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How to Join

1. In order to apply for the Urban Scholars Program, a student must be enrolled in one of our partner schools.  Our partner high schools are 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. Keep in mind that you don't have to have the top grade point average in your school to participate in our Program. You can make a competitive application based on your desire, leadership potential, work ethic and other talents. You will be expected to keep your grades above a B (3.0) once you are admitted into our Program.


2. Get nominated.

A teacher, counselor, principal, alumnus of the Urban Scholars Program, community member, or family member can nominate a student  You can also nominate yourself.

If you would like to nominate a student, please fill out this nomination form.


3. Attend an Information Session.

Once the student is nominated, they are then asked to participate in an informational session where they are given more details about the requirements of the Program.


4. Submit an application.

Submit an application including two essays and two letters of recommendation, one of which must be from a teacher. We are looking for students who are academically talented and/or who have strong leadership skills. 

The program application can be downloaded here.


5. Interview!

One of our staff members will call you to set up an interview where you can meet staff members and discuss your application.


6. Qualifications:

The Urban Scholars Program seeks to provide opportunities to students from our partner schools, low-income families and/or first generation college students. We request that interested students provide school transcripts, a grade release form and income verification documentation. The income information is used solely to determine qualifications and is not shared with anyone outside of Urban Scholars staff.
For more information on any of these steps click here to contact us by email or call 617.287.5830.



"This program is like a job because we get paid and we gain knowledge." – Isaac Divers, Dorchester High School

Stipends are provided to Urban Scholar students so that their economic situations will not get in the way of participation. Stipends are paid monthly.

Stipends are awarded with the understanding that students will attend and actively participate in all classes and required activities, and complete all homework assignments. Failure to meet these minimal requirements will result in stipends being reduced appropriately.