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Program Overview

Program Overview

Lipscomb's Summer Scholars program is an 8-day experience that emphasizes experiential learning in and outside of the classroom. It's specially designed to give high-achieving rising seniors the opportunity to earn college credit hours while still in high school. A highly competitive program, selected students will complete real university coursework, explore Nashville, and meet peers from across the country.

Become part of the community that Lipscomb has to offer within the diverse landscape of Nashville, where your learning will extend beyond the classroom. Not only will you visit all of Nashville's most famous attractions—you'll also get to experience Lipscomb's rich connections to Nashville's wealth of professional opportunities. During the evenings, you'll participate in activities on and off-campus, ranging from go-karting downtown to group devotionals.

Students accepted into Summer Scholars are guaranteed admission to Lipscomb University. Applications will be reviewed for acceptance through July 1st.



For our 2024 program, courses will be offered in the following areas:


A course that introduces students to business by exploring an entrepreneurial perspective to the pursuit of value-creating opportunities. During the course, students will develop and execute a business model in a team and will understand how that business model can apply to all business endeavors. Students will also independently develop a business idea of their own.


A course in the fundamental principles of effective oral communication. Special attention is given to the understanding of theory, direct messaging, interpersonal communication and the presentation of speeches.


An introduction to engineering as a field through a survey of design and problem-solving techniques. The course will provide hands-on and engaging experiences for students to learn more about the profession and disciplines within engineering. This course is primarily taught for high school students in the Summer Scholars program. Students participating in the course will engage in a variety of activities to learn about the engineering profession, the engineering design process, and engineering as a vocation. These activities will include hands-on experiments, engineering field trips, guest speakers from industry, and real-world design challenges.


This course will serve as an introduction to the U.S. federal and state systems of law. It is designed to develop students’ understanding of American legal concepts and issues, expanding their knowledge of the process and politics behind legal decisions. The course will provide students with an opportunity to put teachings into practice by participating in an exercise of constitutional debate. This hands-on experience will give students the opportunity to learn about advocacy and form logical legal conclusions to real-world problems. The class also will explore areas in Nashville to observe and interact with various aspects of our legal system.


An introductory course covering a variety of topics within the field of psychology such as sensation-perception, consciousness, learning and memory, motivation, emotion, development, attitudes and more.

Lipscomb HCA/Tri-Star Health Sciences

An introductory course designed to explore a wide variety of health science professions. The course combines active learning, hands-on laboratory experiences, and presentations focused on skills and knowledge needed across multiple health professions. These experiences are led by professional faculty from our nursing, physician assistant, nutrition, pharmacy, kinesiology/exercise science, and cardiovascular perfusion programs as well as healthcare leaders in Nashville and the surrounding areas. Gain invaluable real-world experience in some of the greatest healthcare facilities in the nation as Nashville continues to be known as the nation’s healthcare capital. Launch your path with Lipscomb and be a part of the next generation of excellence in health care!

Tuition & Fees

Tuition & Fees

We want you to spend part of your summer with us! That's why we cover the cost of the course tuition for all students accepted into the Lipscomb Summer Scholars program. By attending Summer Scholars, you'll be saving $3,500 for a class that you would otherwise take during the regular school year. A $1,300 program fee to cover lodging, meals and activities is the only expense for Summer Scholars students and their families.

A deposit holds your reservation in the program. The remaining balance will be due by June 1.

Our Faculty

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    Jeff Cohu

    Executive Director, Center for Entrepreneurship & Innovation

    Dr. Jeff Cohu is an experienced management consultant, entrepreneur, and educator. In addition to his ongoing consulting practice, he currently serves as an Associate Professor of Management and Executive Director...

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  • Kirsten Dodson headshot

    Kirsten Dodson

    Associate Professor & Chair

    Dodson is the Raymond B. Jones College of Engineering's first faculty member to have received an undergraduate engineering degree from Lipscomb to return to teaching at the college full-time. Dodson...

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    Laura Morrow

    Director of Collaboratives Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives

    Dr. Laura Morrow is the Director of Collaborative Partnerships and Strategic Initiatives for the Center for Teaching and Learning and Associate Professor of Management at Lipscomb University. Morrow began her...

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  • Lois Jones headshot

    Lois Jones

    Asst. Pro. Comm & Pub Rel

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  • Ruth Henry headshot

    Ruth Henry

    Professor and Department Chair, Kinesiology

    Long-tenured Lipscomb faculty member in exercise science, she teaches the statistics and research courses.

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    Kimberly Mccall

    Associate Dean of Academics and Director of Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice & Society

    Kimberly L. McCall was named the Academic Director for the Fred D. Gray Institute for Law, Justice and Society effective January 1, 2021. In March 2023, McCall was named Associate...

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