The CTY Scholars Program is currently accepting applications for the 2024-2025 school year for 8th-grade students. 
The application deadline has been extended to February 22, 2024, at 5 p.m. (Eastern).

The CTY Scholars Program is a four-year academic advising and college counseling program designed to close the opportunity gap among our nation’s brightest students. Students are accepted into the program in 8th grade and come from historically underrepresented populations in higher education. CTY Scholars receive the guidance of a dedicated academic advisor, access to one advanced CTY course, and wrap-around services, and they complete the program ready to be admitted to and succeed at selective colleges and universities throughout the United States.

CTY Scholars core program elements include:
  • Personalized academic advising in grades 9 to 12 (virtual)
  • Group college counseling workshops (virtual)
  • Annual leadership conference in Baltimore, Md (in-person)
  • One-on-One SAT/ACT preparation (virtual)
  • Scholarship for one CTY in-person program or online course during the summer before 9th grade
  • Subscription to Naviance, a college and career readiness platform

For more information about CTY Scholars, watch our CTY Scholars Information Session recording.

Students in the CTY Scholars Program are expected to meet the following expectations throughout high school:
  • Meet (virtually) with their educational advisor
  • Earn high grades (A's and B's)
  • Challenge themselves with rigorous coursework
  • Participate in extracurricular activities
  • Effectively and consistently respond to communication from their advisor
To be eligible for the CTY Scholars Program, students must:

*Family size and cost of living are considered.

Students are evaluated for the program based on the following:
  • Completed application: CTY Scholars Application
  • End-of-year 7th-grade transcript
  • Most recent 8th-grade report card
  • Student and parent/guardian short answer questions
  • Income eligibility
  • Student and parent/guardian interviews
  • Two recommendations: Teacher/Counselor Recommendation
    • One teacher recommendation
    • One school counselor (or additional teacher) recommendation
Please review the process for submitting your 2022 tax documents:

Email required documents to [email protected] with "CTY Scholars Application, Student ID XXXXXXX" in the subject. Do not send these documents to the CTY Scholars email address.

  • 2022 Complete Federal Tax Returns
  • 2022 All W-2/1099 Forms
  • 2022 Form 482 (Puerto Rican Residents)
  • 2022 Documentation of Nontaxable Income*
  • Explanation of any significant income changes (if applicable)

*Examples of nontaxable income include Social Security income, child support, etc. 
**Families that haven't or were not required to file their 2022 taxes should submit written explanation. The financial aid office will email you regarding next steps. 

Documents will be processed within 7-10 business days.

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