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Scholar Opportunities

There are many benefits to being a Scholar, most of which are communicated exclusively to Scholars and their families.

The below overview, however, might help you understand some of the doors A Better Chance can help its Scholars walk through.

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Scholar Benefits and Opportunities

New Scholar Orientation

When a candidate has signed contract to enroll at a Member School, he/she becomes a Scholar of our Program and is expected to attend a regional orientation with other new Scholars of A Better Chance. The summer prior to matriculation, new Scholars are invited to an A Better Chance Orientation where they learn strategies and engage in meaningful discussion on how to successfully navigate through the challenges they may face at their Member School, on both the academic and social level.

Serve as GROUP LEADER for New Scholar Orientation

Scholars in the 11th and 12th grade are given the unique opportunity to act as mentors and provide guidance to new Scholars at the New Scholar Orientation. Each Scholar is submits and application and is selected based on leadership ability and model behavior both within and outside of their school community. They receive training from A Better Chance staff and facilitate workshops geared to help ne Scholars learn to navigate their new school environments and address their concerns with current Scholars and A Better Chance staff.


Each year, A Better Chance provides current scholars with a special opportunity to showcase their achievements and involvement both within and outside of their member school environment. We recognize their accomplishments through both recognition as a speaker at our annual awards luncheon and monetary rewards of up to $5,000.

Experiment in International Living

A Better Chace partners with The Experiment in International Living (EIL) to nominate 10th and 11th grade Scholars to the program. EIL is the most experienced provider of summer abroad programs for high school students. For more than 85 years, our immersive programs have allowed participants to explore the world in an authentic and impactful way, while developing enduring friendships through cultural experiences and homestays.

Student Diplomacy Corps

A Better Chance partners with The Student Diplomacy Corps (SDC) to nominate 10th and 11th grade Scholars to the program. SDC provides opportunities and scholarships for high school students from across the nation and around the world to access dynamic international education summer programs that build college readiness, deepen understanding of global issues and unleash the potential and creativity of you.

Yale Young Global Scholars

A Better Chace partners with Yale Young Global Scholars (YYGS) to nominate 10th and 11th grade Scholars to the program. YYGS is a summer academic enrichment and leadership program for outstanding high school students from around the world. Each summer, students from over 100 countries participate in one of nine interdisciplinary sessions and immerse themselves in a global learning community.

Learn about our Scholars and the Opportunities They've Explored