Ongoing financial support and personalized guidance, designed to support first-generation college students, from college admission through the completion of their undergraduate studies.

First-generation low income students face many barriers in attaining their dream of being the first in their family to graduate from college. The Simon Scholars Program provides individualized college access guidance to prepare students to apply to college. As students are applying to college, the Simon Scholars Program advocates for each of our Scholars at the colleges where they apply.

While only 7% of first-generation, low income students attend highly selective colleges and universities, more than 40% of Simon Scholars attend highly selective colleges and universities. The stark difference is a result of the strong partnerships the Simon Scholars Program cultivates across the country to advocate and increase Simon Scholar success.

Upon completion of the two-year high school program, Simon Scholars are awarded a $16,000 last-dollar scholarship to use at any accredited 4-year college or university in the USA.

The Role Of Our College Partners

  • Priority access to college campuses during our tour season
  • Facilitation of workshops during our Leadership Symposium
  • Special consideration during the college admissions process
  • Priority access to college success programs on campus

Impact

First-Generation Low Income Students

25%*

Attend a 4-year university or college

Pell Grant Institute Study

11%*

Six Year Graduation Rate

Pell Grant Institute Study

7%**

Attend Highly Selective Colleges & Universities

Mobility Report Cards

Simon Scholars

95%

Attend a 4-year university or college

Class of 2019

92%

Six Year Graduation Rate

Class of 2014

45%

Attend Highly Selective Colleges & Universities

Class of 2019

Compared to national statistics regarding low-income first-generation college students, Simon Scholars are setting a new standard for admission and graduation rates at highly selective colleges and universities.

*Pell Grant Institute study of students who first enrolled fall 2003

**Mobility Report Cards, The Role of Colleges in Intergenerational Mobility 2017

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