Advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need

Guiding Principles

High-achieving, low-income students need support to ensure that they thrive in school and beyond.  Based on more than a decade of experience, we understand what such students need in order to realize their academic potential. 

Research shows:

  • There is a profound and widening excellence gap through elementary and secondary school.
  • High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to pursue rigorous coursework or to score highly on achievement tests.
  • High-achieving, low-income students are less likely to apply to or enroll in highly competitive colleges and less likely to complete college than their low achieving, high-income peers.
  • High-achieving, low-income students often exist in isolation.

As a result, high-achieving, low-income students need:

  • to be academically challenged and inspired during school, after school, and in the summers. 
  • information about how to successfully navigate transitions to high school and college and prepare for, identify, and apply to competitive colleges.
  • financial resources that enable them to develop their academic and artistic talents.
  • a peer community that challenges, supports, and inspires them.

Therefore, we

  • challenge and inspire by
    • ensuring that our Scholars have access to rigorous curricula in high school and college and engage in meaningful, high- quality educational experiences.
    • ensuring, through grants, that high-achieving, low-income students throughout the country have access to meaningful, high-quality educational experiences.
  • provide information by
    • counseling and guiding our Scholars about how to apply for, select, pay for, and navigate a college that is the best fit.
    • supporting organizations and institutions through grants that advise students about how to apply for, select, and pay for a college that is the best fit.
  • provide financial resources by
    • providing among the most generous scholarships in the nation for students in high school, college, and graduate school.
    • providing grants to organizations so that high-achieving, low-income students can participate in high-quality summer and arts programming.
  • provide a peer community by
    • connecting our Scholars to one another through in-person events, mentoring opportunities, and online communities.   P 703-723-8000   F 703-723-8030   44325 Woodridge Parkway, Lansdowne, VA 20176
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