High School

Thoughtfully designed for first-generation college bound students to ensure college readiness and success both academically and socially.

College Access

Our unique College Access program begins at the end of a student’s sophomore year and continues through high school graduation. We prepare our scholars for success by covering critical components of college admissions, leadership development, personal development, and career readiness. Our goal is to help scholars facing difficult life and economic circumstances to excel academically and socially so they can successfully enroll in college.

Our team of experienced College Access Coordinators provide personalized and effective advising to their cohorts of about 50 scholars. They provide comprehensive guidance to their scholars throughout 11th & 12th grade. Scholars are supported to explore good fit & match colleges, develop leadership skills, practice emotional intelligence, be exposed to various career options, and submit competitive college applications.

Workforce Development

Our College Access programming consists of workforce development topics to prepare our scholars to obtain a meaningful and fulfilling career. We embed professional development topics within our structure and have regular one-on-one conversations about exploration, major selection, and career interests. Within our program, scholars have the opportunity to reflect, become more self-aware and explore different options. We support our scholars to ensure they have well developed resumes, cover letters, and understand the foundations of how to stand out in the application and in the interview. Our program also provides our scholars several opportunities to establish a network of peers, upperclassmen, alumni and professionals in diverse fields.

Simon Scholars

Our College Access Approach

  1. Personalized college advising sessions
  2. Bi-weekly evidence based afterschool programming
  3. Fair but firm accountability structure
  4. External scholarship opportunities
  5. Peer & professional network
  6. Family & community support
Cultivating Leaders


COllege Access

Leadership Development

Personal Development

Career Readiness

Unique Experiences


Our meaningful events are designed to inspire, challenge, and empower, paving the way for meaningful personal and academic growth for our scholars.

Dive into the highlights of our Fall Retreat! Our scholars took a break from screens and dove into a weekend of outdoor challenges, team building, and self-discovery. Watch to see the moments that define our program!


Our application cycle for this year
is now closed.

If you have questions about your application for this cycle please email your questions to recruitment@simonscholars.org.

If you’re interested in becoming a Simon Scholar join our interest list and we’ll be in touch.