What We Do

The Oliver Scholars journey begins with the recruitment of highly motivated 7th grade candidates from public schools and parochial schools in New York City. We work with students for 14 months in our Scholar Immersion and Placement (SIP) program, and ultimately place them in 9th grade at high-performing NYC independent college preparatory day schools and boarding schools across the country. SIP’s curriculum mirrors that of a typical independent school.

Summer Program I serves rising 8th grade students, supporting them along the path to independent school admission, including test preparation and application support in addition to ongoing academic enrichment. Summer Program II, our capstone program for SIP, which is designed to acclimate students to the rigor and independent schools.

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Our Results

Oliver Scholars offers high-achieving Black and Latinx students an alternative path, raising their sights and fostering the development of our next generation of change-makers, thought leaders, and trailblazers. Our work with Scholars includes up to ten years of one-on-one support, summer coursework, and pre-career training. As a result, 100 percent of Scholars graduate high school.


96% of scholars say they feel more academically prepared because of Oliver Scholars.


100% of our Scholars graduate from high school.


Approximately 6 Million in financial aid is awarded to Scholars each year by our partner schools.

Get Involved

We invite you to become an active part of our mission and make a difference in the lives of our scholars. There are numerous ways you can get involved and support our efforts. Your support, in any form, is invaluable in helping us nurture the next generation of leaders and change-makers. Please reach out and let us know how you'd like to make a positive impact with Oliver Scholars. Together, we can transform lives and create a brighter future.


Invest in the next generation of change-makers.


Support our scholars through our various volunteer programs.


Nominate a talented student in your community.

News from Oliver

Explore the vibrant tapestry of events and initiatives at Oliver Scholars! From our captivating special events that unite our community to the heartwarming stories of our scholars engaging in transformative community service projects. Dive into intellectual conversations and thought-provoking dialogues through our enlightening CEO Salon Series. Discover the myriad ways in which we foster growth, learning, and connection at Oliver Scholars. Join us on this exciting journey of empowerment and impact.

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Homecoming 2024

Oliver Honors

Join us on May 21, 2024, at The Pierre Hotel for an incredible night celebrating our scholars and their achievements in scholarship, leadership, and s

CEO Salon Series | Sisters Keeper

I Am My Sisters Keeper: Uplifting girls and women of color Invite your friends, family, and young girls of color, and let's get real about the issues

CEO Salon Series | Building Generational Black Wealth

Join Oliver Scholars for another important community conversation on Tuesday, February 21, 2023, at 6 pm on Facebook live, as we discuss the state of

CEO Salon Series: The Path Forward

Missed our latest Coffee Break? No worries! We've got you covered. Click below to watch the replay of The Path forward: COLLEGE ADMISSIONS POST AFFIRM

CEO Salon Series | The Reckoning

Join Oliver Scholars for another engaging community conversation during Women's History Month! Share your thoughts as we explore the trials and triump

CEO Salon Series | Black Folks and the Future of Democracy

Join Oliver Scholars for another engaging community conversation as we discuss the future of Democracy and its impact in the Black Community. Share yo