SEO Scholars is a free eight-year academic program that prepares low-income public high school students for admission to the nation’s most competitive colleges—and supports them through college graduation.
In high school, students receive intensive year-round academic preparation via a carefully-calibrated, rigorously-assessed course of supplemental education. Saturday, summer and after-school classes provide the equivalent of 2.5+ years of instruction in English and 1.5+ years of instruction in math.
In college, students are supported through each of their four years. Direct ongoing counseling provides one-on-one academic, personal and career exploration support.
Who are SEO Scholars?
SEO Scholars serves 536 high school students in New York City and San Francisco–plus 271 college students at 113 different schools across 22 states. As of March 2014.
High School Scholars
- Attend urban public high schools in New York City and San Francisco
- Hold at least a 75% GPA in New York City and at least a 2.0 GPA in San Francisco
- Come from families whose median income is well below the poverty line ($21,819 is the median family income for our Scholars in New York City). The average family size is four, though nearly half of our Scholars are from single-parent households.
- 100% are accepted to four-year colleges
- 80% are the first generation in their families to attend a four-year college or university
- On average, Scholars maintain a “B” average in college
- 95% graduate college within 6 years, versus 54% of all college students who graduate in 6 years
- 80% graduate college in 4 years