generous donation will help keep this life-changing opportunity open to tomorrow’s leaders from all family backgrounds. 

Where Your Donation Goes​

Unlike most colleges, our admissions process is completely need-blind. We admit applicants who will benefit from an intense immersion in collaborative science research.

They need SSP.

Providing that experience costs approximately $8,000 each. These brilliant, hard-working young people are worth the investment! Some parents can afford to make it. But many cannot, especially with college looming.

Your Annual Fund donation allows us to keep SSP affordable for all. We guarantee to meet the demonstrated need of every admitted applicant with generous financial aid grants. Every summer, those from low income families pay only what they can afford. In 2022, 67 deserving participants received financial aid. Net of financial aid, program fees cover only about half of our budget.

SSP needs you to help bridge that gap.
"My family could never have afforded this program. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every deserving teenager should experience. SSP changed my life irrevocably. So it would cause pain to my heart to see a student, who is qualified in every way, not attend because of the cost. That's why I will donate. And why you should do the same." – a participant
"Thank you so much for the generous scholarship for my daughter! She’s thrilled and actually lacking the words to express how shocked and grateful she is for this help! So am I." – a parent​
"I donate to SSP for several reasons. First, I attended SSP on full financial aid. Very few summer programs offer full aid. And the impact SSP had on my life was just as great, if not greater, than my four undergraduate years. I know that without SSP, I would not have gone to MIT, or be where I am now. I want to help others get that impact.

"And, I donate to SSP because of its small size. It’s very clear where and how the money is being used. Even my modest donation will matter.” – YJ Cha '09
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"My family could never have afforded this program. It was truly a once-in-a-lifetime experience that every deserving teenager should experience. SSP changed my life irrevocably. So it would cause pain to my heart to see a student, who is qualified in every way, not attend because of the cost. That's why I will donate. And why you should do the same."
a participant
"I donate to SSP for several reasons. First, I attended SSP on full financial aid. Very few summer programs offer full aid. And the impact SSP had on my life was just as great, if not greater, than my four undergraduate years. I know that without SSP, I would not have gone to MIT, or be where I am now. I want to help others get that impact.

"And, I donate to SSP because of its small size. It’s very clear where and how the money is being used. Even my modest donation will matter.”
YJ Cha '09

More Ways to Give

Sponsorship is a direct connection between a corporation or foundation and SSP’s talented young participants. Interested in sponsoring? Find out more here.

Check with your HR department and apply if available! ​

Contact us with your questions.

The IRS has designated SSP as a 501(c)(3) educational nonprofit, EIN 94-3341965. Your contributions are deductible as provided by law. SSP has earned the Gold Seal of Transparency from Guidestar, and the top rating each year from GreatNonProfits, based on anonymous alumni reviews.