Diversifying Higher Education – A Post Affirmative Action Path Forward
December 15th for all programs.
Yes, Thrive does not cost families any money to apply or participate in any of our programs. Your time, energy, and effort are the only commitments required.
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You should provide your parents 2022 IRS 1040 tax form. Should you have difficulties obtaining family household income verification in the form of a 1040, W2, or 1099, you can also provide an employment verification letter, including the annual income of the parent/s or guardian/s.
We only require the first page of the 1040, W2, or 1099 to verify annual income and everything except for the name, employer, and annual income should be blurred or blacked out.
No. Scholars are not able to earn college credit for their coursework completed during the summer programming. However, many top colleges and universities are familiar with Thrive Scholars and know that Thrive Scholar participants are well-prepared for college-level academic rigor.
Thrive Scholars reviews applications holistically. However, students who are accepted into our programs typically meet the following criteria:
Applicants who apply to Thrive can choose which program they want to be considered for. In Round One of our two-phase process, applicants choose which programs they’d like to be considered for, and tell us about themselves and their academic record, finances, interests, and aspirations.
If you are invited to Round Two, you will be asked to provide additional academic and personal information that aligns with the program you’re being considered for. Each program may ask for unique items, such as a letter of recommendation or an interview. Final admission decisions are typically made in early April. All applicants will receive a notification via email of admissions decisions throughout the process.
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You’ll need your latest transcript, completion of a short essay, counselor recommendation form, and income verification documents.
As part of our two-stage application process, applicants will back about whether or not they will advance to round II by late January. Round II candidates will receive final admission decisions by late March.
No, we do not offer renewable scholarships beyond the annual stipend. During your first year in the program, you will work directly with your College Access Manager (CAM), who will assist you with exploring no-loan/low-loan colleges and universities.
Absolutely! Throughout the Scholar journey, you can update or change your career pathway. Admission decisions are the same regardless of what pathway you select on your application.
Thrive Academies is a summer program that provides rigorous academic preparation on a world-class college campus in your community over the course of two summers starting in the summer after junior year of high school. Each summer students will participate in a six-week local day program that includes daily math and writing courses, in addition, to college admission support and community-building activities. While most of the engagement with Thrive Academies is during the summer, we also provide events during the academic year to keep students connected and engaged.
No, once you’ve enrolled in a program, you cannot switch to a different program. OnRamp Scholars can apply to both the Six-Year Program and their local Thrive Academy in 11th- grade.
Students will participate in daily writing and math courses, eat lunch in the dining hall and participate in community-building activities. Each week, students will also receive college admissions support and preparation.
Families are responsible for the transportation of their students so it’s really up to you. We are working on detailed transportation plans for New York and Los Angeles. Stay tuned for more!
Yes, applicants must be residents based in New York City or Los Angeles, where both programs will be hosted.
No. Once you indicate in your application that you live in NYC or LA, you will be asked if you would like to be considered for both the 6-Year Program and Thrive Academies by selecting from a picklist.
No, applicants applying to Thrive Academies will not complete a recorded interview.
Applicants will hear back by late January.
Yes. In the application, once you tell us you live in New York City or Los Angeles, you will be asked if you would like to be considered for both the 6-Year Program and Thrive Academies by selecting from a picklist. This option is only available to New York City or Los Angeles students.
Attendance at Thrive Academy is required to ensure our participants receive the full benefit of programming. You must be present during the entire six weeks.
“Black/Generational African American” is defined as the descendants of enslaved people in the United States. This phrase includes both the racial identity (“Black”) and specific ancestry (“Generational African American”) of individuals with at least one parent who is a descendant of enslaved people in the United States.
Students selected for OnRamp will not automatically enroll in Thrive’s 6-Year Program but will be encouraged and supported in completing applications to Thrive Scholars’ 6-Year Program during their junior year advising. Programmatic elements of OnRamp are developed to ensure OnRamp Scholars are most equipped to be successful 6- Year Program applicants.
Thrive Scholars, in its development of the OnRamp Program, is committed to the academic achievement, personal development, and persistent economic mobility of Black/Generational African-American males. In recognition of our inclusive and evolving understanding of gender identity, the OnRamp Program will consider all applicants who identify as male and Generational African-American, regardless of the gender assigned at birth.
No, the OnRamp Program’s six-week Summer Academy is required for all Scholars enrolled.
No. The OnRamp Program selection committee uses a holistic review process in reviewing applications. GPA matters, but it is one of several factors we consider when determining a strong OnRamp candidate.