FREQUENTLY ASKED QUESTIONS FOR STUDENTS

DO I QUALIFY?

If you can answer yes to the following questions, we would love to see your application!

  • Are you a very good student?

    • Most of our students are in the top 10% of their class.

    • We have a GPA requirement of at least 3.5. However, if you are around a 3.5, are challenging yourself academically, and have had a positive grade trajectory, still apply!

  • Do you care about issues at your school or in your community?

    • We want students who are you actively trying to help bring positive changes to those around them.

  • Are you a leader?

    • You do not need to hold a leadership position to be a leader. We recognize that students can lead in various different communities, whether that be at school with peers, jobs with fellow employees, or home with siblings or family members.

  • Will you need extra financial help in order to go to college?

    • If your family makes less than the amounts in this table, then you qualify for our program. For example, if you are part of a family of four, your family should make less than $71,457 per year. If you are eligible for free or reduced lunch, then you qualify for our program. Please note, if you are selected for an interview, there is an income verification step.​

  • If you have a different financial situation or special circumstance and are unsure of whether or not you would qualify, please email program@accessopportunity.org and we will let you know how to proceed.

HOW DO I APPLY?

  • You need to fill out an online application and have a teacher, counselor, or mentor submit a recommendation on your behalf. If you choose, you can have a peer or family member submit a second recommendation.

  • You can find the application and recommendation forms on our website.

HOW MANY STUDENTS WILL BE ACCEPTED IN 2020?

  • We are expecting to accept around 16-20 students this year.

ABOUT HOW MANY STUDENTS APPLY TO THE SCHOLARSHIP?

  • The number has varied each year. We encourage students to apply, even if they are unsure if they meet the requirements. We want to hear from you, so make the case for why you would be a good fit for our program!

WHAT CAN YOU DO WITH THE $10,000 SCHOLARSHIP?

  • Each AO student will get $10,000 ($2,500 per year of college) for college and career related expenses.

  • If you receive enough financial aid and outside scholarships to cover your college tuition, our grant money can be used for other reasons–to purchase flights to college, buy books, use as an unpaid internship income, study abroad, etc.

WHAT IF I HAVE OTHER QUESTIONS?

We look forward to reviewing your application. Thank you for your interest in Access Opportunity!

HOUSEHOLD SIZE 

1

2

3

4

5

6

7

8

For each add’l, add...

1.5X RL (AO Guideline)

$34,661

$46,926

$59,192

$71,457

$83,723

$95,988

$108,254

$120,519

$12,266

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