Don Bosco Scholars College Access Program
Empowering the Next Generation of Trailblazers
“The Don Bosco Scholars is on a mission to ignite the potential of first-generation students. Through our innovative college access program, we are breaking down barriers and providing the support and resources needed to help students soar to new heights. The program focuses on increasing access to higher education, giving students the opportunity to unlock their full potential and achieve their dreams.
The Don Bosco Scholars Program offers a unique opportunity for students and their families to receive personalized guidance and support throughout the college application process. Each Scholar is paired with a dedicated college coach, a volunteer from the local community, who serves as a mentor and provides individualized assistance with every aspect of the journey – from creating a college list and preparing for standardized tests, to writing essays, visiting colleges, and searching for scholarships and financial aid. With this unparalleled level of support, the Don Bosco Scholars are setting themselves up for success and making their dreams of higher education a reality.
The data speaks for itself. According to the National Center for Education Statistics (NCES) and the Pell Institute for the Study of Opportunity in Higher Education, only 9% of first-generation, low-income students earn a bachelor’s degree by the age of 25, compared to 77% of students from higher-income families. The Don Bosco Scholars are bridging this gap, giving students a chance to reach their full potential and succeed in the future. This is truly exciting work, and we can already see the impact it is having on the students, their families and our community.”
The impact of the Don Bosco Scholars goes far beyond individual students. This program is a catalyst for the economic development of communities, driving growth and prosperity by ensuring that all members have access to the benefits of higher education. A study by the Georgetown University Center on Education and the Workforce found that by 2020, 65% of all jobs in the United States required post-secondary education, highlighting the importance of programs like the Don Bosco Scholars in preparing students for success.