We aspire to unlock the potential and transform the trajectory of marginalized high school students who demonstrate curiosity, sincere passion, commitment and drive through individualized college application coaching and mentorship.
The Laurel Scholars Program serves to provide college admission consulting services to high school students who demonstrate need. In recognition that ability is equally distributed yet resources are not, the Laurel Scholars Program works to build a bridge between aptitude and opportunity for individuals who lack access to the necessary support. We believe that students who have overcome difficult and transformative life experiences are essential to the academic vitality of collegiate institutions and support the diversity of ideas that strengthen these communities. With emphasis on mentorship in the Socratic method, the Laurel Scholars Program supports students who seek to rise above challenging circumstances and helps them realize their goals and access the power of higher education. Laurel Scholars is devoted to giving students the resources and help they need to prosper in this process.
Emigrating from Brazil and only recently a citizen, Anna was enthralled by American politics and wanted to affect change in her new home. With a future goal of becoming a Senator, she had already involved herself heavily in politics in high school, serving as the Houston Regional Director for High School Democrats. Anna knew she needed a great education to support her dreams and turned to Ivy Scholars to help her obtain it.
Our first priority with Anna was helping her determine where she should apply. Her grades were good enough to ensure admission to UT Austin, but she had her sights set higher. We helped Anna build a list of schools which would serve her well, all of which were dedicated to meeting her financial need.
Though Anna came in with a high GPA, we advised her in SAT strategies and helped her manage test anxiety. When she retook the tests, her scores improved tremendously.
Anna had a great story, she just needed guidance in how to tell it. We helped Anna brainstorm, draft, and edit her essays, showing her passion for the political process, and her drive to change the world and help people. Like many others, Anna desired to help as many people as she could, and saw politics as the best way to do that. In her personal statement, she showed the strength of her convictions, and how they drove her forward. With our help, she took her essays to the next level, and was able to submit them with confidence.
Anna was accepted into Rice, USC, NYU, and UT Austin’s prestigious Canfield Business Honors program. She chose Rice, due to the amazing scholarship she was awarded. We were happy to help Anna on her educational journey, and look forward to seeing how she will go on to change the world.
The first in her family to attend college in the United States, Zara had excellent grades and test scores but needed help understanding the admissions process. Her goal was to become a doctor, and dedicate her life to helping others. Ivy Scholars was glad to help her on her journey.
We began by helping her organize her applications using our deadline management program. This tracked all of her applications, their due dates, and the materials she was working on. Zara wanted to apply to many colleges, so keeping everything organized was of paramount importance.
Next, we turned to her essays. Zara knew what programs she wanted to pursue, and we helped her craft the perfect essays to appeal to them. With her hard work and a bit of help, Zara is now studying pre-med at UCSD, well on her way to a medical career. Ivy Scholars is proud to have helped her achieve her collegiate dreams.