Diversity in Higher Education

Just 8% of students from low-income communities will graduate from college by age 24.  What about the 92 percent?

In a money-driven world with college consultants, SAT prep classes, and paid tutors, the college admissions process has become almost a science that is rigged for the wealthy.  Students from affluent communities apply to colleges en masse with their enriched extracurricular activities, perfect GPAs, and high SAT scores.

For a student coming from an underserved community, the college application is an arduous process that can be overwhelming with the Common Application, exam submissions, and cycle of deadlines.  Without a guide, students can become lost and frustrated by the lack of support from their guidance counselor, family, and community.  Mostly in low-income communities, it is a harsh reality that there is only one guidance counselor for every 1,000 students in California.  There aren’t even enough hours in a day for a counselor to meet and explain the application process thoroughly.  How can we as Stanford students help expand college admissions resources?

The Phoenix Scholars is a free mentorship program that helps first-generation, low-income, and/or minority students rise into college. Last year, all 93 of our scholars were accepted into four-year universities.  This year, we have 220 scholars with over 100 Stanford students serving as their mentors.  Our program helps these students by providing regular guidance and support throughout the admissions process. We help students soar and reach their true potential.

Please help us support the Phoenix Scholars in the Pepsi Refresh Project grant. Voting has already begun and will end on December 31st.

You can help in the following ways:

  • Click this link and vote through the website and post the page to your facebook page: http://www.refresheverything.com/phoenixscholars 
  • Text 110798 to the number ” 73774 “
  • **Please Do both of these things daily–You can vote twice every day!!
  • Forward this to any lists you may be a part of, any people at other schools that may be willing to help, any organizations or businesses that have a large messaging base, and family and friends that care.

We have the opportunity to get at least 30,000+ votes easily. Please help us to continue to be a force in change


Phoenix Scholars Team

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