2014-2015 A Better Chance Application Available Now
A Better Chance has changed the application process for prospective Scholars. Students wishing to apply to the program can find the application for the 2014 – 2015 school year on www.abetterchance.org. The full application is now due on May 1st of each year. Students of color in grades 4 – 9 are eligible to apply.
The application process now begins 18 months prior to enrollment. Therefore, if a student is currently in 7th grade, he or she would be applying for 9th grade placement. Informed by a comprehensive survey of our Member Schools, conversations with parents of current Scholars, and with guidance from a Harvard Business School consulting group, A Better Chance lengthened the application process to provide more support to applicants through the admissions process. The new timeline also gives Member Schools, the independent and public college preparatory schools where A Better Chance places Scholars, more time to review students’ applications and determine the best possible fit for both student and school. Students will now be referred to Member Schools in October or November, two months earlier than the previous application timeline.
Selected candidates will benefit from expanded support activities, which may include additional standardized test preparation and interview skills workshops. They will also be able to learn more about A Better Chance’s Member Schools by attending admissions events.
“This is a significant undertaking for our application processing, but we expect it to yield great results,” said Chantal Stevens, National Director of the College Preparatory Schools Program. “By providing more support to our applicants and families, we can increase the number of students who gain access to an incredible education and do even more to create a self-sustaining pipeline of diverse leaders for our society.”
For the first time, the new process allows 4th graders to apply (previously the process started with 5th graders). This approach has a special benefit for boys. “Studies show that boys, particularly those of African-American and Latino descent, fall behind their peers in academic performance by the 4th grade,” said Sandra E. Timmons, President of A Better Chance. “By engaging younger students, we will be able to support more boys and get them onto the college preparatory and life-success track earlier.”
If you know bright students of color who would be great Scholar candidates, please encourage
them to apply to A Better Chance by visiting www.abetterchance.org.