Youth Development


  • Boulder, CO

Mission Statement

Greenhouse Scholars provides comprehensive personal and financial support to high-performing, under-resourced college students. Using our unique Whole Person© approach, which offers intellectual, academic, professional, and financial support, we are cultivating the next generation of community leaders. The day our Scholars leave college, they’ll be prepared to succeed in their professional endeavors and make significant contributions in their communities.

Main Programs

  1. Mentorship
  2. Summer Symposium
  3. Financial Grant and Independent Grant
  4. Peer Support
  5. Professional Networking and Internships
Service Areas



Greenhouse Scholars supports high-performing, under-resourced students who graduated from high schools in Colorado and Illinois and who attend accredited 4-year colleges and universities across the country.

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Principal Officer


Alexandra Pool



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Physical Address

1881 9th Street, #200

Boulder, CO 80302


Cause Area (NTEE Code)

Youth Development Programs (O50)

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?


Self-reported by organization

- In 2010 Greenhouse Scholars served 50 students; in 2011 we will serve 56.
 - Our Scholars' average GPA is 3.38, compared to 2.8 for all college students.
 - Our Scholars volunteered over 3,000 hours in their communities last year.  95% of them volunteered as mentors or role models to younger students, compared to only 23% of college students nationwide.
 - 78% of Greenhouse Scholars are the first in their families to attend college.


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What are the organization's current programs, how do they measure success, and who do the programs serve?

Program 1


Our mentorship program connects
each Scholar with a college-educated, successful professional to serve as a
one-on-one mentor for four years. Scholars meet with their mentors for at least
two hours a month. Mentors serve
as a critical source of guidance, experience, and encouragement.

–Mentors complete 8-10 hours of training annually.

–Our staff meets one-on-one with each mentor twice per
year to discuss their relationship, provide advice, and gather feedback

–Scholars are paired with mentors during the summer
before college, allowing time to build the relationship and prepare for the
college transition.


Youth Development

Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use



Program 2

Summer Symposium

Summer Symposium is an annual gathering
of renowned speakers and panelists from across the globe, academic experts, and
our Scholars. This event gives Scholars the opportunity to engage in
values-based leadership training, learn from highly successful guest speakers,
meet industry leaders, and forge lasting bonds with other Scholars.

–Our last Symposium, “Leadership” was held in August
2010 and brought together all of our Scholars with speakers including Colorado
Governor Bill Ritter, Colorado State Assembly member and education advisor to
President Obama Mike Johnston, and Executive Director of Eco-Cycle, Eric
Lombardi. Past speakers have also included Jim Collins, Hank Brown, and Manute

–78% of Scholars said the 2010 Symposium was among the
best events they have ever attended and 88% of Scholars felt a great to
tremendous improvement in their connection to their Greenhouse Peers.


Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use


Program 3

Financial Grant and Independent Grant

Financial Grant is a “last-dollar” award
based on unmet need. Our Scholars receive tuition scholarships of up to $5,000
per academic year. We re-evaluate each Scholar’s need annually based on their
Federal Application For Student Aid (FAFSA), financial aid package, and cost of
attendance at their university.


Independent Grant program is an
innovative solution to help Scholars pay for unmet educational needs not
covered by traditional financial aid packages and engage in opportunities to
enrich their leadership potential, community involvement, and professional
development. Scholars may apply
for up to $1,500 in funding each semester to support individual projects of
their own initiative. 

In 2010, we awarded 10
independent grants to support initiatives including a summer internship with
the American Society of Magazine Editors in New York City; a Peace Fellowship
with the Advocacy Project in Bosnia; and a research project on public health in


Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use


Program 4

Peer Support

The Peer Support program places Scholars in small peer advisory groups,
thereby strengthening the Greenhouse Scholars community and building valuable
leadership skills

–The framework for the Peer Support program was
developed by two of our scholars, who worked full-time with our staff as summer
interns in 2008 and 2009.

–In 2010, based on feedback and learnings, we evolved
the program with a new format and greater structure, which has generated
dramatic results.


Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use


Program 5

Professional Networking and Internships

The Professional Networking program provides Scholars successful role models within
multiple career paths. Scholars meet individually with Professional Contacts
twice a year to gain career advice and develop networking skills. Professional Contacts help Scholars
find and apply to internships, participate in shadowing opportunities and
acquire valuable insights into the professional world.

–Our list of Professional Contacts has grown to 65
individuals spanning 35 industries.

–For the Professional Networking meetings conducted in
2010, 100% of Scholars indicated that their expectations were met and they had
gained important professional insight.


The Internship program creates real-world knowledge and increased confidence
that cannot be learned in the classroom. Each Scholar is required to complete
at least one internship of 200+ hours before the start of their senior year.

–We collaborate with Professional Contacts and
on-campus career services to assist Scholars in finding, applying for, and
making the most of their internship experience. 

–We nurture relationships with best-in-class
corporations and organizations, helping introduce our Scholars to opportunities
that fit their career goals.


Population(s) Served

Young Adults (20-25 years) -- currently not in use


Charting Impact

Self-reported by organization

Five powerful questions that require reflection about what really matters - results.

  1. What is the organization aiming to accomplish?
    Add at least 20 new scholars to our program in our class of 2018.

    Greenhouse Scholars plans to launch a formal alumni program for our college graduates. The program’s driving principals will be to:

    • Accelerate a future with impact
    • Foster followers of our Scholars’ paths
    • Drive sustained loyalty
    • Create community change

    Elevate overall program and each individual component in terms of quality and value in relation to our vision.
  2. What are the organization's key strategies for making this happen?
    Our Whole Person© model has also driven significant personal, professional, financial and leadership development benefits and outcomes for our Scholars.

