Boston’s highest achieving low-income students of color are struggling as they transition from high school to college. These are often first generation students who have overcome significant challenges and excelled through their own grit and resiliency. These scholars are in the best position to have meaningful careers as  leaders in the most prominent business and civic institutions in this city and region.

Yet for many, that will not happen.

Noonan Scholars makes the difference

85%

ATTEND

appropriately selective colleges

Less than 1 in 2 low-income students of color attend a college that is as selective as one they could get into. 85% of our Scholars go to appropriately selective colleges

72%

PERSIST

in STEM majors

Less than 1 in 4 low-income students of color who want to major in STEM or other rigorous majors are able to graduate in that major. Our Scholars are 3x more likely to do so.

90%

GRADUATE

from college

Only 4 out of 5 low-income students of color who go to selective colleges graduate within 6 years. 90% of our Scholars will graduate.

The mission of Noonan Scholars is to help high-achieving low-income students of color be admitted to a selective college and graduate with the degree, experiences, and skills needed for the career of their choosing. Modeled after South Central Scholars, a successful non-profit out of Los Angeles, our aim is to support our students so they graduate from selective schools such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Penn, Tufts, Cornell, Bowdoin, Swarthmore, and USC with little or no debt.

The Noonan Scholars Program

Our comprehensive approach begins with targeted outreach to highly motivated high school students throughout the Boston area. We then provide an intensive academic preparation through our Summer Academy, test prep, guidance to pursue acceptance at highly selective universities, bridge scholarships for all four years of college, academic support, mentoring, internship opportunities, and career development assistance. Scholars receive this support through two distinct but interconnected programs that they pursue in succession:

College Access and Prep

Through college guidance, test prep, and our Summer Academy, CAP engages high school juniors and seniors, increasing their likelihood of attending the no/low-loan selective college that is right for them and ensuring they are prepared to succeed upon arrival.

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College Access and Prep

Through college guidance, test prep, and our Summer Academy, CAP engages high school juniors and seniors, increasing their likelihood of attending the no/low-loan selective college that is right for them and ensuring they are prepared to succeed upon arrival.

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College to Career

Through scholarships, mentoring, academic support, and internship and career guidance, C2C supports our Scholars throughout college, ensuring that they graduate with the degree, experiences, and skills needed for the career or graduate program they desire.

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College to Career

Through scholarships, mentoring, academic support, and internship and career guidance, C2C supports our Scholars throughout college, ensuring that they graduate with the degree, experiences, and skills needed for the career or graduate program they desire.

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In the next few years

Noonan Scholars will begin with 50 high school students from the Boston area in the summer of 2016. Over the next few years, it aims to draw students from all of New England, eventually serving hundreds of new students each year, with over 1000 of the top low-income students of color in the New England Area thriving in America’s top colleges, the workplace, and their community.