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Resources for Families and Students of Color


A Better Chance, Inc.

A Better Chance, Inc. is a nonprofit organization with a College Preparatory Schools Program that identifies highly motivated students of color who are at or above grade level with demonstrated leadership potential. It refers students to some of the nation’s top private and public schools. The website notes, “A Better Chance does not give scholarships. We match students with schools.”

American Indian Science and Engineering Society

American Indian Science and Engineering Society sponsors a variety of educational programs that offer financial, academic, and cultural support to American Indians and Alaska Natives from middle school through graduate school.

ASPIRA of America, Inc.

ASPIRA of America, Inc. is a nonprofit organization that offers educational and leadership programs to reduce the Hispanic dropout rate. See the Resources page for information for parents and students.

Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust (BEST)

Baltimore Education Scholarship Trust (BEST) recruits, interviews, and counsels qualified African-American children interested in attending more than 20 local independent schools. Visit the Student Support section of the website.

Early Steps

Early Steps is a New York City-based organization whose mission is to promote racial diversity within the members of the Independent Schools Admissions Association of Greater New York. The program is specifically for kindergarteners and first graders.

Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs

Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs helps under-represented students of color with the application process to its more than 40 member schools, all of which are in Southern California and want to increase their diversity. Its services include counseling families on appropriate school choice, entrance testing, and financial aid applications. Once students are placed, the alliance continues to offer a variety of support services for its students and its member schools.

Summerbridge San Francisco

Summerbridge San Francisco is an academic-enrichment program that prepares talented public and parochial school sixth graders with limited educational opportunities to succeed at academically challenging high schools in the Bay Area. See admission details and information about summer and school-year programs at the website.

Article Date: 6/7/2013

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