A Better Chance

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“A Better Chance opens up an entire world of possibility.”

Roxane Gay
Bestselling Author, Professor, and Commentator 
Alumna in Phillips Exeter Academy's Class of 1992 

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“A Better Chance really prepared me for what was coming.”

Jae B.
Scholar at The Thacher School

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“Thanks to A Better Chance, I have been able to imagine a whole new world.”

Deval Patrick
Civil Rights Lawyer, Author, and 71st Governor of Massachusetts
Alumnus in Milton Academy's Class of 1974

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“A Better Chance gave me so many more opportunities to try new things, which will help me figure out what I want to do later in life.”

Anabelle K.
Scholar at Harvard-Westlake

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“A Better chance opened up opportunities that I would not have had.”

Bonnie Jenkins
Ambassador, Peacemaker, Scholar, & Veteran
Alumna in Spence School's Class of 1978

All we needed was a better chance.

Since desegregation, A Better Chance has served talented students of color by opening the doors through which they can best develop their innate potential.  Across the United States, with A Better Chance on their side, our Scholars attend the nation's premier college preparatory schools, where they grow, thrive, and become the leaders we all want to see in the world - as have generations of Alumni before them.

A Scholar’s Journey

Applicant

4 Months

Applicants must establish their eligibility for the program through our rigorous application process and attend an information session as they work toward Candidacy. 

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Candidate

14 Months

Candidates go through an intensive cycle of preparatory workshops on everything from essay-writing to mock interviewing. At the same time, A Better Chance works to connect each Candidate with their best fit Member Schools.  Candidacy ends upon a student's enrollment at one of these Member Schools.

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Scholar

3-6 Years

A Scholar, once enrolled at a Member School, has access to incredible benefits.  These include summer abroad programs, support getting ready for college, and more.  Each Scholar is also part of an incredible network that celebrates together and supports each other.

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Alumni

For Life

More than 16,000 trailblazing Alumni found a turning point in their lives through A Better Chance.  They are leaders across the United States, in every imaginable industry, and their influence has already been instrumental in shaping the world as we know it.  They are also part of a vital, supportive community.  

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$18.2 million

in Financial Aid leveraged for our new 2019 Scholars

96%

of A Better Chance graduating high school seniors immediately enrolled in college

83%

of Alumni have earned a Bachelor’s degree

50%

of Alumni have earned a Master’s or other
professional degree

2,206

Current Scholars supported by
A Better Chance

329

Exemplary Member Schools

Meet Our Scholars and Alumni

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Apply. Your life will change. Not only will you get into an amazing school, but you will have a family that will always have your back and makes sure that you have all of the resources necessary to succeed. Plus, it's fun. Trust me.

Kendall O.
Current Scholar at Lawrenceville School

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A Better Chance put me on the path to have options that allowed me to travel around the world ten times over and currently have my dream job.

Michael Gary
Head of the Friends Select School, Nonprofit Founder, and Life-Long Learner &
A Better Chance Alumnus in Pomfret School's Class of 1982

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Having been an A Better Chance Scholar gave me a great head start with respect to confidence and got me used to living a life with very high standards. The Hotchkiss School simply expected nothing less than excellence. It's hard to come down from that.

Dina D. Strachan, M.D.
Internationally-Recognized Dermatologist, Entrepreneur, Best-Selling Author &
A Better Chance Alumna in The Hotchkiss School's Class of 1984

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More than just one single event, I remember bonding with other A Better Chance Scholars throughout my entire time in high school. It was a source of comfort to know that you were not alone. We all were there for a reason and had something to prove to ourselves and each other.

Justin Ifill
Owner of an Event Planning & Production Company, Yoga Teacher, &
A Better Chance Alumnus in Groton School's Class of 2002

 

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Coming from a coal mining town in West Virginia where my expectations weren't much greater than perhaps going to college (perhaps not), to going to a private school with young boys who were CEOs' sons and generals' sons and who came from these incredibly varying backgrounds really helped me to think about the world in a very different way and helped me compete academically in a way that was very different than I ever had before.

Theo Killion
Retired CEO of Zales Corporation, Consummate Executive &
A Better Chance Alumnus in Hill School's Class of 1970

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