The Emerging Scholars Program (ESP) works primarily with undergraduates who have come to the university from underperforming high schools in the Cleveland area. The program provides students with opportunities to improve their skills in writing and mathematics; to connect with professors, advisors, and mentors; and to learn about all of the resources available to help them meet the demands of college life.  View student videos.

ESP students enjoy the following benefits:

  • a full scholarship, inclusive of any federal grant eligibility, for Summer 2019
  • a $3,000 stipend for the summer and their first year
  • six credits for two courses—one in math and one in writing—completed during the summer
  • participation in a strong peer support network
  • individualized advising and mentoring throughout their undergraduate careers

Learn more about the program.

Candidates for the program will be invited to apply to ESP shortly after they accept an offer of admission from CWRU. If you have additional questions, please contact program director Stephen Haynesworth at 216.368.2014 or

From an ESP student: 

I am very grateful that I was able to be a part of such an amazing program. The Emerging Scholars Program helped prepare me for my first semester of college. I learned about all the different resources available to us as Case students, which helped me adjust faster during my first year at Case. It was a great opportunity to get a feel for what college classes are like, and to build relationships with other faculty members. Through ESP I was able to meet fellow incoming freshmen. Entering my first semester of college already knowing people and having made friends made my first semester much less stressful. The team of advisers and faculty members in ESP work collaboratively and hard to make sure the students feel comfortable about starting college in the fall. I recommend this program to incoming freshmen who want to learn more about themselves and about college.

Hajar Khalil