Applying to College

KSU Alumni Legacy Day

The KSU Alumni Association presents Alumni/Legacy Day for parents and their children who want to get a glimpse of Kennesaw State University.  Alumni/Legacy Day is Saturday, March 10 and promises to be a day filled with information and interaction.  Please share this information within your communities.

Alumni/Legacy Day will include:

  • vital information about admissions, financial aid, athletics (football) and financial planning for college;
  • tips on preparing for college interviews and presentations;
  • fun and interactive sessions introducing students to the college classroom;
  • tours of campus and student residences;
  • breakfast and lunch; and
  • a keepsake photo of the day.

Adults – $80, Children (ages 11-17) – $45.  Adults must accompany children.

Feel free to share this flyer with your faculty, students and parents!

For more information, contact Jennie Kay Coleman, Office of Alumni Affairs at (770) 423-6333.

Georgia Black College Expo

The 2011 Georgia Black College Expo to be held on Saturday, February 11, 2012 from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Cobb Galleria Centre, Atlanta, GA. The cost is $10 per person at the door, $8 online. Students can meet with college representatives, participate in live band auditions for scholarships at HBCUs, and find out about internships and careers.

Free seminars and workshops

Visit www.thecollegeexpo.org or call 877-427-4100 for more information.

Scholarship Step Show and College Resource Fair

The Athens Alumni National Pan-Hellenic Council, Inc., and Project Safe, Inc., have partnered to address the impact of domestic violence on children. AANPHC will host its 9th Youth Scholarship Step Show and College Recruitment and Resource Fair on Saturday, March 3, 2012 at the Classic Center, 300 North Thomas Street, in Athens, Georgia.

Partners for this event to include the University of Georgia Undergraduate Admissions Office, Athens Technical College, Clarke County School District, Oconee County School District, Jackson County School District, Jefferson City School District, the Northwestern Baptist Association No. 1, Athens-Clarke County Government, the Athens Area Human Relations Council, In Touch Management Group, Western Judicial Circuit District Attorney Ken Mauldin, Clarke County Juvenile Court, the Georgia Bureau of Investigations, Clarke County Solicitor C. R. Chisholm, and others. Feel free to contact chairman Marvin J. Nunnally at www.athensalumninphc.com, (706) 338-9301, or e-mail: mjnunnally@gmail.com.

The College Recruitment and Resource Fair runs from 11AM until 3 PM and is free to the public.

The Step Show is $12 in advance and $15 at door and begins at 5 PM.

College Planning Seminar

College planning is a knowledge intensive process, full of hurdles, confusion, and overwhelming, as thousands of high school seniors recently discovered. This workshop simplifies the process and provides a comprehensive, easy-to-follow set of strategies that can be specifically tailored to any audience by:

  • providing students and families with a full scope of strategies to follow, beginning as students enter middle school. Students and parents will be well prepared to put together high quality college application packages to substantially increase the odds of students getting accepted into their top choice colleges and universities.
  • providing teachers, coaches, and counselors with strategies for building the necessary relationships with students and families so that students and families are proactive in developing comprehensive college-bound plans.
  • providing representatives from PTA/PTSAs, churches, and community organizations with the necessary training to better support students and families in developing comprehensive college-bound plans.
  • providing school-based planning teams with strategies for integrating college planning into advisory and home room.
  • providing coaches, band directors, art, dance, and drama teachers with strategies that will open the college pathway to thousands of dollars in scholarships and need-based aid for their students.

Contact our offices to be placed onto our mailing list so you will be notified of a seminar near you or have a representative from PTA/PTSA, church, school, or community organization contact us to arrange for a seminar in your community.

Email: seminars@accessandequity.org

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Navigating the College Admissions Process

For the first time, through our partnership with the Turner Chapel AME Church Education Ministry, we offered free college application packaging sessions over the course of three days, during the week following Christmas, for high school seniors. These sessions were in response to the frustration expressed by a number of parents and students regarding the difficulty in navigating the college admissions process and the difficulty experienced by many students with writing scholarship essays. Such research studies as, “Barriers to College Attainment: Lessons from ChicagoCan I Get a Little Advice here? How an Overstretched High School Guidance System is Undermining Students’ College Aspirations, and From High School to the Future: Potholes on the Road to College,” provides insight into why so many students are “under matched” in the college choices. The difficulty in navigating the college admissions process results in many students who are academically capable of getting accepted into highly selective colleges and universities from even applying to such colleges and universities.

