ESSENCE Frequently Asked Questions

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Attendance during the summer session is required to participate in the program throughout the year. Excessive absences will be handled through consultation with the participant and the parent.



Transportation is the responsibility of the participant. In some cases, there have been opportunities for carpools, but this is not guaranteed. This is not a residential program, therefore participants will need someone to drop them off and pick them up daily.



There is no cost for participation in the program. There is no application or membership fee. The only cost participants may incur is that related to transportation or food during activities and field trips as well as any souvenirs that they wish to purchase.



Attire should be casual for the everyday sessions. On those occasions that activity will require something more, administrators will be sure to note it in the calendar and send a reminder home with the participant of the expectation.


Parent Program:

As the program has evolved, parents have expressed an interest in being more active participants. For this reason, E.S.S.E.N.C.E. has created a  two-part series for them during the summer and several sessions throughout the year for them to actively explore some of the same issues that their daughters discuss as well as strategies to better engage your daughter and opportunities to discuss concerns and explore questions with other parents. Although it is not mandatory, it is encouraged to communicate parental commitment to the program as a partner to your daughter. An information session for parents will be June 10th at 9am-10am in Humanities Room #121.  Parking is available at the Grawmeyer Information Center.


Contact Persons:

For more information or questions regarding the program, please do not hesitate to contact Karla Morton at or 502-852-3123 or Ms. Shantia Gully at in the Arts & Sciences Advising and Student Services, University of Louisville, Gardiner Hall, Louisville, KY 40292.