Program Overview

Each year, SCALE convenes a diverse cohort of 20 emerging summer and afterschool learning leaders, providing them with the tools and frameworks they need to build strong partnerships, secure funding, design and scale evidenced-based programming, and more. The program is grounded in deep discussion and experiential learning and led by a diverse faculty with afterschool and summer learning expertise.

SCALE is a hybrid in-person and virtual educational experience. The program begins with a weeklong intensive on Furman’s campus. SCALE Fellows will then participate in monthly webinars, take part in a learning journey trip to a nationally-acclaimed summer learning program and in-state site swaps, and work on a capstone project related to afterschool or summer learning.

Ideal participants are leaders who currently work in a school district or community-based organization partnering with the school district to provide afterschool and summer learning programs and who intend to work in this field for at least the next 18 months. Participants will receive continuing education credits for their participation. Learn more about the program and how to apply below.

What SCALE Fellows Are Saying

  • "This fellowship has completely changed my outlook on my profession. It created a spark in me that has yet to dull! I'm no longer comfortable simply 'supervising,' but I am consistently figuring out ways to make myself and my sites better, and more meaningful for the students."
  • "This fellowship awakened motivation, creativity, and opportunity within our summer learning program. Through the project, I was more motivated as a leader to engage in conversation with my district to transform our offerings, making them more engaging and opening up additional learning opportunities for our scholars."
  • "I loved the networking opportunities and the learning Journeys. I had so much fun. What I liked most about SCALE was the variety of information that was given to us. I had no idea what kind of impact the afterschool world was making and now I do, and I want to be a part of that!"
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Application Information

Applications for the 2024 cohort are now closed. Fellow selections for the 2025 cohort will be made in fall 2024.