Core Program Application

Thank you for your interest in becoming a Thrive Scholar. Our two-stage application process is open!  There are several essay questions as well as academic and financial documents that you need to prepare. Please make sure you give yourself enough time to complete it.

Thrive Scholars reviews applications holistically and does not have absolute requirements for admission. However, students who are accepted into the program typically meet the following criteria:

  • Currently enrolled as a junior in high school
  • SAT or PSAT score of 1200+ / ACT or Pre-ACT score of 25+ (*if available)
  • Household income at or below $75,000
  • Identify as one of the following
    • A first-generation college student
    • A student of color

*In response to the global pandemic and its continuing impact on student access to standardized tests, Thrive Scholars is reviewing applications with a test-optional policy. Since many students will not have test scores to report, we will focus more on a student’s grades and academic rigor within the context of what their school offers (AP, IB, Dual Enrollment, etc.).

Also, we are planning to be fully in person at this point, but will continue to monitor the public health situation to determine whether that is safe and feasible, or if we need to convert to a virtual program as we did for 2020 and 2021. We encourage you to apply as these decisions continue to take shape and rest assured that you can withdraw your application or decline an acceptance from us if you are not comfortable with the format that we ultimately decide on.

Join us for an overview of our programming, a discussion about our application process, and speak directly with current Thrive Scholars and staff.

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Application Process and Key Dates


Round One

The application is NOW CLOSED for 2022!

In this first stage, applicants tell us about themselves, including academics, finances, interests, and aspirations.

Round Two

By invitation only, takes place from February 1st -21st, 2022

The second stage of the application includes additional academic and personal information, two letters of recommendation, and an interview.

Final admission decisions will be made in early April 2022.


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

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