About the Program

Group of Urban Scholars pose for a picture

The Urban Scholars Program is a year-round program structured around after-school classes and an intensive seven-week summer institute at the University of Massachusetts Boston. 

The mission of the Urban Scholars Program is to identify and to prepare Boston’s gifted and talented urban youth (ages 11-19), especially those who are low-income individuals and first-generation college bound students, to successfully enroll in and complete college.

We provide these students with the skills and attitudes necessary to achieve their full potential through a structured sequence of after-school and summer academic courses and activities designed to build a strong repertoire of basic and higher-level skills, task commitment and self-motivation.

Our vision recognizes that the progress of society depends on developing the talent potential of its youth.

We provide urban youth from neighborhood partner schools in Jamaica Plain, South Boston, Roxbury and Dorchester with the college preparatory resources they need to direct their own development, build successful lives, and assume positions of leadership and achievement.

The curriculum complements the public school curriculum by helping students to develop the math, reading, writing, and reasoning skills they will need to complete school and continue their studies in higher education. 

The middle school program focuses on math and science skill development.

Having served more than 2,100 students over the past 29 years, our Program has an impressive record of preparing Boston’s most talented students to attain their college and career goals.

Over the past 5 years, 93% of Urban Scholars graduates have gone onto college and 82% of these students have enrolled in 4 year colleges. 77% have either graduated or are still enrolled.

Participating high schools including the Jeremiah E. Burke, Dorchester Education Complex (Dorchester Academy and TechBoston Academy), and South Boston Education Complex (Excel, Green Academy) and the Dearborn.

Participating middle schools include McCormack, Rogers, Dearborn, and TechBoston Academy lower school.