Even with offering to freely provide the necessary college application packaging support for students, nearly all of the students and parents who had signed up for the sessions, failed to actually attend. The only two students to actually show up, were my son and a friend who is both a member of our church and student at his high school. Fortunately for my son and his friend, the absence of other students meant that they had more personalized attention with writing their essays and preparing their college application packages.

I had no idea that this would be such a daunting task. In fact, it consumed the better part of three days and nights with my son’s final college applications being submitted close to the midnight deadline on New Year’s eve. Almost much has been written about the college admissions process and the importance of carefully creating a student’s college application packages, we learned some valuable lessons.

  1. The earlier that a student identifies the types of colleges and universities that he or she will be interested in attending, the sooner he or she will be able to begin to identify the types of classes, programs, extracurricular activities, and community service that are best aligned with each colleges’ institutional needs and admissions expectations. For example, we were initially concerned with our son’s lack of having engaged in a broad range of community service activities. However, we discovered that his most passionate areas of community service, which he had been engaged in for several years at our church, were directly aligned with some of the institutional priorities of the colleges he was interested in applying to.
  2. The importance of reviewing the essay questions on the Common Application website and the specific questions within the supplements for the colleges and universities a student is interested in applying to. Some of the essay prompts and university-specific questions will require a great deal of thought, as well as editing by a teacher or parent.
  3. The importance of students allowing enough time to carefully review their packages and allowing for the opportunity of having their packages reviewed by others for misspellings, incorrect word usage, and fragmented thoughts in their essays. Students should keep in mind that their      application will be reviewed along with thousands of other applications and that they will be competing with thousands of other students for a limited number of invitations for admissions at the colleges and universities they apply to.

Some of the questions that our son had to answer or write essay responses to were:

Considering both the specific undergraduate school to which you are applying and the unique aspects of our university, what do you hope to learn from and contribute to our university community?

Engineering leaders do more than just solve technical problems. What kinds of experiences, inside and outside of the classroom, would you want to explore to enhance your studies?

Engineers have sometimes been stereotyped as “nerds” or “geeks.” Do you embrace or reject that stereotype? Why?

A distinctive feature of our curriculum is the opportunity to be the architect of your education. Why does this academic environment appeal to you?

We all exist within communities or groups of various sizes, origins, and purposes; pick one and tell us why it is important to you, and how it has shaped you.

What does the following quotes mean to you:

“Stereotyped beliefs have the power to become self-fulfilling prophesies for behavior.”

“It seems to me incumbent upon this and other schools’ graduates to recognize their responsibility to the public interests…unless the graduates of this college…are willing to put back into our society those talents, the broad sympathy, the understanding, the compassion. Then obviously the presuppositions upon which our democracy are based are bound to be fallible.”

Setting aside this time to assist my son and his friend was truly beneficial. We are hopeful that they will be accepted into each of the colleges they applied so that they will have the opportunity to review and compare multiple financial aid offers. However, knowing that they had the necessary guidance and support to ensure that they submitted quality application packages to each of the schools and they are well prepared to be competitive candidates for admission is reward in itself.

The experience has taught us how important our efforts are in assisting students with pursuing their college-bound dreams. No matter how many students take advantage of the opportunity, we are comforted with knowing that we have ensured that help, that is rarely offered by their high schools, is available to widen the pathway to college.

Programs That Are Making A Difference

The programs listed below provide unique opportunities for students in various areas of the country, from various demographic backgrounds, and from various levels of schooling. The programs have a variety of selection criteria and deadlines.

A Better Chance

The mission of A Better Chance is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.  They carry out their mission through their College Preparatory Schools Program, which annually recruits, refers and supports about 500 Scholars at more than 300 Member Schools in 27 states.  They have been opening the doors to greater educational opportunities since 1963 and more than 12,000 alumni have now gone on to distinguished careers as physicians, artists, educators, lawyers, politicians and corporate executives.

Prospective applicants should get started early; late applications are not encouraged as they severely limit opportunities for placements. Further, the application process begins one year prior to enrolling. For example, if a student is currently in the 8th grade, she or he would be applying for the 9th grade.

There are three major stages to the application process, each consisting of several small steps. Please go to the “How to Apply” page and follow each of the required steps.

The application deadline for the College Preparatory Schools Program is October 1.

Arkansas Commitment

The Arkansas Commitment Program attempts to identify academically talented African-American high school students throughout central Arkansas and assist these students in acquiring the knowledge, skills and professional experience necessary for effective community leadership. African-American students, 8th grade or higher, with a minimum 3.0 grade point average or above are invited to apply. The Program is open to African-American students from all high schools and school districts in the Central Arkansas area.

