Opportunity Gap Limited knowledge of post college career paths, exposure to corporate culture, or the professional network that opens doors.
Gap Impact Only 10% of people born into poverty will ever earn a six-figure salary. Just 5% for people of color. And though over a third of the country’s population, only 3% of Fortune 500 CEOs, 5% of senior executives, and 10% of engineers are Black or Latinx
Thrive Scholars Solution One-to-one career coaching over multiple years, hard and soft career skills development, and access to our network of corporate partnerships for internships and jobs.
Our Impact Our Scholars get hired at the world’s most innovative companies and earn starting salaries equal to those of their elite-college peers.
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Opportunity Gap Access to a network of college graduates who can share knowledge about the college experience.
Gap Impact Less than ½ of high-achieving, low-income high school students graduate from any 4-year college.
Thrive Scholars Solution One-on-one mentoring, academic support as needed, and professional career counseling during college.
Our Impact A full 98% of Thrive Scholars graduate — outperforming all student demographics academically along the way.
“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
Opportunity Gap Access to rigorous high school coursework, preparation, support, or the out-of-school academic opportunities more privileged students enjoy.
Gap Impact Average grades below a 3.0, STEM persistence of 20%
Thrive Scholars Solution Summer Academy. Two summers of six-week, residential academic boot camp. Over 350 hours of college-level instruction targeting math, writing, and critical thinking skills.
Our Impact Thrive Scholars earn a 3.4 average GPA and 65% persist in difficult STEM majors, outperforming more privileged students at the same elite colleges.
“I knew as a Black male coming from a low-income single parent household in Hyde Park, 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
Opportunity Gap Access to college admissions counselors who can support college planning and a pathway to top colleges. Generally first-generation, few Scholars consider out-of-state colleges.
Gap Impact Less than ½ of high-achieving, low-income students apply to even one top college
Thrive Scholars Solution In-depth college advising program with selective college admissions experts, complete with one-on-one counseling and campus visits to target “best fit” elite colleges.
Our Impact Over 90% of our Scholars go to Top 100 Colleges. Over 80% of our Scholars go to Top 50 Colleges. Over 40% of our Scholars go to Ivy League+ colleges.
“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
“SCS Noonan reflects the best practices of a “next generation” CBO in its organizational structure and student service programs. SCS Noonan is more forward looking than many through its commitment to help students exceed college access and sustain a laser focus on successful college completion.” -James Washington Jr., Director of Admission for Strategic Initiatives, Dartmouth College