The University of Saint Francis Discovery Academy is dedicated to shaping the future of young minds through engaging and immersive camp experiences. Our collection of discipline-focused camps is designed to foster the academic interests of students in grades K-12. By bringing young people to a college campus, and nurturing their academic interests, we set the stage for future academic ambition and success.  

At the heart of our programs are hands-on activities that captivate young minds and provide a glimpse into the exciting career options within each discipline. Beyond academic exploration, we offer unique leadership opportunities to empower students, stoking the development of leadership skills within their schools and communities.

The University of Saint Francis Discovery Academy recognizes the critical importance of early exposure to a college campus in shaping a student’s academic preparation. We aim to address the need for improved college readiness, encompassing the essential skills, knowledge, and mindset conducive to successful participation in college-level courses.

By introducing students to the college environment at an early stage, the USF Discovery Academy helps campers feel more comfortable and confident in seeking post-secondary educational opportunities.  In each Discovery Academy camp experience, campers meet and develop relationships with USF faculty, work in USF’s facilities and labs, and, most importantly, experience immersive learning opportunities with their peers. We believe that by fostering an early connection with a college campus, students are better equipped to apply to and excel in postsecondary education, setting them on a trajectory for a fulfilling academic journey.

Partnering with school districts and community organizations is integral to our mission. Our partners include: 

  • Fort Wayne Community Schools
  • East Allen County Schools
  • Vincennes University
  • The League

Interested in becoming a Community Partner?

Community partners help us reach students who are most in need. They assist with marketing and recruitment and expose campers to local community assets. We would love to collaborate with you.

In 2022, the University of Saint Francis received a grant from the Lilly Endowment to expand upon its already existing camp programs, offer multi-disciplinary opportunities, and increase outreach to previously underserved youth. As part of this grant, USF created the USF Discovery Academy to support the implementation and success of faculty-led youth programming.

Your support for the University of Saint Francis Discovery Academy is an investment in shaping a brighter future for young minds. Your contribution directly contributes to our mission of providing transformative experiences, expanding educational opportunities, and fostering a love for learning.

Your donations power the USF Discovery Academy’s immersive programs, scholarship initiatives, community partnerships, and accessible academic resources. Your generosity enables us to offer summer camps, peer-mentor programs, and exposure to diverse academic disciplines for students in grades K-12.

Monetary support will be used for the following:

  • Scholarships
  • Transportation
  • Meals
  • Supplies

By supporting the Discovery Academy, you are pivotal in opening doors for underserved youth, breaking barriers to education, and encouraging a passion for knowledge. Together, we can create a more inclusive and empowered generation, equipping students with the skills and confidence to pursue higher education and become community leaders.

Ready to Discover?

Connect with USF Faculty, develop a skill set, and find new interests — all with new friends in a safe and caring environment.

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