If you are currently in the 8th, 9th, or 10th grade, click here. If you are currently in the 11th or 12th grade, click here.

ASPIRA

ASPIRA is a national organization working to further the interest of Hispanic youth. The ASPIRA Association, Inc. does not currently provide financial assistance, but attempts to direct Hispanic youth to organizations that might be able to help. If you an Hispanic youth and live in or near Miami, FloridaChicago, IllinoisPhiladelphia, PennsylvaniaNewark, New Jersey;Bridgeport, ConnecticutNew York, New York, or Rio Piedras, Puerto Rico; you may want to contact the local ASPIRA offices in those cities. They may be able to provide you with more specific information on scholarship and financial possibilities.

Breakthrough

The Breakthrough Collaborative is devoted to preparing high-achieving middle-school students, most of whom are of color and from low-income families, to enter and succeed in college-preparatory high school programs. Breakthrough also recruits and trains outstanding high school and college students to become Breakthrough teachers and build an interest in careers as educators.

Breakthrough students usually enter the program in the summer of their 7th grade year and continue until they graduate from high school. The student experience includes two 6-week, academically intense summer sessions, year-round support and tutoring, and ongoing-college preparation and assistance. Most Breakthrough students attend public schools.

Bright Prospect

Bright Prospect is located in Pomona, California and is focused on increasing the number of low-income students who enter and graduate from four-year universities. Their programs provide the counseling and guidance students need to gain admission to the best colleges they are qualified for with the financial aid they need, and also provide a comprehensive support system throughout students’ college years so that they graduate with a bachelor’s degree.

Center for Student Opportunity

The Center for Student Opportunity is focused on empowering underserved, first-generation college students to and through college by providing critical information, guidance, scholarships, and ongoing support.

Students wishing to become Opportunity Scholars can complete the CSO College CenterConnectNow student profile to get involved.

Opportunity Scholars can also be nominated by high school counselors and teachers, community-based organization staff, and college access professionals that work with these students.

To nominate a student, please complete the Opportunity Scholars Nomination Form.

Chicago Scholars

The Chicago Scholars Program identifies energetic and promising high school juniors like who are determined to make the most of their college experience. After students are accepted into the program during their junior year of high school, the program will begin from the college admissions stage through college graduation, laying the groundwork at length for success in the professional world or in graduate study.

Click here to become a Chicago Scholar!

College Bound

College Bound a Washington, D.C. based program that offers public and public charter school students in grades 8-12 academic enrichment and resources to prepare for and succeed in college. The organization offers tutoring, mentoring, ACT/SAT preparation, and academic and career guidance free-of-charge to assist students in the District of Columbia metropolitan area in meeting their postsecondary educational goals.

You are eligible for the program if you are:

  • A Public/Charter School student in the DC Metropolitan area
  • Enrolled in a grade between 8-11
  • Committed to going to college
  • Committed to attending weekly meetings
  • Committed to working with a partner (mentor)

College Forward

College Forward is a college access program that provides free college access services to motivated economically-disadvantaged Central Texas students.  Participating students receive one-on-one support through every aspect of the college application and financial aid process from the beginning of their junior year in high school until they earn a four-year college degree.

High School Juniors attending selected schools in the Austin area who want to earn four-year college degrees are invited to apply to the College Forward program if they are in the top 60% of their high school class and either qualify for the National School Lunch Program or would be the first in their families to graduate from college.

College Horizons

College Horizons is a pre-college program for Native American high school students open to current sophomores and juniors.  Each summer students work with college counselors and college admissions officers in a five-day “crash course.”  The individualized program helps students select colleges suitable for them to apply to, get admitted to, and receive adequate financial aid. Students research their top 10 schools; complete college essays, resumes, the Common Application, and the preliminary FAFSA; receive interviewing skills and test-taking strategies (on the ACT and SAT) and financial aid/scholarship information.

College Match

College Match identifies low-income high school sophomores with strong academic records in the Los Angeles, California area, and provides each of them (on an individualized basis) an intensive array of services comparable to what affluent students receive at elite private schools. These students and their families receive counseling and support to make them competitive in the college application process.

College Track

College Track is an after-school, college preparatory program for high school students offered in various cities throughout the United States. Their four core service areas are:

  • Academic Affairs reinforces high standards and accountability that enable our students to enter college and succeed in life.
  • Student Life provides students the opportunities, resources, and tools to explore their passions and constructively engage in their communities.
  • College Affairs guides students in all aspects related to college admissions and helps students find college scholarships.
  • College Success provides support to our college students through academic advising and help finding financial aid.

