In high schools today, a majority of resources and attention go to the top and bottom students of the class. We believe that there are many students in the middle who show every sign of potential for success in post-secondary education, but for any number of reasons may not pursue it. By identifying those students and giving them the attention, guidance, tools, resources, and encouragement to pursue and become successful in post-secondary education and life after high school, we are not only making a major difference in these students' lives, but also investing in the future of our communities.
The Dollars for Scholars program works-program graduates are enrolling in and progressing through post-secondary education at a rate well above their peers. In addition, approximately 74% of 2017's student participants are first-generation post-secondary attendees, and 88% of 2017 students come from families with an annual household income of $60,000 or less.
Dollars for Scholars is more than just a scholarship program. Over the course of a student's involvement from tenth through twelfth grade, Dollars for Scholars provides students with the guidance and experiences they need to be active and engaged participants in their own journey on the pathway to higher education. Examples of programming include campus visits, a post-secondary decision day, two etiquette trainings, 10 hours of SAT prep from The Princeton Review, FAFSA and post-secondary application assistance and more.
At each partner high school, Dollars for Scholars works with approximately 10 sophomores, 10 juniors and 10 seniors from each grade level. With over 500 applications submitted every year for approximately 130 openings, students are working hard to be considered for the program. Upon high school graduation, students are eligible for a $4,000 scholarship to be used at any accredited post-secondary institution and are encouraged to participate in the alumni council and network.
To review the 2017-2018 Dollars for Scholars Activities Calendar, click here.