APPLY TO JOIN THE #AOFAMILY
WE'RE ACCESS OPPORTUNITY.
And we're committed to equity in opportunity for all students. Through six years of individualized support, we empower you to attend your best-fit college and launch a meaningful career.
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Wondering if you're a good fit for our program?
We accept a small class of high-potential 10th grade students each spring from across the Denver Metro area.
in 10th grade at a high school in the greater Denver or Boulder area?
committed to your community and involved with a variety of activities at your school and/or your job?
a dedicated student with an unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above?
in need of extra financial support and guidance for the college and career process?
ready to be part of our #AOFamily?
If that's you, we hope you'll apply to join the #AOFamily.
WHAT TO EXPECT
As an AO scholar, you will receive:
Free test prep with your cohort to help you raise your scores
A $10,000 scholarship to help with college & career expenses
A tight knit community
of like-minded students
Expert counseling on choosing the best fit college for you
Financial aid planning & help with finding additional scholarships
Ongoing workshops to build
your leadership skills
Individualized support with writing your college applications
Continued mentorship and support during your transition to college
Unique opportunities to
get career ready
We'll be there with you every step of the way - from the application process through college graduation.
READY TO APPLY?
2021 Application Closed - Reopens January 1, 2022
Ask for two letters of recommendation. One letter must be from your school counselor, but the other may be from a teacher, clergy, coach, college access counselor, employer, or other adult mentor who is not in your family. After they say yes, let us know who they are by completing the form below.
Fill out an application. We want to learn about you, your family, your academic performance and interests, how you like to spend your time when you're not in class, and why you want to be in Access Opportunity. If you need help with your application, take a look at the resources at the bottom of the page!
Submit all of your application materials by March 1, 2021. This includes your recommendations, so make sure to check-in with your recommenders and make sure they submit on time. Please do not leave the application to the last minute. We do not give extensions to applicants.
You'll hear back from us by early April. We'll carefully review all applications and choose a select group to invite for an interview. If you choose, you'll have an opportunity to practice interviewing with one of our Student Advisors, upper-level AO college students who are excited to support you.
We'll set up virtual interviews, which will be conducted in late April. In the interview, Access Opportunity staff members will ask questions to help us learn more about you, your background and goals, and why you're interested in AO. You'll get to ask your own questions, too!
We'll select and notify our new class in mid-May! The new class will be formally welcomed to our community at our workshop in June. This workshop will be held in-person if public health guidelines allow, otherwise you will connect with your cohort virtually.
"As an Alumna, I can say with full confidence that I would not have completed my undergraduate education without Access Opportunity. AO has helped me to complete college because they have always allowed me to be two steps ahead in the process. It has truly been an honor and experience to be amongst the first AO class and I am grateful that other students will continue to join the AO family!"
- ASIYAH, CLASS OF 2020
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