High School Resources
Please see our Summer Opportuniites page for high school students.
For Scholarships available to high school students, please go to our Scholarships page.
The following organizations provide assistance to high school aged students and their families. If you would like to recommend additional resources, please contact us.
All descriptions, unless otherwise noted, come directly from the organizations whose links are provided. A Better Chance does not certify the accuracy of this relayed information.
The ASPIRA Association, Inc.
A national nonprofit organization devoted to the education and leadership development of Puerto Rican and other Latino youth.
The Association of Boarding Schools
Association of Military Colleges and Schools of the United States
Association of Waldorf Schools of North America
Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
Recruits students of color for Baltimore-area independent schools.
Contact: Baltimore Educational Scholarship Trust
808 North Charles Street, Suite 200C, Baltimore, MD 21201, (410) 752-2225
Bay Area Multicultural Alliance
Offers summer programs to students of color interested in independent education.
Contact: Bay Area Multicultural Alliance, c/o Branson School
Box 887, Ross, CA 94957, (415) 454-3612
Black Student Fund
Provides financial assistance and support services to Washington metropolitan area African-American students, grades pre-kindergarten to 12, and their families.
This school is dedicated to educating gifted and highly gifted students who have mild to moderate attention, non-verbal, processing and/or other learning differences or disabilities that make learning challenging. It is located in Studio City, CA and serves students in grades 5-12.
Cornell's CURIE Academy
A one week residential summer program for current sophomore and junior high school girls who excel in math and science and want to learn more about careers in engineering is seeking applications. Applications from all girls are welcome; especially encouraged are applications from girls who belong to severely underrepresented groups in STEM fields. Students should visit http://www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie to apply. The Program Coordinator is Char Jeffris. He can be reached at email@example.com or (607) 255-0735.
Council for Advancement and Support of Education (CASE)
The Council for Religion in Independent Schools
PO Box 40613, Washington, DC 20016, (202) 342-1661
A Comprehensive study abroad and cultural exchange portal. Learn about the benefits of going abroad and the tools to get you there. Get advice and connect with other students going abroad. Search for International Scholarships and explore study abroad and other international programs. Get access to health and safety tips and our parent's guide to study abroad.
Educational Advisory Services International
Contact: Educational Advisory Services International
1101 Market Street, Suite 2300, Philadelphia, PA 19107, (215) 928-0900
The Glenholme School
Glenholme combines a traditional boarding school experience and therapeutic atmosphere complemented by a positive, motivational program devoted to young people who struggle with Asperger’s, depression, anxiety and various learning differences. The school offers challenging extracurricular courses designed to instruct students to achieve competence, socially and academically.
Global Leadership Adventures: High School International Service Learning
Global Leadership Adventures (GLA) offers high school students around the world innovative international summer adventures that instill values of leadership while volunteering side by side with local people on social projects. The unique GLA Experience is offered in Brazil, Costa Rica and South Africa. This unique opportunity provides students with a deeper exploration of a country and a greater understanding of the world around them. In essence, the GLA Experience changes lives by enabling students to safely explore new cultures, serve communities in-need and challenge themselves with new ways of thinking. To learn more about joining GLA in Brazil, Costa Rica or South Africa visit www.experienceGLA.com.
Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs
Contact: Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs
1545 Wilshire Blvd., Suite 711, Los Angeles, CA 90017, (213) 484-2411
Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority Inc.
As the first major undertaking of Project H.A.C.E.R. (Hermanas for the Advancement of Career and Educational Resources), Young Scholars with FLAVA! aims to bridge the "digital divide" by providing young adults of color with personal computers and software to increase access to and awareness of the World Wide Web. High school seniors and first year college students are asked to answer an essay on how technology can add "Flava" to their community. Of all entries received, five winners will receive a personal computer and software courtesy of Latinas Promoviendo Comunidad/Lambda Pi Chi Sorority, Inc. and LatinFlava.com.
National Association for Gifted Children
National Association of Independent Schools
National Partnership for Educational Access
NPEA is a membership association dedicated to promoting quality, success, and growth for member organizations, partner schools, and communities committed to educational access. NPEA members work in collaboration with college preparatory schools to provide underrepresented students with academic preparation, placement services and counseling, and ongoing support to ensure enrollment at and graduation from four-year colleges.
The Albert G. Oliver Program
Provides scholarships for African American and Hispanic American students from New York City.
Contact: The Albert G. Oliver Program, Community Center
44 West 28th Street, 7th Floor, New York, NY 10001, (212) 889-0244, Fax: (212) 889-4978
Pathways for Students and Recent Graduates to Federal Careers, The Pathways Programs offer clear paths to Federal internships for students from high school through post-graduate school and to careers for recent graduates, and provide meaningful training and career development opportunities for individuals who are at the beginning of their Federal service.
People to People Leadership Summit
This is an opportunity for middle school through high school students from around the world to visit a college campus for the summer. They will focus on leadership, college admissions, global issues and commitment to community.
Preparing for College
Preparing for College is a public service website offered by the University of Southern California. It provides a free and comprehensive "one stop-center" for important information, useful advice and state of the art tools to help students shape their academic futures. The site covers college-prep courses schedules, homework requirements, information on standardized testing, college research and selection, financial aid, teacher recommendations, interview tips and even gives suggestions on how to spend summer vacations. It also offers links to top colleges, testing career and financial aid sites.
Princeton Review Test Preparation
The National Partnership for Educational Access (NPEA) and The Princeton Review provide reduced-rate test preparation services for the SAT and PSAT to NPEA Members serving underrepresented students. A Better Chance Scholars are eligible for these services. Click here for a list of courses offered. You may also register at www.princetonreview.com or by phone by calling the Princeton Review Office at 866-TPR-PREP (877-7737). Be sure to reference the fact that you are an A Better Chance Scholar.
QuestBridge College Prep Scholarships for High School Juniors
High-achieving low-income students often lack many of the resources and information available to their more affluent classmates when applying to college, such as SAT prep courses, college visits, and college summer programs. QuestBridge is working to address this imbalance through its College Prep Scholarship for High School Juniors. The College Prep Scholarship is designed to level the playing field by providing opportunities that will help outstanding low-income students prepare to apply to leading schools.
If you are a high school junior who has achieved excellent academic results in the face of economic challenges, we encourage you to complete the College Prep Scholarship application. The application will be available on the QuestBridge website, www.questbridge.org.
School and Student Services for Financial Aid
The Steppingstone Foundation
Teaching with Breakthrough
Breakthrough Collaborative's 27 affiliates are looking for high school students and undergraduates to teach bright, ambitious and underserved middle school students. You'll be asked to plan and teach your own class under the guidance of professional educators. You'll work long hours, push yourself like you never have before and make a genuine difference in the lives of tomorrow's leaders. Teaching with Breakthrough is the premier pre-professional teaching experience anywhere, and the most challenging internship of any kind available to high school students and undergraduates in the United States. Go to www.breakthroughcollaborative.org/teach/apply to apply.
TutaPoint.com is a premier online tutoring company partnering with A Better Chance to offer tutoring to A Better Chance Scholars at a reduced rate. TutaPoint provides live web-based individualized instruction in math, science, Spanish and Mandarin Chinese. Additionally, Scholars will have access to TutaPoint's complete library of math videos and lessons at no charge. To register, go to www.tutapoint.com/signup/student. Select ABC when establishing your account.