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Our Mission

Founded in 1984, Oliver Scholars fosters the development of the next generation of thought leaders, change-makers, and trailblazers.

What We Do:

  • Academic, social, and leadership skills development starting in 4th or 7th grade
  • Independent middle and high school placement and financial aid coordination at day and boarding schools
  • Comprehensive classes and workshops that prepare students for the accelerated pace of independent school
  • Continued support throughout high school, including college readiness workshops, admissions guidance, and one-on-one counseling services
  • Career guidance throughout college and beyond with access to networking opportunities, internships, and a robust alumni network

“Oliver Scholars’ mission of equity and excellence is changing the educational landscape for students of promise across the nation.”

William R. Fitzsimmons: Dean of Admissions and Financial Aid, Harvard College

 

How We are Different:

  • Strong focus on our Scholars’ social and emotional development to ensure they are able to achieve their academic goals
  • Emphasis on community service throughout our curriculum
  • A family-oriented approach—we ensure the family of each Scholar is acclimated to independent schools, and our staff supports our Scholars in whatever way will allow them, to achieve their academic goals

 

Results:

  • 99% of Scholars graduate from high school and attend a 4-year college
  • Approximately $6 million in financial aid awarded each year by our partners
  • Historically, approximately 30% of Scholars attend Ivy League schools
  • Nearly 90% of Scholars attend a U.S. News & World Report top 100 school

 

“Our mission to serve low-income students of color is more critical than ever. Oliver aims to reward hard-work, recognize talent that might otherwise go ignored, and dismantle barriers to opportunity for African-American and Latino students.” – David Allyn, PhD, CEO of Oliver Scholars