This resource list is not an endorsement of any organization. It is an effort to assist you in finding programs that may be helpful to you.
Talent Search Organizations
Talent Center Map
Duke University Talent Identification Program: Provided by one of the Foundation's partners in the Young Scholars Program, the site includes information about TIP and application materials. This resource directory is available exclusively for participants in the Duke TIP talent search program. Contact Duke TIP for more information. Jack Kent Cooke Foundation Young Scholar educational advisers also have access to the print version of the opportunity guide.
Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth: Provided by one of the Foundation's partners in the Young Scholars Program, the site includes information about the Center for Talented Youth and links to other programs serving gifted children.
Northwestern University Center for Talent Development: Provided by one of the Foundation's partners in the Young Scholars Program, this site includes application and other materials related to the center.
Center for Bright Kids Regional Talent Center: Provided by one of the Foundation’s partners in the Young Scholars Program, the site includes information about programs for gifted children in the Rocky Mountain states.
College of William and Mary Center for Gifted Children: Provides links to programs and organizations serving gifted children.
Davidson Institute for Talent Development: Provides information and resources to recognize, nurture, and support profoundly intelligent young people.
Vanderbilt University Programs for Talented Youth: Offers summer academic programs for gifted middle and high school students including a three-week summer residential program for gifted students in grades 7-11, as well as programs for talented children, grades K-12, and for their families and educators.
The Education Program for Gifted Youth (EPGY) at Stanford University is a continuing project dedicated to developing and offering multimedia computer-based distance-learning courses for high-ability students of all ages, providing an individualized educational experience, optimized in both pace and content.
The Gifted Child Society: Provides educational enrichment and support services specifically designed for gifted children and assistance to parents in raising gifted children to full and productive adulthood.
Hoagies: Offers extensive resources and information for gifted students and their parents.
National Association for Gifted Children: Trains teachers, encourages parents, and educates administrators and policymakers on how to develop and support gifted children.
National Research Center on the Gifted and Talented: The research center's current five-year research plan will lead to empirical and descriptive understandings of "what works in gifted education."
Supporting Emotional Needs of the Gifted (SENG): Dedicated to fostering environments in which gifted adults and children, in all their diversity, understand and accept themselves and are understood, valued, nurtured, and supported by their families, schools, workplaces and communities.
The Council for Exceptional Children (CEC): The largest international professional organization dedicated to improving educational outcomes for individuals with exceptionalities, students with disabilities, and/or the gifted.
Other Resources – National
A Better Chance: The oldest and only national organization providing access to rigorous and prestigious educational opportunities for academically talented youth of color in grades 6-12. Their mission is to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society.
AVID, Advancement Via Individual Determination: A college readiness system for elementary through postsecondary students that is designed to increase schoolwide learning and performance. The AVID College Readiness System (ACRS) accelerates student learning, uses research based methods of effective instruction, provides meaningful and motivational professional learning, and acts as a catalyst for systemic reform and change.
Children's Scholarship Fund: Offers tuition assistance and promotes a diverse and competitive educational environment.
College Board: Provides programs and services in college admissions, guidance, assessment, financial aid, enrollment, and teaching and learning.
The Foundation Center: Provides a wealth of resources and services for individual grant seekers, including those seeking scholarships and financial aid of various kinds.
Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA): A national organization committed to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students of modest means. LEDA's goal is to diversify leadership in America by providing low-income students who are currently under-represented in this country's leadership structure access to the nation's top colleges and universities.
The MusicLink Foundation: Provides long-term musical training and opportunities to promising students with financial need across the country.
Peerlift is a non-profit website created by current college undergraduate students. The organization has crowdsourced hundreds of opportunities from recent high school graduates all over the country, so you can be confident that these resources are reliable. Not only do they share scholarships, but they also have a comprehensive list of internships, college fly-in programs, summer programs, and awards. Most importantly, all of their opportunities are guaranteed to offer significant financial aid.
National College Access Network (NCAN) is a membership-based organization that supports states, nonprofit organizations, schools, higher education institutions, philanthropists, and the business community provide better college access and persistence support to low-income and underrepresented students.
