The Laurel Scholars Program offers one-on-one college application coaching and candidacy building planning to bright and motivated high school students in 10th -12th grade. In addition to investing in the academic potential of our scholars, we empower our scholars to engage deeply and critically in their pursuits.
We guide our scholars through the process of strengthening their college competitiveness, finding schools that will support them socially, academically, and financially, and crafting applications that highlight their unique achievements. Students’ engagements may include: writing and research projects, nonprofit collaborations, philanthropic outreach, internships, and self-initiated projects. Students may receive advising in: college & major selection strategy, recommendation letters, app portals, personal statements, and supplemental essays.
Our program takes an interdisciplinary approach. By mixing traditional college application support with humanistic principles and Socratic reasoning, the Laurel Scholars program sets itself apart in its ability to re-envision what constitutes best practices in top-tier college admissions strategy to craft applications that stand out. The Laurel Scholars Program recognizes that factors such as first generation status, lack of financial resources and language can contribute to serious impediments in accessing higher education and a stable future. We are committed to opening doors to higher education for our scholars that they do not otherwise have access to, and we are also committed to navigating through the impact life circumstances may have on engaging with these resources; for example, we’ve helped refugees, DREAMers, homeless youth, cult escapees, and persecuted minorities. In addition, we use each scholar’s unique ideas and academic and extracurricular pursuits to create opportunities for them to apply their knowledge in service of the greater community.
Laurel Scholars also receive resources and support specific to the impact that socioeconomic status has on the college application process and transition. These include post-acceptance planning and college transition support, specific scholarships and aid advice, and a network of supportive alumni.
The Laurel Scholars Program sets itself apart from other programs with its bespoke approach to mentorship and level of strategic depth. Ivy Scholars is a boutique firm, which allows our mentors to cultivate rapport with our students. Our expert team employs an emotionally intelligent approach and tailor each engagement to the student’s nuanced needs. By encouraging students to self-reflect and build new relationships to their interests and ideas, we leverage their insights into actionable opportunities to make an impact in their communities. Our coaching sessions are adapted to suit the unique needs and stories of each student, and we encourage them to lead with authenticity as they navigate the college applications process.
We motivate our students to approach their application strategy creatively. We guide students in crafting essays that highlight their maturity, drive, and intellect and share their unique experiences in an innovative way. We’ve exhaustively developed strategies and techniques to assess how students need to develop their candidacy, provide students with a fresh approach, and coach them to write intentionally about their experiences. Our mentors are committed to shaping our scholar’s applications to reflect their unique skills and experiences.
Our scholars exhibit a need for college admissions consulting alongside economic instability, marginalized social backgrounds, and/or adverse experiences in their family or community. We are invested in their long-term well-being and the impact that education can have on their lives. We measure our success by our scholars’ attainment of their educational goals, including college acceptances and full-ride scholarships, measurable personal growth through extracurricular pursuits and soft skill development, and fit with Ivy League and top-tier university academic culture.
Our program is competitive. We encourage students to apply who already have a demonstrated record of academic excellence with high grades and test scores, but need that extra insight into the application process, or that extra 50 points on your SAT. We ask that you have foundational skills, like time management and organization, already in place. We also ask for a level of groundedness and maturity. Laurel Scholars demonstrate the intelligence and drive that is essential for successful top-tier college admissions.