Gateway Scholars


Each summer a small group of newly admitted first-year students are invited to participate in the Gateway Scholars program which was created to help ease the transition to academic life at Wofford. Students completing the Gateway program are provided with a MacBook Air to use during their time at Wofford.

The summer program is comprised of one week of student success workshops and engagement opportunities that are uniquely crafted to provide all the necessary information for students to make the adjustment to college life. During the summer program, participants are able to make connections with faculty, staff, peer mentors, and other entering first-year students.

The 2023 Gateway Scholars program is currently scheduled for Sunday, July 16 – Sunday, July 23.

Want to learn more about the program? Contact Dr. James Stukes at or 864-597-4406 if you have any questions.

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  • The Gateway Scholars program is for first-time first-year students. Transfer students are not eligible to participate.
  • Invitations to become a Gateway Scholar are sent to students based on demonstrated financial need.
  • All accepted Gateway Scholars must commit to the full week experience.
  • Only eligible students who submit their deposit by May 1st will receive an invitation to apply for the program. Students are encouraged to pay their deposits by the May 1st.


Dr. James Stukes

Dr. James Stukes

Assistant Dean of Student Success and College Access 864-597-4406
Dr. Boyce Lawton

Dr. Boyce Lawton

Dean for Student Success 864-597-5302

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First time first-year students entering Wofford during the fall semester who have demonstrated financial need, are considered to be first-generation, and/or DACA-protected will be eligible to apply.  Invitations to apply are emailed to students the first week of May each year.

A maximum of 20 students are accepted into the program.

This is a fully residential experience and all participants will be housed in one of the various residence halls on campus.  The exact location is based upon availability.

The summer program includes all meals, lodging, engagement opportunities, transportation, specialty workshops, and a new MacBook Air laptop as long as the scholar is enrolled at Wofford.  There is no charge for the summer program or related materials. There is no financial scholarship component of the program.

Through the program, Gateway Scholars are able to cultivate relationships with peers prior to the start of the academic year and develop the skills necessary to excel in all areas of college student life. 

As a Gateway Scholar you will have the opportunity to participate in unique leadership and engagement opportunities with other Gateway Scholars throughout your four years at Wofford.  Additionally, Gateway Scholars can receive direct assistance from the Office of Student Success while enrolled at Wofford.

We welcome applications from all groups including athletes and Bonner Scholars.