Pro bono college advising for lower-income and first-generation students.

Applications for the 2021 cycle have closed. Final decisions were released on July 30th.
100 Exceptional Students
Completely Free
Detailed College App Guidance
Peer-Advisor Engagement
Committed to Inclusivity & Diversity
Excellent Support

How It Works

The Scholars Program was designed to bolster our commitment to equity and accessibility in higher education. Each year, the program provides free, comprehensive admissions support to 100 high school students with demonstrated financial need. Those students are often also first-generation college applicants and/or from historically underrepresented communities. 

Each Scholar is matched with a primary advisor who provides dedicated support on all aspects of the admissions process. Throughout the year, the Scholar will work with their advisor to develop their essays, prepare for interviews, finalize their college list, and more. Scholars will also attend a series of webinars designed to guide them through every application milestone. 

The Scholars Program is designed to help each student develop their Common Application or Coalition Application, as well as 1-2 school-specific supplements. However, we recognize that each student’s needs will vary, and we are committed to supporting the individual needs of each Scholar throughout their admissions journey. 

Our Student Success


“Oh—money.” That was what Scholar Azeeza was most worried about when starting the college application process. Now, she has matriculated to the University of Pennsylvania, where she has received a full, four-year scholarship.Azeeza was born in North Sudan, in a small village called Kosti. She moved to the US through an immigration lottery with her family when she was four years old. They first lived in Clearwater, Florida before finally settling down in Tampa.
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From a young age, CollegeAdvisor Scholar Youssef has been fascinated by the stars. Now, he’s headed to Northwestern on a four-year scholarship through Questbridge to study mechanical engineering and astrophysics.
“I’ve always wanted to be an astronaut for NASA,” Youssef said. “There’s something about space that fascinates me. I know every specific field has its mysteries — if you want to be a doctor, you want to find a cure for cancer. But I feel like space is the biggest mystery.”
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When CollegeAdvisor Scholar Chinedu got into Dartmouth, he was literally jumping for joy — after making sure he was on mute in his Zoom class, of course.
Chinedu was born in Nigeria and now lives with his family in Bowie, Maryland. He developed an early interest in biology after seeing a friend get ringworm on his hand. Chinedu remembers being fascinated by the ringworm itself as well as by the process of treating the infection.

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Applications have closed.

Decisions were released on July 30th.