Early Academic Outreach Program

EAOP is a state-wide college preparatory program sponsored by the University of California. For over 30 years, EAOP has helped students prepare for college by creating a community of young scholars and offering college-preparatory advising and academic enrichment opportunities. EAOP at UC Berkeley currently serves approximately 3,000 students from San Francisco, Contra Costa and Alameda counties.

Students who are enrolled at an EAOP Partner School and maintain a 2.8 GPA or higher in their college preparatory coursework are eligible to apply to the program. Priority is given to students from low-income families and/or students who will be the first in their family to go to college.

In general, students are invited to apply during the spring of their 9th grade year.

Educational Talent Search

The  Educational Talent Search prepares academically qualified limited income, first generation New Hampshire youth to complete secondary school and enroll in and complete a program of postsecondary education by providing academic advising, career, college, financial literacy and financial aid information.

EOP/HEOP at Cornell University

Currently, EOP has a presence on 45 campuses across New York State with HEOP operating on 57 campuses. To be eligible for admission to EOP you must be:

  • A New York State resident for 12 months prior to enrollment;
  • Require special admissions consideration; and
  • Qualify as economically disadvantaged according to the guidelines. In selecting students for the program, priority is given to applicants from historically disadvantaged backgrounds.

EOP/HEOP at Cornell University, through the Arthur O. Eve Higher Education Opportunity Program (HEOP) and the Educational Opportunity Program (EOP) facilitates students whose financial and academic environments have not allowed their potential to come to fruition. H/EOP gives students who have the ability for academic success, but not the requirements for regular admission, the chance to attend Cornell University. The programs allow students eight to ten semesters to successfully complete a degree.

EOP serves students enrolled in one of the contract colleges at Cornell:

HEOP serves students enrolled in one of the endowed colleges at Cornell:

HEOP at State University of New York provides access, academic support and financial aid to students who show promise for succeeding in college but who may not have otherwise been offered admission. Available primarily to full-time, matriculated students, the program supports students throughout their college careers within the University.

Fiver Children’s Foundation

The Fiver Children’s Foundation takes its name from a fictional character of the Richard Adams novel Watership Down. Fiver is the name of a small rabbit who has a vision to create a better future for his community and the courage to carry on after confronting seemingly insurmountable obstacles. The Fiver Children’s Foundation is a youth development organization based out of New York City, that organizes year-long programming in addition to hosting children ages 8 to 18 at a summer camp.

Fulfillment Fund

The Fulfillment Fund is a college access organization working closely with partners in the schools and the community to provide first-generation, low-income students with the support necessary to graduate from high school and go on to college. High school seniors who are currently enrolled in a Fulfillment Fund program are eligible to apply for one of our competitive need-and-merit based college scholarships, renewable for 2-4 years of undergraduate study.

I Have A Dream Foundation

The I Have A Dream Foundation sponsors cohorts of students in under-resourced public schools or housing developments, and work with these “Dreamers” from early elementary school all the way through high school. Upon high school graduation, each Dreamer receives guaranteed tuition assistance for higher education.

While each “I Have A Dream” program is localized to meet the specific needs of its Dreamers, all programs share common elements and take two basic forms, school-based and housing-based.

Currently, more than 3,158 Dreamers are on the way to college in 17 states, Washington, D.C., and New Zealand, following some 12,000 Dreamers who came before them.

Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars

The Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars CTY Talent Searches identify, assess, and recognize students with exceptional mathematical and/or verbal reasoning abilities. Students may participate in Grades 2-6 or Grades 7-8. Participation in the CTY Talent Search comes with a wealth of benefits.

Students interested in applying should:

Let’s Get Ready

Let’s Get Ready is focused on expanding college access for motivated, low-income high school students by providing FREE SAT preparation and college admission counseling through college student volunteers who serve as “Coaches,” mentors, and role-models to provide not only SAT instruction and college admissions guidance, but the encouragement and inspiration students need to succeed.

Link Unlimited

The Link Unlimited College Readiness programs provide students with in-depth exposure to higher education and one-on-one counseling that complements the advisement that they receive at their respective high schools. During the fall of their senior year all LINK Scholars participate in one-on-one college counseling with LINK Unlimited staff.  During these hour-long sessions scholars, along with the LINK staff member, talk through the students school options and create a list of 5-7 schools for the scholar to apply to.

