College and Career

One of the most important decisions our students will make is what to do after graduation.  Our College and Career Success work focuses on encouraging students to explore their options for post-secondary education, and provides them with support and access to tools to help them accomplish their goals.

Camp College

There’s nothing quite like spending time on a college campus to jump start your plans for life after high school. For rising seniors, our Camp College initiative provides insight, guidance, support, and information for students and their families.

Camp College starts with a planning retreat on the beautiful Sewanee: The University of the South campus in mid-June.  Admissions officers and college advisors from across the southeast work with students in small groups and one-on-one to cover all aspects of the college application and financial aid processes. Sessions include scholarship essay writing, college searches, and a mini-college fair, as well as opportunities to meet other students and preview campus life. Parents/guardians of accepted students will be invited to attend a financial aid workshop and orientation in late May and early June.

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Applications are due March 27, 2019. Participants are selected by a committee of PEF staff members, community volunteers, and business leaders.

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Students and volunteer group leaders will be housed in a dorm on Sewanee’s campus, just 45 minutes from Chattanooga. Transportation, rooms, meals, and materials are all paid by PEF, Sewanee, and other generous sponsors. For accepted students, there will be a $25 non-refundable enrollment fee.

Camp College will host 100 rising seniors who meet the following criteria:

  • Be on track to graduate in 2020;
  • Have a grade point average of 3.0 or higher; and
  • Have financial need and/or be the first in your family to attend college.

Camp College was featured as part of the Chattanooga Times Free Press series “Pieces of the Puzzle”

For more information on Camp College contact:

Janice Neal Youth Services Manager

423.668.2423 •