Exceptional minds. Extraordinary futures.
We provide high-achieving, low-income students of color with the opportunities they need to thrive at top colleges and in meaningful careers.
This is Thriving
Unequal Opportunity Drives Our Unequal Society
Our nation’s corporate leadership and advanced workforce is not representative of our society.
While 13% of Americans are Black and 18% are Latinx, their numbers are not represented within our nation’s corporate leadership and advanced workforce.
Fortune 500 Executives
1% Black
2% Latinx
Law Firm Partners
2% Black
3% Latinx
Scientists & Engineers
5% Black
6% Latinx
Doctors
6% Black
7% Latinx
Unless We Change This Narrative – We All Lose
The impact of this underrepresentation is devastating.
Poverty
21% of Black Americans and 19% of Latinx Americans live in poverty, compared to 8% of white Americans.
Lack of Upward Mobility
Only 10% of all Americans born into poverty will ever earn a six-figure salary, and for people of color, it's worse - 7.1% for Latinx individuals and 2.5% for Black individuals.
Job Quality
58% of white workers have jobs that pay family sustaining earnings, compared to 41% of Black workers and 37% of Latinx workers.
Wealth
The average financial net worth of a white family ($171,000) is nearly 10x that of the average for a Black family ($17,150) and 8x the average for a Latinx family ($20,720).
Systemic Solutions Require Higher Expectations

Our society has been struggling with this challenge for decades — and failing. That’s because we champion college graduation as the ultimate goal for even our most talented individuals of color. And that’s part of the problem. It’s not enough. That bar is set too low.

It takes more than a college degree to get into a top law school or business school. More than a diploma to be a successful engineer, doctor, or scientist. Where you go to college matters. Grades matter. Majors matter. Career skills matter. And connections matter.

Five Core Pillars Drive our Success
By providing opportunities at key inflection points, we’re changing outcomes for our most talented low-income students of color. We provide six years of total supports from high school to early career, including:
Our Program Makes the Difference
Becoming a Thrive Scholar delivers clear benefits for high-achieving, low-income students of color.
Scholar and Partner Testimonials

I knew as a Black male coming from a low-income, single parent household, there were many adjustments I would have to make. Thrive Scholars ensured I was academically prepared. That meant instead of focusing on mere survival in college, I could focus on embracing those opportunities I needed to flourish.

- Ericardo, Harvard Class of 2019, Deloitte

If I don’t graduate and get the right degree I will have the passion but not the hard skills and tools I need to help me get where I want to get to. And Thrive Scholars has given me the support I need to make sure I know I can do it. They are another family – it helps to know that there are people, besides my immediate family, that are behind me who want me to do well.

- Wilna, Tufts Class of 2018, MPH from Columbia 2020

There are many programs claiming to do similar work, and what you need to know is that this one is unique. It is the only one I know of that looks beyond college graduation. The Summer Academy is the only program I know of around the country that immerses students in over 200 hours of calculus and writing instruction. And it has worked — over 70% of their students graduate with STEM degrees. I know of no other similar program with that data. Based on their success, their model, their willingness to let data guide the way, and their leadership, I can unequivocally say that they have the people and program to change the world.

- Michael Quick, Former Provost, University of Southern California

Through our decade-long corporate sponsorship, our leaders are mentors to talented, diverse and brilliant young individuals who thrive as they develop skills, confidence and access to opportunities. Our partnership has strengthened our organization and added talented diversity with future leadership potential to our team.

- Kari Van Gundy, CEO, Zenith Insurance Company
Our Covid-19 Response
Social distancing presents a unique set of challenges and risks for a high-touch, personalized program model like ours. Whatever the situation demands, our first priority will always be the needs and success of our Scholars. Our focus is on ensuring our Scholars receive whatever support they require, including:
  • Provide expert admissions guidance virtually to high school students
  • Support our Scholars so they can maximize their remote learning environments
  • Provide one-on-one virtual coaching and counseling
  • Implement a virtual Summer Academy to replace on-site academy typically at USC and Amherst
  • Collaborate with companies to make virtual internship experiences available
  • Provide financial assistance when students don’t have access to on campus jobs or meal plans or face other challenges