LINK has established partnerships with over 43 colleges and universities.  These schools give LINK scholars access to their campus, students and administrators to answer questions and give students relevant information about their school. Bowdoin College, DePauw  University, Union College, Pomona College, Colorado College, Denison University, Stanford University, Vanderbilt University, Emory University, Washington University in St. Louis, Hamilton College and Colgate University are a few of our partner schools.  We are constantly increasing our partnerships especially with smaller top-ranked schools.  These schools post high minority retention rates, offer generous financial award packages, and have high numbers of alumni who attend graduate school.

Application criteria:

  • The student must be an African American 8thgrader (students who have already started high school are not eligible to apply).
  • The student must reside in theChicagoland area and plan to attend a tuition-charging (private, parochial, or Independent) high school in the Chicagoland area.
  • The student must be highly motivated as evidenced by strong academic potential. Academic potential is determined by reviewing the student’s 7th and 8th grade report cards along with standardized test scores and teacher letters of recommendation.  Strong candidates have achieved mainly As and Bs in core subjects, have a proven track record of strong study habits, and have test scores that show strong academic ability, achievement, and aptitude. We are seeking students who have the potential to succeed in a challenging academic environment.

If you are a grammar school teacher/administrator, church, community based organization, etc., and would like to have a representative from LINK Unlimited come out to speak to a group of your students about this scholarship opportunity, please contact Tiffany McQueen, Director of Educational Programs at 312-225-5465.

Making Waves

Making Waves propels urban, low-income children to the highest levels of academic achievement and helps underserved students gain acceptance to college and graduate with a bachelor’s degree. Through Making Waves Academy in Richmond, California and the Making Waves Education Program in Richmond and San Francisco, Making Waves provides rigorous academic training, critical support services, and options to attend challenging schools to youth in fifth through twelfth grades. We also provide scholarships and counseling to our Wave-Makers throughout the college years, as well as professional mentoring and career advice to our alumni.

Minds Matter

Minds Matter serves high-achieving, low-income students in cities across the United States. Minds Matter is a meritocratic organization that rewards hard work, dedication and achievement, and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability. To ensure that Minds Matter reaches the most dedicated, talented, and deserving students, acceptance into Minds Matter is dependent on a rigorous and highly competitive application process.

Students are accepted into the Program as sophomores and juniors in high school; the average incoming GPA is 3.4 (on a 4.0 point scale) and the average adjusted family income is approximately $25,000. Many students are the first person in their family to attend college, and virtually none of them have parents who are college graduates.

All of Minds Matter’s sophomores and juniors attend academic summer programs at colleges and prep schools like Cornell University, Harvard University, and Philips Exeter Academy, as well as abroad in countries like Morocco, South Africa, and Spain. Because Minds Matter helps students apply for financial aid awards and raises funds to supplement financial aid, the program is of no cost to the students, their families, or their schools.

National College Advising Corps

National College Advising Corps, with headquarters at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill, works to increase the number of low-income, first-generation college and underrepresented students who enter and complete higher education.

By hiring and training recent graduates of partner college and universities as full-time college advisers and placing them in underserved high schools, the Advising Corps serves communities across the country to provide the advising and encouragement that many students need in order to navigate the complex web of college admissions, secure financial aid and raise the college-going rates within those schools.

To date, the Advising Corps has served more than 189,000 students since its inception in 2004.  In school year 2011-2012, 321 advisers representing 18 institutions of higher education in 14 states will reach over 110,000 students in 368 high schools.

Next General Venture Fund

Next General Venture Fund invests in academically talented young people by offering financial help and academic resources to qualified eighth-grade students, and continues to provide such services through their remaining pre-college years.

NGVF is a joint venture of:

Students who score at or above the 95th percentile on standardized tests normally taken in school are invited to participate in CTY’s Talent Search, during which they take an additional set of above-grade-level tests used to measure mathematical and verbal reasoning. Qualifying students may choose to enroll in CTY programs including summer residential programsonline courses, and one-day conferences. CTY also publishes Imagine, an award-winning periodical that is full of opportunities and resources for gifted students.

Academically eligible students are invited to participate in one of Duke TIP’s two annual Talent Searches which allow students to take above-level standardized tests to learn more about their intellectual abilities. Qualifying students may participate in Duke TIP Residential Summer Programs or e-Studies Programs which offer gifted students challenging courses suited to their advanced intellectual capacity and motivation. Duke TIP also offers Learn on your Own workbooks (grades 4-12) and CD-ROM Enrichment courses (grades 7-12) for self-paced, challenging independent study. In addition, participants receive a variety of academic resources including the Duke Gifted Letter , a newsletter for parents of the gifted, and the Educational Opportunity Guide , a directory of over 400 educational programs for gifted students.