    • Individualized support and advice on college, personal and career choices from highly successful mentors such as Company Founders and CEOs, Presidents of Universities, Superintendents of School Districts, Medical Doctors, Research Scientists, and many others.

    • Scholarships that allow Scholars far fewer financial burdens than other college students.
    • Creation of a community of like-minded young leaders. Our Scholars have teamed up on dozens of community projects, served as peer mentors for each other, and formed lifelong connections with other high-impact individuals.
  3. What are the organization's capabilities for doing this?
    Program Components

    Our mentors are community leaders who guide, encourage, and inspire Scholars to achieve more than they could on their own. Scholars are matched with their mentor before beginning college and maintain the relationship throughout college and beyond.

    Scholars have access to successful role models and leaders from a variety of industries. These connections give Scholars the exceptional opportunity to explore career paths, conduct informational interviews, and gain insights into the professional world.

    Scholars are placed in structured peer advisory groups within the program. This provides them another avenue of support from fellow Scholars who better understand each other’s unique challenges.

    Internships provide real-world knowledge and increased confidence that cannot be gained in the classroom. We coach Scholars in finding and making the most of their internships.

    The annual Greenhouse Scholars Summer Symposium is a world-class, multi-day gathering of all our Scholars. Workshops, speakers, panel discussions, and group projects allow Scholars to explore our core values and learn leadership skills.

    Scholars can apply for additional funds to support a wide range of projects, experiences, or specific unmet needs related to the vision and values of Greenhouse Scholars. Grants are made in amounts up to $2,000.

    We provide a four-year renewable grant based on each Scholar’s individual financial circumstances and college expenses. Scholarships of up to $5,000 per year are renewable for four years.
  4. How will they know if they are making progress?
    71% of Scholars lead an organization on campus.

    55% of Scholars have founded an organization, event, or club.

    34% of our comparison group lead an organization on campus.

    26% of our comparison group have founded an organization, event, or club.
    Scholars Ratings of Greenhouse Scholars Program Overall
    78% Very Highly, 18% Highly, 5% Somewhat Highly, 0% Neutral, 0% Negatively

    Academic Achievement
    College Graduation Rate of 89% (compared to only 11% for low income and first generation students nationally).

    GPA of Current Scholars
    • 2.6 – First Generation College Students
    • 2.8 – All College Students
    • 3.38 – Greenhouse Scholars

    Greenhouse Scholars attend some of the country’s most selective universities, including Stanford University, Georgetown University, Dartmouth College, University of Colorado, MIT, Yale, Georgia Tech, and Columbia University.

    Mentorship and Peer Support
    71% of Scholars lead an organization on campus, including as student body president, student club executives, heads of community service programs, etc.

    67% of Scholars rate their Mentorship as Very Positive, 33% as Positive, 0% as Neutral, 0% as Negative

    Scholar Ratings of the Mentorship Program, 59% Very Highly, 32% Highly, 6% Somewhat Highly, 3% Somewhat Poorly, 0% Very Poorly

    55% of our Scholars discuss topics with their mentors that they do not share with anyone else.

    Internships and Professional Networking and Community Service
    The Professional Networking Program increases Scholars confidence and preparedness for future professional endeavors.
    55% Definitely feel more confident and prepared
    36% Somewhat more confident and prepared
    6% A little more confident and prepared
    3% Do not feel more confident or prepared

    5,000 hours volunteered by our Scholars in their communities for 108 organizations and events last year alone.

    20% of Scholars obtained their job through Greenhouse Scholars

    Summer Symposium
    Scholar Ratings of Summer Symposium Program
    68% Very Highly, 26% Highly, 6% Somewhat Highly

    Scholar Ratings of 2013 Summer Symposium
    80%, Among the best events I have ever attended
    20% Better than average
    0% The same as other events
    0% Lower than other events I have attended
  5. What have and haven't they accomplished so far?
    Number of Scholars Served Each Year
    119 Scholars in 2013
    92 Scholars in 2012
    70 Scholars in 2011
    58 Scholars in 2010
    50 Scholars in 2009
    39 Scholars in 2008
    24 Scholars in 2007
    10 Scholars in 2006
    5 Scholars in 2005

    Here are what some of our scholars are up to now:
    Eric is enrolled at Columbia University’s School of Public Health in a Masters program after receiving funding from Greenhouse Scholars to apply for graduate programs.

    Maria works as a Chemical Engineer for Shell Oil in Houston after graduating from CU-Boulder – she credits her Greenhouse Scholars mentor with invaluable support through her college education and job search.

    Through the Greenhouse Scholars Professional Networking program, Huong was hired as a Materials Engineer for Ball Aerospace after graduating from Stanford.

    After interning at WhiteWave Foods through Greenhouse Scholars’ internship program, Elle was hired as a full-time food researcher upon receiving her BA in Chemistry from the University of Colorado at Colorado Springs.
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Greenhouse Scholars supports high-performing, under-resourced students who graduated from high schools in Colorado and Illinois and who attend accredited 4-year colleges and universities across the country.

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Principal Officer

Alexandra Pool


Andra started as a volunteer for Greenhouse Scholars in 2005 while
working as a Strategy Associate for Greenhouse Partners. Previously,
Andra worked for the National Geographic Society’s Education Foundation,
where she helped with strategic planning and grant-making to increase
geographic literacy for children. Her additional work experience
includes the Center for International Environmental Law in Washington,
D.C., as well as the economic section of the U.S. Embassy in Amman,
Jordan. Andra graduated cum laude from Dartmouth College with a major in
Geography and a minor in Engineering. She completed her thesis on
political and social impacts of water resource management in Turkey.
Andra is an avid pilot, a skier, and a frequent backpacker.



Peter Burridge

President and CEO, Greenhouse Partners


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