IvyWise Scholars Pro Bono College Counseling

Our pro bono college counseling program serves high-achieving, low income students across the US applying as first-year or transfer students.

Pro Bono College Counseling Program

The IvyWise Scholars program offers free college admissions guidance from IvyWise experts to high-achieving, low-income students in order to help them reach their college goals – providing support through every facet of the application and selection process. Our goal is to empower students to achieve their personal and academic goals, discover and develop their passions, and find success in the admissions process and beyond.

Here’s what our pro bono students and families have to say about the IvyWise Scholars program:

IvyWise Scholars Program for High School Students

The IvyWise Scholars program for high school students is a combination of college counseling and tutoring, where students are guided through the admissions process by an IvyWise expert college counselor, with additional support from IvyWise tutors to help them achieve their academic goals through tutoring, test prep, and/or completing an independent project. Scholars typically complete the Common App and 4-6 supplements by the end of the program. We also work with students applying to match with their top-choice schools through the QuestBridge scholarship from start to finish.

In addition to college admissions counseling, IvyWise Scholars in high school receive 10 hours of tutoring for use as needed, either for academic tutoring, test prep, or customized project mentorship guidance. Through project mentorship, Scholars are paired with a tutor that will guide them through an independent project from start to finish with a deliverable at the end that they can highlight on their college applications.

The 2022-23 IvyWise Scholars application for first-year admission support is now closed. Stay tuned for the launch of our 2023-2024 IvyWise Scholars application in late January.

IvyWise Scholars Program for Transfer Students

IvyWise offers the Scholars program for current first or second-year students planning to transfer a four-year university for the 2023 fall term. This includes personalized transfer admissions counseling guidance from our counselors, all of whom are former Deans and Directors of Admissions from some of the top colleges and universities in the US and have direct experience reviewing transfer applications. Scholars will be guided through the transfer admissions process with individual one-on-one counseling, allowing them to maximize their program time and gain a full understanding of why they want to transfer and what they need to do to secure admission to their top-choice transfer schools. Students complete around 2-3 transfer applications by the end of the program.

The Transfer IvyWise Scholars application is open Nov. 1, 2022 – April 1, 2023.

Do I Qualify As An IvyWise Scholar?

The IvyWise Scholars program is open to high school students who will be juniors or seniors during the 2023-24 academic year, as well as current college students looking to transfer to a new university. Other qualifications include:

  • Minimum 3.5 GPA
  • Household income less than $75,000 per year
  • US Resident

The IvyWise Scholars Application Process

In order to be considered for the IvyWise Scholars program, you will need to fill out a preliminary application. After all preliminary applications are in, we evaluate all the information provided and reach out to applicants for supplementary materials to confirm eligibility, like transcripts and parents’ tax return(s) from the most recent calendar year. All information will be reviewed only by our executive team and be held in the strictest confidence. During the application review period, we may ask for an additional interview in order to help learn more about you, your interests, and college goals.

In the preliminary application we typically ask for:

  • Information on applicants’ interests, college goals, intended major, extracurricular activities, and more.
  • An essay asking: What are your college goals and what have you done thus far to achieve those? (250 words)
  • A 1-2 minute video essay on the prompt: How would becoming an IvyWise Scholar help you reach your higher education goals?

Ready to Apply?

The IvyWise Scholars program includes a comprehensive pre-approval followed by an in-depth application review process.

Currently only the Transfer IvyWise Scholars application is open. Check back soon for updates on the IvyWise Scholars program for high school students. 

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