Educational Institutions

Boston Scholars Program Inc.

  • Boston, MA
  • http://www.bostonscholars.org

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Mission Statement

The mission of the Boston Scholars Program is to open doors for disadvantaged youths through educational opportunity. We achieve our mission by granting scholarships to deserving Boston-area students who have demonstrated a pressing financial need and by pairing these "Boston Scholars" with mentors from the Boston professional community. The Boston Scholars Program opens the door to new educational opportunities and provides the positive influences necessary to guide our scholars through the challenges of high school and the help they need to open up a world of opportunities previously not thought possible. At Boston Scholars, we are interested in developing the whole child. Therefore, we also expose our Scholars to various academic and leadership development opportunities so that our students can develop their full  potential and not be limited by their socioeconomic level.

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Boston Scholars serves low-income students from in and around the Greater Boston area, which can include Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Chelsea, Mattapan, Roslindale, Brockton and so on.

ruling year

2004

Principal Officer

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Mike Volpe

Keywords

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education, mentoring, tuition, scholarship, students, Big Brother, inner city, Boston, children, school, high school, college access, first-generation college graduates, educational advocacy, leadership development

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Also Known As

Boston Scholars

EIN

20-0584103

 Number

7529279691

Physical Address

89 South St. Suite 601

Boston, MA 02111 2747

Contact

Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Scholarships, Student Financial Aid, Awards (B82)

Big Brothers, Big Sisters (O31)

Citizenship Programs, Youth Development (O54)

IRS Filing Requirement

This organization is required to file an IRS Form 990 or 990-EZ.

Programs + Results

How does this organization make a difference?

Overview

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We are proud that 100% of our Boston Scholars in our first two "pioneering" classes graduated from their new tuition-based high schools. In addition, 100% went directly into college or university after graduation.

Programs

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Program 1

In addition to providing a four-year scholarship, the Boston Scholars provides each Scholar with a mentoring experience. The three main components of the Boston Scholars mentoring program include one-on-one mentoring via The Boston Scholars Project, educational advocacy, and Boston Scholars events. Boston Scholars is partnered with Big Brothers of Massachusetts Bay (BBMB) who, with over 50 years of mentoring experience, provides the infrastructure for the mentoring program. Scholars and Mentors commit to meeting for a minimum of two hours, twice a month for a one-on-one activity to build their friendship, and agree to communicate regularly with BBMB. BBMB also offers support to Scholars and Mentors and provides ideas for low cost activities. Once the friendship is established, Mentors act as educational advocates and play a key role in connecting families and Scholars to the resources available at Boston Scholars and at their schools. Educational advocacy includes goal-setting twice a year for academics, leadership, extracurricular activities, community service, and summer opportunities. Mentors can also utilize our Suite of Services to act as an educational advocate. These services currently include academic tutoring, summer opportunities, and college preparation. Finally, Mentors and Scholars have the opportunity to develop their relationship in a group setting at Boston Scholars events, which are centered on leadership, arts/culture, community service, and athletics. We ask that Mentors attend all events with their Scholars. Our 20 Boston Scholars are socio-economically disadvantaged students from the Boston area who demonstrate the talent and motivation to achieve excellence, given the support needed to reach such goals. 100% of the students qualify for the free or reduced lunch programs, and 95% are students of color. Boston Scholars are selected via a rigorous application and interview process. Boston Scholars aims to reach all qualified 8th grade students in the greater Boston area. To do this, Boston Scholars uses the reach of each of its partner organizations and schools to inform qualified students of the Program and encourage them to apply. The application includes a student statement, student essay, a teacher recommendation, and grades and test scores. Qualified candidates are then asked to interview with a member of the admissions committee, which is made up of members of the Board of Directors, mentors, and volunteers. Students are chosen as finalists based on four criteria: 1) individual achievement and enthusiasm, 2) academic potential and integrity, 3) financial need, and 4) leadership and community involvement. All Boston Scholars are expected to exercise academic integrity, demonstrate leadership skills, participate in community service, meet frequently with their mentors, and attend year-round program events. Finalists who receive an acceptance to a tuition-based school and demonstrate financial need are inducted into the program. We are excited to enroll 12-14 new Scholars this spring.

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Service Areas

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Massachusetts

Boston Scholars serves low-income students from in and around the Greater Boston area, which can include Dorchester, Roxbury, Jamaica Plain, Chelsea, Mattapan, Roslindale, Brockton and so on.

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Principal Officer

Mike Volpe

BIO

Mike works as Director, Marketing Operations at SolidWorks Corsumma cum laude, from Bowdoin College and received the Howland Memorial Football Trophy and the College Football Hall of Fame Maine Chapter Scholar Athlete Award. He is a Director of the Alumni Fund at Bowdoin College. Mike is an avid golfer and enjoys playing recreational hockey and working on home improvement projects.

STATEMENT FROM THE Principal Officer

"Over the last 25 years, only 5-8 % of 24 year olds in the lowest socioeconomic quartile have been graduating from college. Meanwhile, 50-65% of 24 year olds in the top socioeconomic quartile graduate from college. Increasingly, our competitiveness as a country will depend on our collective ability to prepare all Americans, regardless of income level, for the fastest growing jobs in the new global economy.

 

At Boston Scholars, we believe that the combination of access to educational opportunity and one-on-one mentoring over the crucial years of 9-12 grades are critical towards improving educational outcomes for needy students. As the youngest of four children, I know firsthand of the incredible power that my mentor and my high school played in my graduating from high school and college. Throughout America, we find other donors and volunteers who want to "give back" and help another young person realize the power of education in changing in broadening their horizons and life's possibilities. Please consider joining us at www.BostonScholars.org(http://www.BostonScholars.org)"

Governance

BOARD CHAIR

Mr. Ryan Robertson

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Term: Jan 2009 - Dec 2010

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