Knowledge for Freedom Summer Program

Purpose and power: Women shaping history
July 9 – 22, 2023

Pre-college program for young women who are rising high school seniors attending a Roanoke City, Roanoke County, or Salem City High School.

Provided at no cost to participants, this residential two-week summer intensive will provide an enriching academic experience to students that highlights the depth and breadth of the liberal arts. Participants will study how views on women’s agency and gender equality (d)evolved throughout the ages and how these views impact young women’s lives today?

Through a grant sponsored by The Teagle Foundation, this exciting new program will provide an enriching academic experience that highlights the depth, breadth, and power of the liberal arts. Learning will be focused on building essential “21st century skills,” such as writing, critical inquiry, and collaboration, that are essential to success in college and also increasingly vital in the professional world beyond. You will also get a first-hand understanding of what a powerful and positive experience college can be by living and learning for two weeks on the beautiful Hollins University campus.

Extended benefits:

In addition to providing an immersive two-week liberal arts-based experience, participants receive extended support through the college search and selection process including:

  • A letter of recommendation from Hollins faculty
  • Mentors from Hollins University throughout college search
  • Support in initiating a college application
  • Education regarding test-optional admission policies, binding and non-binding application types, and demonstrated interest
  • A workshop for students and parents/guardians focused on FAFSA submission after October 1 of the senior year

Refer a Student


  1. How large is the program?
    20 students
  2. Does it cost me anything to attend?
    Participation is completely free to participants, including housing and food expenses for the duration of the two-week program.
  3. How are students invited to attend and identified as ‘underserved?’
    The application for 2023 will go live in November 2022. High school counselors from qualifying districts will have an opportunity to nominate students for participation.
  4. Who should I contact?
    Madeline Aliff,, 540-362-7496

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