National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA): A membership organization for programs committed to increasing educational opportunities for motivated underserved students across the United States. Member organizations work to provide underrepresented students with academic preparation, placement services and counseling, and ongoing support to ensure enrollment at and graduation from four-year colleges. Member organizations share a commitment to educational access and opportunity.
Other Resources - Regional or Local
The Aspire Program (OH): A tuition-free academic and leadership program that connects Hathaway Brown School with under-resourced public schools around Cleveland. The program targets high-achieving girls limited in opportunity because of low family income and lack of exposure to higher education. At Aspire these students are mentored by a dedicated group of high school and college students whose teaching talent is being cultivated to bring new ideas and change to schools.
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust (B.E.S.T) (MD): Encourages, supports, and increases educational opportunities for talented, economically disadvantaged African-American students from the Baltimore metropolitan area.
Bottom Line (MA, NY): Dedicated to helping disadvantaged students get in to college, graduate from college, and go far in life. The organization achieves this mission by providing low-income and first-generation students with one-on-one guidance through the application process and during college.
Buffalo Prep (NY): Prepares intellectually bright and motivated students among the economically disadvantaged youth of African American, Hispanic, and Native American communities. Buffalo Prep teaches tools for future success in local private high schools and highly competitive colleges and universities. Buffalo Prep engages students in mathematics, science, language arts, technology, and social science.
Capital Partners for Education (DC, MD, VA): Effectively improves the futures of low-income, high-achieving youth by helping them receive a quality education, graduate from high school, and attend college. CPE is the only youth organization in the Washington metropolitan area that provides students with a combination of private high school scholarships, adult mentors, and academic support and enrichment opportunities.
Fulfillment Fund (CA): Helps promising, yet educationally underserved and economically disadvantaged students achieve high school graduation and access to and completion of higher education through programs that also produce systemic change.
Hartford Youth Scholars Foundation (CT): Dedicated to strengthening the city of Hartford by developing and implementing academic programs that increase college access for Hartford schoolchildren. HYSF's first initiative, The Steppingstone Academy Hartford, prepares highly motivated students for admission to and success at Connecticut's top independent high schools.
Highsight (IL): A nonprofit organization that provides scholarships, tutoring, mentoring, leadership development and college readiness programs for students to attend and succeed at private high schools in Chicago. There are currently more than 130 students in 24 high schools who receive tuition assistance and academic support from HighSight. Applications are for students currently in the 8th grade.
The Independent School Alliance (CA): An organization of 48 private independent elementary and secondary schools that want to increase their diversity. The Alliance provides assistance to families of color with the application process to its member schools. The Alliance counsels families on appropriate school choice; entrance testing information and (if necessary) how to apply for financial aid. Additionally, the Alliance provides a variety of support programs and acts as a resource to member schools on issues of diversity and multiculturalism.
JUMA Ventures (CA,LA, WA): A youth program designed to help high school students get into and graduate from college. The program provides job skills training and part-time employment, financial guidance, funds to match your college savings, college campus tours, college application and financial aid help, tutoring, SAT prep, and support through college completion.
NJ SEEDS (NJ): Prepares academically motivated high school students for admission to selective four-year colleges. CPP provides academic enrichment, SAT preparation, cultural enrichment, leadership retreats, exposure to a variety of top-tier colleges and universities, and assistance with the college admissions and financial aid processes.
Steppingstone Scholars, Inc. (PA): Founded on the premise that regardless of circumstance, children can achieve at superior level if they are given the support and tools they need to succeed. Steppingstone helps children obtain educational opportunities they could not have realized on their own. Through hard work and dedication, scholars are enabled to change their path, impacting their own lives and enriching the lives of others.
Summer Search (CA, MA, NY, PA, WA): Seeks resilient low-income high school students and inspires them to become responsible and altruistic leaders by providing year-round mentoring, life-changing summer experiences, college advising, and a lasting support network.
The University of Chicago Collegiate Scholars Program (IL): Founded in 2003 as a three-year program that aims to prepare talented Chicago Public Schools students in grades 10-12 for admission and success at the nation’s top colleges and universities.
Yes Prep Public Schools (TX): Exists to increase the number of low-income Houstonians who graduate from a four-year college prepared to compete in the global marketplace and committed to improving disadvantaged communities.
For more information about college preparatory programs in your state, search MoveED, a national directory of college access programs.