The Aspire Program

A two-year college preparatory program that empowers local high school students to become first-generation college students

NYUSPS Aspire is a scholarship program for rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented communities who will be first-generation college students. Aspire is a two-year college prep and mentoring program that features a variety of classes and workshops, which will prepare you for the college admissions process and experience. The program begins with a one-week college immersion intensive in the summer and continues with support throughout your junior and senior year in high school.

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Final Application Deadline: May 10, 2019
Final notification: Rolling notifications throughout May

Application Requirements and Fees:

To apply, you must be a current sophomore from the New York metro/tri-state area, who will be entering your junior year following this summer. You must submit an application, as well as an official high school transcript, two recommendations (one from your guidance counselor and one personal), and answers to short essay questions.
Fees : Students admitted to the program receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of tuition, housing, and meals during the summer session and workshops during the year.

Program Dates

Aspire New Students
Start: July 28, 2019
End: August 2, 2019
Check-In: July 27, 2019
Check-Out: August 2, 2019

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Thatcher Ansong

Thatcher Ansong

With high hopes for a career in medicine, Thatcher Ansong is thrilled to be a participant in the Aspire Program.

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Mariela Lopez

Mariela Lopez

Considering a career in law, Mariela Lopez is gaining support from her Aspire Program mentor that is putting her on the path to success.

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Ryan Figueroa

Ryan Figueroa

Interested in a career in sports business, Ryan Figueroa is learning how to research the colleges that offer his intended major.

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