Diversifying Higher Education – A Post Affirmative Action Path Forward
The New York Metro area, New Jersey, and Long Island make up some of the most populous and most diverse areas in the United States. New York City, home to Wall Street, is also one of the wealthiest cities in the world, yet a majority of students come from underserved, under-resourced communities.
Today, there are more than 1,055,000 students in the NYC school system, the largest school district in the United States. Of those students:
are economically disadvantaged
identify as students of color– 41% Hispanic/ Latino, 24% Black/ African American, 17% Asian
With only one guidance counselor for every 300 students in NYC schools, talented students need full support to succeed at top colleges, and Thrive Scholars has a solution.
Starting with a high school student’s junior year, our program prepares and supports high-achieving underrepresented students in the New York metro area to get into the nation’s Top 100 colleges and graduate with the career skills, experience, and social networks they need to thrive at the most innovative companies.
That’s why, as part of our strategic national expansion to serve as many students of color as possible, Thrive Scholars opens its doors in New York City to reach tomorrow’s leaders.
Some of the colleges Thrive Scholars attend
Create a lasting impact in building a more diverse and equitable workforce by empowering students from New York with the resources and support necessary to thrive. You can make a difference in multiple ways, such as donating, volunteering, or joining our regional corporate partnership program.
How Your Company Can Help Diverse Scholars Thrive Thrive Scholars offers a unique opportunity for innovative organizations to partner with us in creating a pipeline of exceptional and diverse talent. Our collaborative process aims to develop outcome-driven regional corporate partnerships that inspire deeper staff engagement and drive positive social change while supporting your organization’s diversity and inclusion goals.
Sponsor Diverse Talent Your company can support local Scholars through our program by sponsoring a cohort each year. As “Company Name” Thrive Scholars, these students will gain valuable guidance and exposure to careers that align with your company’s success.
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Williams College, Class of 2026
Being a first-gen from the Bronx, my family always supported me through my studies however they were unfamiliar with the college process and the steps I needed to take. Thrive provided me not only with counselors who knew the process but also a community of people to share my progress with. I thank Thrive for the people it has surrounded me with and the opportunities I have earned through them.
VP, Sustainability Zone North America Nestle, GC & Head of Sustainability, Nespresso USA
At Nespresso, one of the most significant ways that we support our communities is through collaborations with high-impact organizations such as Thrive Scholars that have proven to make a difference in bridging the educational gap of our nation’s future leaders.
Thanks to our supporters in New York. Our expansion into New York would not be possible without the generous seed funding from leading corporations and foundations. By supporting the area’s most talented and ambitious students of color today, our partners are helping these Scholars to become the professional, business, and civic leaders of tomorrow.
*These companies also participate in our Corporate Sponsorship Program.
Contact our New York Executive Director
Meet the changemakers who are transforming the lives of students through Thrive Scholars in New York.