What PUPP means to me

The three Montina brothers, all PUPP scholars. Photo by Denise Applewhite, Office of Communications.

The Princeton University Preparatory Program (PUPP), a tuition-free academic and cultural enrichment program, has been helping prepare high-achieving, low-income high school students for college success for nearly 15 years.

PUPP selects 24 students each year in the spring of ninth grade to participate in its comprehensive, three-year college preparation program. The program, founded in 2001 by Princeton's Program in Teacher Preparation, serves partner public high schools in the New Jersey cities of Ewing, Hamilton, Lawrence, Princeton and Trenton.

Participants — known as PUPP scholars — spend six and a half weeks on the University campus each summer in a program that covers literature, math, writing, art, personal development and science. They also participate in cultural excursions and college tours. During the academic year, scholars attend academic enrichment sessions and cultural events. They also receive extensive college-preparation services.

Read the full story and view photos of PUPP scholars and alumni.