Northwestern University’s Center for Talent Development (CTD) provides a variety of rigorous programs for academically talented youth in grades PreK to 12: summer residential and commuter programs, distance-learning options through Gifted LearningLinks, enrichment and credit-bearing courses at three Chicago-area sites through its Saturday Enrichment Program, and a citizenship and service-learning program, Civic Leadership Institute, located in Chicago.

Students qualify for programs and parents and educators get a more accurate understanding of students’ potential though CTD’s Midwest Academic Talent Search (MATS), an above-grade-level testing program for academically talented students. Every year nearly 31,000 students use MATS to help them understand their abilities and plan for their futures.

The Center for Bright Kids is the Regional Talent Center for the Rocky Mountain area. This seven-state region includes Colorado, Utah, Nevada, Idaho, New Mexico, Montana, and Wyoming. CBK offers K-12 enrichment and acceleration programming for high interest and high ability kids. Our focus is not only on how kids think and learn, but how they discover ways to navigate the world while thinking and learning differently. CBK is focused on providing safe spaces for kids to laugh and play while being intellectually challenged with intensive academic experiences and actively engaged in meaningful, authentic learning experiences.

NFTE

NFTE teaches entrepreneurship to young people from low-income communities to enhance their economic productivity by improving their business, academic, and life skills.  Since 1987, NFTE has reached over 140,000 youth and trained more than 3,700 Certified Entrepreneurship Teachers.  Currently NFTE has active programs in 31 states and 13 countries.

Oliver Scholars

Oliver Scholars selects highly motivated 7th-grade students of African-American and Latino descent and offers them the support and guidance they need to gain admission to some of the Northeast’s best independent schools and continues to support them through the college admissions process. Oliver Scholars attend two Summer Immersion Programs: one between 7th and 8th grade and one between 8th and 9th grade. These programs are designed to develop the academic, social, and leadership skills the Scholars will need to succeed in independent schools.

Philadelphia Futures

Philadelphia Futures prepares students from low-income families to enter and succeed in college by providing mentoring, academic enrichment, college guidance, and financial incentives. The Sponsor-A-Scholar (SAS) provides students from Philadelphia’s neighborhood high schools with the support and resources they need to achieve their dream of a college education. Beyond the SAS Program, Philadelphia Futures publishes the annual Step Up to College Guide – an invaluable resource for thousands of students across Philadelphia.

The POSSE Foundation

The POSSE Foundation identifies, recruits and trains public high school students with extraordinary academic and leadership potential to become Posse Scholars. These students—many of whom might have been overlooked by traditional college selection processes—receive four-year, full-tuition leadership scholarships from Posse’s partner institutions of higher education. Most important, Posse Scholars graduate at a rate of 90 percent and make a visible difference on campus and throughout their professional careers.

If you are a high school or a community-based organization that works with high school juniors/seniors in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Los Angeles, Miami, New Orleans, New York or Washington, D.C., and you are officially registered with your local Posse office, then you can nominate your students as early as their second semester junior year, in high school. Note that for each Posse location/city, the nomination process may begin in the spring. Please make sure you contact your local Posse office for details at the beginning of every year.

Each fall, students are nominated by high schools and community-based organizations for their leadership and academic potential. Posse partner colleges and universities award merit-based leadership scholarships to multicultural teams of 10 students each. These teams (Posses) attend college together.

Learn About the Nomination Process

Prep for Prep

Prep for Prep develops leaders through access to superior education and life-changing opportunities by identifying New York City’s most promising students of color and preparing them for placement at independent schools in the city and boarding schools throughout the Northeast. Once placed, Prep offers support and opportunities to ensure the academic accomplishment and personal growth of each one of our students.

Prep for Prep provides every student with an array of leadership development opportunities. These opportunities broaden students’ aspirations and awareness of life’s possibilities, while building each young person’s sense of self and personal potential.

Project Grad

Project Grad is a national nonprofit education reform model serving more than 134,000 economically disadvantaged youth in 213 schools across the nation. GRAD’s mission is to ensure a quality public education for economically disadvantaged students so that high school graduation and college entrance rates increase dramatically. GRAD follows a preK–16 comprehensive model of reform, bringing together technical, curricular, and professional development support to its partner school districts. GRAD provides a guaranteed college scholarship for all graduates of GRAD high schools who meet the following criteria:

  • Graduating in four years,
  • Maintaining a cumulative GPA of 2.5 or above, and
  • Successfully completing two Project GRAD-sponsored Summer Institutes with partner colleges and universities.

For more information on Project GRAD USA, please visit www.projectgrad.org.

