Summer Connections



YOU ARE ABOUT TO CHANGE EVERYTHING.  Your schedule, your friends, your goals.  The direction of your life.  You have the power to forge your own path, one that is inspired and supported by your Furman mentors and friends.

Start your path now.  Make the CONNECTIONS.

Furman University’s Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection is offering a fun and inspiring nine-day residential program for incoming freshmen.  We will gather a group of thoughtful, mature, and open-minded students who are willing to be stretched beyond their individual comfort zones.  Guided by experienced Furman teachers and mentors and stimulated by new friends of different backgrounds, participants will learn to be more appreciative of their own “life stories” as they discover that discernment of personal vocation yields authentic and unique human beings.

The SUMMER CONNECTIONS program is offered at no cost to students accepted into program.  Complete an application to be a Summer Connections Scholar using the online application form at the bottom of this page.

What are students saying about the SUMMER CONNECTIONS program?

We have provided some comments from previous Summer Connections participants (students in Furman’s Class of 2015) below:

“This program was completely unforgettable and the best thing I could’ve done this summer!  In ten days, I’ve made amazing friends and learned so much about myself.  Thank you all!”

“This was the perfect way for me to prepare for college because I was forced to ask myself the important questions, like who am I and what do I believe in.  Knowing these things are crucial to the path we take during college.”

“Overall, this was an amazing experience and it is something that has positively changed my life forever.”

“This program opened my eyes to the needs of the world and the depths of my being.”

“A wonderful experience that taught me more about myself and my beliefs than anything else ever could.  I would recommend it to people of every walk of life.”

“The program was INVALUABLE in helping me gain confidence in building my first relationships coming into college, some of the friends I made in this program I’m sure will carry on through my years at FU.  It also quelled my fears as it pertained to college in general and made me feel very comfortable on campus and in the city of Greenville.”



Program Description

SUMMER CONNECTIONS, the Cothran Center for Vocational Reflection’s weeklong program, will guide you in discerning your vocation.  You’ll understand your vocation through four different avenues: faith, personal assessment, creative expression, and community engagement.  A morning theology class, journaling exercises, and an in-depth community service project are just a few of the ways in which you’ll begin to understand your path.

And this is just the beginning.  During your next four years at Furman, you’ll continue to be enriched and supported by the friends and mentors you made at SUMMER CONNECTIONS.

We invite you to apply for this competitive program.  Thanks to support from generous donors, accepted students attend at no cost.

Begin your journey now by completing the Summer Connections Scholar application below.

[Note: The program is Christian in orientation, but nonsectarian.  We welcome participants of any faith perspective and tradition.  No attempt is made to indoctrinate or change the religious beliefs of students.  Students are simply offered ways to use their beliefs in discovery and analysis of their individual life’s goals and meanings.]

Visit our Cothran Center FACEBOOK Page to see pictures from last year’s Summer Connections program, as well as photos from many other Cothran Center events.  You can also follow us on Twitter @CothranCenter

Application Process

We invite all incoming Furman freshmen to apply for the SUMMER CONNECTIONS program.  An online application is posted below.  Incoming freshmen are able to apply once they have accepted their offer of admission to Furman and paid their security deposit.  [Note: If students are planning to come to Furman but have not yet paid their deposit, they may still apply but should make a note on the application.]  Incoming freshmen will receive additional information on Summer Connections, as well as other summer programs at Furman, via mail and e-mail once they have been accepted to the university.

We recommend that all students attending SUMMER CONNECTIONS also sign up for the Summer Orientation session immediately following the program June 27-28.  For more information about orientation, visit

This year’s Summer Connections program is June 19-27, 2014.

Cost/Financial Information: All students selected to be Summer Connections Scholars participate in the summer program at no cost.  Thanks to support from generous donors and the University, we are able to offer program scholarships to all accepted students.

For additional information or questions regarding Summer Connections, contact the program director, Eric Cain, at or 864.294.2511.


ONLINE APPLICATION: If you do not receive an e-mail confirmation from our office within two (2) business days, please e-mail or call us to verify that your application was received.

  1. Please complete the application below. Once you have completed the application, click the "Submit" button and the application will be e-mailed to the Center. You will receive an e-mail confirmation that your application has been received, and is on file in our office, within two (2) business days.
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