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: Phoenix Rising Program

The Phoenix Rising pre-orientation is a special two-day program designed to help first generation students, underrepresented students, and students with high financial need, adjust to both the academic and social aspects of attending a residential liberal-arts campus. Phoenix first year students arrive on campus three days prior to the start of orientation, and during the pre-orientation:

  • Enroll in three day mini non-credit courses taught by Goucher faculty
  • Enroll in two sessions on “Writing and Bound” designed to be an introduction to college writing and preparation
  • Enroll in two sessions 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 two-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 three days 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?

If you are a first-generation college student or a student with high financial need, please click here for the Phoenix Scholars program electronic application.

If you are an underrepresented student who is not first generation and/or high financial need, please click here for the Phoenix Rising electronic application.

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


On move-in day, Wednesday, August 15, 2018, 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 Wednesday, August 15, to Friday, August 17, 2018. Throughout the program, you have a variety of activities and workshops planned. If accepted, you will receive a detailed schedule, along with more information about your Phoenix intern.