How to Apply

It’s Time to Thrive

Our program equips high-achieving, underrepresented students to thrive at top colleges and meaningful careers. If you’re ready to forge your own extraordinary future, let’s talk.

Start Your Application: Core Program

This application is for our flagship program that admits students during their junior year of high school, supports them as they apply to college, and prepares them to pursue their career goals.


On-Ramp Program

We have made the decision to delay the launch of the new On-Ramp program by a year. As we’ve shared information about the program with students and parents, we have heard feedback that, with the ongoing pandemic and after a tough couple of school years, parents have concerns about sending their high school sophomores away for six weeks over the summer. After carefully considering this feedback, we have made the difficult decision to delay the launch of On-Ramp until next year. We encourage interested applicants to consider applying to our Core Program once they are in the 11th grade.

If you have any questions at all, please don’t hesitate to reach out to us here. 

Update on Summer Academy 2022

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Thrive Scholar. As of now, Summer Academy 2022 will be fully in person at Amherst College. We will continue to monitor the public health situation to determine whether a residential program is safe and feasible, or if we need to convert to a virtual program as we did for 2020 and 2021.

Applying to Thrive Scholars is not binding. You can always withdraw your application or decline acceptance if you are not comfortable with the program format we ultimately decide on.

How to Apply

Below are the general steps and key dates for applying to become a Thrive Scholar.

Application Process

  • Step 1

    Schedule Info Session

  • Our program provides six years of support from your junior year high school to your early career. That’s unique. It’s how we get the results our Scholars want. Naturally, you may have questions. Sign up for your Info Session, and let’s get started. Info Sessions are not required, but we strongly recommend them.

  • Step 2

    Complete Application

  • Submit application and supporting documents. This is your opportunity to share a bit about yourself, including academics, finances, interests, and aspirations. So you can put your best foot forward, be sure to give yourself ample time to finish the application.

  • Step 3

    Application Review

  • Our team of career and college experts huddles up to consider all applications. After careful review, only a select group of potential Scholars will be invited to continue the application process.

  • Step 4

    Submit Recommendations

  • Those invited to continue with the process will be asked to submit additional academic and personal information, including two letters of recommendation.

  • Step 5

    Attend Interview

  • Don’t worry. This is the fun part. Finalists can ask questions of the Thrive Scholars team, and we get to learn more about you. Why do you want to be a Thrive Scholar? What inspires you? What are your dreams and goals for college and beyond?

  • Step 6

    Your Extraordinary Future Begins

  • If accepted, your journey to college and career success begins. You’ll get six years of support, including rigorous academic preparation, college admissions guidance, one-on-one mentoring, career skills development, and a professional network.

Key Dates

Application Deadline: January 5, 2022

Now accepting applications.

By Invitation Only: February 1 – 21, 2022

Only select applicants will move on.

Thrive Scholars Announced: Early April 2022

Final admission decisions will be made, and recipients notified.

If you have any questions, we’re always here to assist.

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