Summer Programs

Fisk University Summer Programs


Students are surrounded by Fisk culture and encourage children to think of college attendance at a young age.

Talented Tenth Leadership Development

A program to create hope and opportunities for young men of color, develop leadership skills and roles across multiple industries and sectors.


To Harness, Retain, Understand, Sustain and Teach

These projects use community organizations to strongly encourage the engagement and participation of parents.


Pre-College Science Institute

For families who want a summer filled with enrichment activities that will help their children better prepare for courses in mathematics, science, and reading/language arts along with fun-filled academic and physical activities for six weeks during the summer.


Girls Using Scientific Tools for Opportunities in S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics)

GUSTO is an SSCDC (Spruce Street Community Development Corporation) endeavor concerned with providing enriching activities that expose students to—and prepare them for—careers in math and science disciplines.

Pre-College Summer Program Click here to see a glimpse of our program

The Pre-College Program is designed to bridge the gap of skills and knowledge between high school and college. The Pre-College Summer Program provides an academically stimulating and culturally motivating experience.

The Fisk University Beth Madison Howse Mini-College

The Fisk University Beth Madison Howse Mini-College was established around 1980 as the brainchild of Mrs. Ingrid Collier. She wrote a proposal to President Walter Leonard detailing her vision of providing a college-like atmosphere for school-aged children where fun and learning math, science, fitness, language arts, social studies, art, music, speech, dance, etc. were intertwined. Beth Howse was the first director and ran the mini-college well for thirty-two years.  The students were led in instruction by educators and professionals from the University, as well as the city at large. The class schedule was likened to college students in as much as there were MWF classes and T/H classes.  Fridays were always fun-filled with field trips, guest speakers or movies.  They were surrounded by Fisk culture and it was the general goal of the mini college to encourage children to think of college attendance at a young age and perhaps even consider matriculating at Fisk.

Today, Mrs. Collier’s vision is still holding true and the current director is determined to allow the legacy of Beth Howes to live on through the continuation of the Mini-College.  We accept applications from children ages 5-12.  The curriculum is still centered on cultural arts, math, science, speech, music, dance, computer programing, Spanish, Life’s Little Lessons, Black History, Field trips, etc.  There is a lot of fun to be had by all!!

Program Goal: Surround children with Fisk culture and encourage them to think of college attendance at a young age and perhaps even consider matriculating at Fisk.

Information Coming Soon!



THRUST, GUSTO, AND PCSI Summer Programs logo

Welcome to the THRUST, GUSTO, and PCSI Summer Programs, and what we hope will be a long and successful relationship for your children.  Thank you for your trust and faith in our abilities to positively impact the readiness of your child for success in school and in life.

All programs are concerned with providing enriching activities that expose students to—and prepares them for—careers in math and science disciplines.  GUSTO is a community partnership that is co-sponsored with the Spruce Street Baptist Church CDC.  We seek to help those students (boys & girls) entering grades five through high school who are historically under-represented and underserved position themselves to take advantage of STEM activities and opportunities—but is open to all.  STEM stands for:  Science, Technology, Engineering, & Mathematics and represents the most promising areas for future career success.  Whether their interests are their or not, the children will receive tools that help their problem resolution and critical thinking skills.

Further, we seek to (1) identify talented, gifted and/or highly capable students among the under-represented or undeserved in our schools; (2) provide high-ability, low-performing students with the skills, motivation, and resources necessary for success in school; (3) bring rich, challenging programs proven to integrate learning, foster leadership and cooperation, and academic enrichment required for success; and (4) encourage participation in local and national competitions in order to expose students to different careers, scholarships, build confidence, and cultivate tomorrow’s leaders.

This will be the sixteenth year for THRUST, the fifteenth for the GUSTO, and the sixth for PCSI program.  They are enrichment programs offering applied/”hands-on” learning experiences with access and a deep relationship to a college environment.


We believe ALL CHILDREN CAN SUCCEED!! Our campers will be provided enrichment opportunities in address of areas of weakness/needing improvement, and those “tools for their success” to sustain that success.  These “tools” are:  organization, time management, study skills, test preparation, reading/writing exercises, mentoring, etc..  We believe that together we can improve their literacy and enhance their educational experience.

Virtual Learning

The Pre-College Summer  Program provides an academically stimulating and culturally motivating experience. With a goal to increase the number of students who successfully matriculate through the undergraduate curriculum, the Pre-College  Program is designed to bridge the gap of skills and knowledge between high school and college. Students are not only provided with academic support during the four-week summer experience, but continue receiving tutoring, academic counseling and mentoring through the fall and spring semesters of the school year.

Program Requirements:

  1. Completed Pre-College Application
  2. Release of Liability Form
  3. Eligibility for Financial Aid or Prepared to Pay Cash


This is a one-credit hour course that is designed to provide students with the essential academic, social and personal skills to maximize their opportunity for success during their freshman year. Academic rules and regulations, learning strategies, financial literacy and career development are among the topics to be discussed. Learning Strategies will address such topics as time management, note-taking and test-taking.

Co-Curricular Activities

Financial Literacy Seminars
Cultural and Recreational Outings
Community Service Projects


Application Dates and Deadline

Application Deadline: May 15th, 2020

Program Cost : $3260.00
For Payment Arrangements contact:, Director of Financial Aid 615-329-8735


For Further Information Contact

Isaac Thompson at  or 615 329-8605

Applications and Release of liability forms should be mailed to:

Pre-College Summer Program
Office of Admissions
Attention: Isaac Thompson
Fisk University
1000 17th Avenue North
Nashville,Tennessee 37208