Project Seed

Project Seed works in partnership with school districts, universities and corporations using mathematics to increase the educational options of urban youth, the program is still on the cutting edge. Project SEED employs highly trained mathematicians and master teachers who use a unique Socratic method of instruction to teach higher mathematics to entire classes of low-achieving students. Simultaneously, they provide teachers with state-of the-art professional development based on modeling and coaching.

Questbridge

Questbridge connects bright, motivated low-income students with educational and scholarship opportunities at some of the nation’s best colleges and universities. The QuestBridge college application process is the national expansion of an eight-year QuestLeadership Program which helps students gain admissions to top colleges as well as helping them through college and into their first jobs, graduate schools, and professional experiences.

QuestBridge is the provider of the College Prep Scholarship, the National College Match, and the Quest for Excellence Awards programs. Please read below for more information. QuestBridge’s goal is to reach every high-achieving, low-income student in America. Often, exceptional students remain separated from opportunity by a simple lack of information. QuestBridge, with your help, can find these students and connect them with opportunities that will enhance their futures.

Click here to refer a student.  Application deadline for students is in September of each year.

Rainer Scholars

Rainer Scholars invites 60 promising students of color each year to embark on an 11-year, life-changing journey. Each November, fifth grade students of color in the Seattle Public School District who passed the reading portion of their fourth-grade WASL exam receive a special letter—one inviting them to a meeting where they can learn about being a Rainier Scholar.

The Rainer Scholar program recruits students who have the greatest number of barriers to a college education. More than 80% of scholars qualify as low income. More than 85% come from households where they will be the first generation to attend college.

In addition to students who are invited to apply, students nominated by an adult may also apply. Students primarily live within the boundaries of the Seattle Public School District, but students who live outside the district may apply as well, provided that their families can provide them with transportation to Rainier Scholars classes, meetings, and events.

For more information, please contact Bob Hurlbut, Director of Recruitment at bobhurlbut@rainierscholars.org.

Schuler Scholars

Schuler Scholars accepts applications from students in the spring of their 8th grade year in school. Selected scholars receive an additional year of programming while in high school. A Schuler Outreach Coordinator serves as a liaison between the college scholars, Alumni and staff and provides guidance to the scholars as they navigate life in a place far from home.

SEO Scholars

SEO Scholars is a year-round, out-of-school, academically rigorous program that prepares motivated urban public high school students to earn admission and succeed at competitive colleges and universities. The Scholars Program adds the equivalent of 60 school days to the NYC public school calendar for its students each year.  Scholars dedicate 80% of their time at SEO to academics, with the remaining 20% spent on enrichment and leadership activities.

Please click here to view a video about the Scholars Program.

Student Search Service (SSS)

The CollegeBoard’s Student Search Service (SSS) helps introduce students to higher education and opportunities by offering them the ability to provide personal and preferential information to colleges and scholarship programs that are looking for students like them — all at no cost to the student.

When students take a College Board exam, they can choose to participate by actively opting in to SSS during the registration process. The vast majority of exam-takers opt in to SSS to receive information about admissions, financial aid and other postsecondary opportunities without being solicited by commercial entities.

College Board exams with SSS opt in options:

  • PSAT/NMSQT®
  • SAT®
  • AP® (Advanced Placement)
  • SAT Subject Tests™
  • PSSS (Preliminary SAT Scoring Service)

More than 1,100 colleges, universities and scholarship programs use SSS every year to find the right students for their programs, scholarships and special activities.

Summer Search

Summer Search identifies resilient low-income high school students and provides year-round mentoring by full-time trained staff builds students’ resilience, helping them learn to cultivate relationships, become self-reflective, and navigate the challenges in their lives. Provides full scholarships to summer experiential education programs like Outward Bound and the National Outdoor Leadership School strengthen students’ follow-through, leadership, and problem solving, all of which translates to success in high school and college.

The Teak Fellowship

The Teak Fellowship accepts 6th grade applicants who participate in a comprehensive six-month process, where applicants participate in several rounds of screening that include a financial assessment, diagnostic tests, a written application, and interviews. TEAK Fellowships are awarded based on both academic merit and financial need.

Eligibility criteria includes:

  • Be enrolled in sixth grade at the time of their application
  • Attend a public or parochial school in one of the five boroughs of NYC and be a NYC resident
  • Earn a scaled score of 690 or above on the 5th-grade NYS ELA exam and a scaled score of a 700 or above on the 5th-grade NYS math exam and/or scored in the 90th percentile on other standardized tests
  • Earn 90% or above in all classes

Each spring, TEAK accepts a 6th grade class into the Fellowship. They begin programming in the summer after sixth grade and attend intensive after-school and Saturday classes during their seventh grade year, participate in the Summer Institute following their seventh and eighth grade school years, and begin the High School Placement process by attending after-school and Saturday activities during their eighth grade school year. Fellows enter the Post-Placement program during high school and continue their Fellowship until they go to college.

