Setting the standard for academics, mentorship, positive peer pressure, and a lifelong network
SEO Scholars creates a more equitable society by closing the academic and opportunity gap for motivated young people through a free eight-year program that successfully educates and mentors underserved public high school students to and through college with a 90% college graduation rate.
We propel human potential by identifying and admitting students who aim for a college degree, a fulfilling professional career, and a brighter future.
We help students seize every opportunity by providing a rigorous academic foundation as part of a comprehensive college access, persistence and success program.
In high school, Scholars receive the the equivalent of 2.5 years of English and 1.5 years of math instruction to close the academic and opportunity achievement gap, and graduate high school with the skills they’ll need to tackle college with confidence.
But it doesn’t end there.
In college, we assist them with the college application and financial aid process, and once they’re enrolled, we continue to provide academic advising, one-on-one support, and career development to get them graduate college and meet their full potential. Our Scholars exceed or match the average SAT scores of all college-bound seniors nationally.
acceptance rate at four-year colleges
I applied to SEO Scholars because I believed they could help me realize my dream.
"For three and a half years, I gave up my Saturdays, after school time, and summers to SEO, and in return, I got into college with a full ride."
- Keldwin, Skidmore College Class of 2017
What We Believe
We believe that education can break the cycle of poverty that has entrapped so many Americans.
We believe that with rigorous out-of-school-time academic support and advising, underserved public school students can attend and excel at America’s top colleges and universities despite their economic circumstances.
We believe that America’s economic future depends on ensuring that students from all walks of life get the education they need to make a substantial contribution to our society.