Eligibility and Requirements


          Summer Scholars is a program that is designed for intellectually gifted and talented students. There are some requirements that must be met to ensure that students can be provided the best experience possible. The Mississippi Department of Education guidelines will be followed to determine eligibility status.

Required for New Production Campers:

  • Letter of recommendation from a teacher or counselor
  • Verification of current or past participation in a state appointed program for gifted and talented students. Examples: Viva Drama, Viva Art, PEAK, etc.


  • Demonstration of talent in acting, singing, dancing, or playing a musical instrument (a five-minute audition is acceptable).  Verification of participation in a recent theatre performance is also acceptable.

Required for Writers/Production Campers:

  • Applicants must submit all materials required for Production Camp along with a PG-rated writing sample. Students must indicate what track they prefer during writers’ camp and submit the following:
  • Scriptwriting Track: An original 1000-word short story; 5-pages double spaced with one-inch margins or an original play. Previous writers’ camp participants are required to submit a new short story each year.
  • Music Composition Track: Two pages of original lyrics or a recording of an original song.

***ALL campers are required to send an official sealed transcript with most recent standardized test scores each year***