If your child is currently in the 6th grade, and you would like additional information on how to apply to TEAK, please call the TEAK Admissions Inquiry line at (212) 288-6678 x290 or fill out the Admissions Info Request Form.

Venture Scholars

Venture Scholars is a national membership program designed to help underrepresented and first-generation college-bound students interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers link to information, resources, and opportunities that will help them successfully pursue their career goals.

The Program collaborates with colleges, universities, professional associations, and organizations nationwide (VSP Partners) and offers a variety of tools to link students to the partners’ information, resources, and opportunities. The Program also invites parents/guardians and guidance counselors to receive these resources, too!

White-Williams Scholars

White-Williams Scholars participate in the College Connection program offered to Scholars who wish to devote more time to exploring as well as strengthening their future pursuits. The program’s purpose is to engage these bright, motivated students during the pivotal and transitional year of ninth grade, and to keep them on track for graduation from high school and preparation for college.

Your Facebook Page Can Keep You From Getting Accepted!

According to a Kaplan Test Prep survey of college admissions officers, Facebook and social networking sites can influence a college’s admissions decision:

  • 24 percent indicated that they have visited applicants’ Facebook or other social networking pages to learn more about the applicant, up from 10 percent just 3 years ago.
  • 20 percent indicated that they had Googled applicants
  • 12 percent indicated that what they found had a negative impact on an applicant’s chances for admission

Some of the negative information that admission officers found included essay plagiarism, vulgarities, alcohol consumption in photos, and other types of “illegal activities.” The survey also found that colleges are increasingly using online tools and social networking as a recruitment tool:

  • 85 percent of colleges use Facebook
  • 66 percent use YouTube

College admission officers surveyed also indicated some important points for applicants to consider:

  • 53 percent indicated that the biggest applicant killer was a low high school GPA
  • 19 percent indicated that the second biggest applicant killer was a low SAT or ACT score
  • 4 percent indicated that nearly half of students “overreach” in applying to college
  • 42 percent indicated that the best way for applicants to get off of the waitlist is to demonstrate that they improved their GPA during the second half of their senior year

Get an Education so That You Can Get a Job!

Do not become one of the thousands of students going off to acquire a very expensive college education only to find themselves 4-6 years later unable to find a job and thousands of dollars in student loan debt. A recent study by the Accrediting Council for Independent Colleges and Schools, “Closing the Gap between Career Education & Employer Expectations” found that:

  • Only 7 percent of employers believe that colleges do an “Excellent” job in preparing students for the workplace with 39 percent indicating that students are “Fairly” of “Poorly” prepared
  • Only 16 percent of employers believe that applicants are “Very Well Prepared” while 21 percent indicate that applicants are “Unprepared”
  • 54 percent indicated difficulty in finding applicants with the necessary skills and knowledge

Most employers believe that college students simply fail to adequately prepare themselves to enter the workplace. They do not take the necessary classes to prepare for the workplace, they barely receive passing grades in classes such as business writing, Statistics, Calculus, and business communications, they do not gain the necessary job experience while in college, and they do not take advantage of the many summer internship opportunities available to them.

When selecting colleges today, students should be focused on where the jobs will be when they receive their degrees. Students should more carefully select the type of classes they take in college and the type of internships they experienced each summer to best prepare them for the job market after graduating from college. Students should keep in mind that a college degree only has value if the person holding the degree can bring value to an employer’s organization.

I received my BS from Northeastern University, which has one of the largest cooperative education programs in the world. At graduation, I had 18 months of full-time on-the-job experience with Andersen Consulting and found myself highly recruited by such companies as Andersen Consulting (now Accenture)Price Waterhouse CoopersTouche and Deloitte, and IBM. I eventually accepted a job offer with the IBM General Products Division in San Jose, California as a systems design engineer.

College Co-op Programs provide an excellent opportunity for students to gain a significant competitive edge upon graduation. Students may learn about cooperative education programs at the National Commission on Cooperative Education website and the NASA Co-Op Education Program website. When considering potential colleges ask about the types of employers participating in their cooperative education program, available internships, and visit the college’s recruitment office to see the type of jobs their graduates are entering into and the types of companies that they are working for.