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About CATALYST Academy


  • A minimum GPA of 3.0 on a 4.0 scale
  • Be a high school rising junior or senior
  • Young men and women of diverse racial, socioeconomic, or geographic backgrounds


CATALYST Academy tuition – $1,450.00 (residential)

  • Includes room, board/meals, and research supplies
  • Payable after notification of acceptance/admission

We strive to make the program accessible to our participants. We encourage applicants who are concerned about affordability to apply for a scholarship.

​Additionally, rising seniors (class of 2023) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first-generation college students meeting the requirements below will automatically be considered for a tuition waiver for the 2022 CATALYST Academy.

  • Have taken, currently taking, or plan to take the following courses prior to graduating in 2023: Calculus, Physics, and/or Chemistry (or related advanced Science and Math courses)

​*Tuition is subject to change


  • Scholarships for tuition and/or travel are available based upon demonstrated need.
  • Submit the Financial Assistance application form in conjunction with the CATALYST Academy application by March 15. Upload supporting documents.
  • If admitted to CURIE Academy, scholarship awards will be included in the notification.
  • All participants are required to pay a $75 non-refundable deposit.

Admission Decisions will be released by early May via email.