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College Readiness Program


The College Readiness Program consists of three components: a 3 day, 2 night summer session, twice monthly Saturday seminars and weekly meetings with a personal Educational Mentor Tutor on the UNM campus, which take place throughout the participants’ senior year of high school.

  • Summer Session

    College Readiness Participants will live on campus for 3 days/2 nights and experience the academic and social life the university offers. The summer session consists of a philanthropy activity, college readiness preparation workshops and presenters, leadership skills activities, and team building exercises.

  • Senior Year Monthly Seminars

    Participants are required to attend two (2) monthly Saturday seminars on campus throughout their senior year where continuous information and help is offered with the goal of successfully matriculating every participant in a post-secondary education institution. The seminars cover topics such as the college application process, financial aid options and application processes, career exploration, college exploration, how to write a resume, cover letter, and personal statement. Students are also guided through the application process for scholarships such as the Daniel’s Fund Scholarship and the Gates Millennium Scholars Scholarship. Participation in the program does not guarantee being a recipient of either scholarship.

  • Senior Year Meetings With Educational Mentor Tutors

    Students meet with their Educational Mentor/Tutor (EMT) who provides one-on-one help with scholarship searches and processes, financial aid and any other help the student might need. Students meet with their EMT once every other week on the UNM Campus.

  • Dual-Enrollment 
    All College Readiness Program Participants who successfully complete our program will receive 6 elective college credits and 2 (1 per semester) elective high school credit*. This is a new component to our program and a great opportunity for students to earn college and high school credit and learn the skills for becoming a successful college student. *With eligible schools.


  • Currently be a Junior in a high school at the time of application.
  • Be considered low income by the standards of the US Department of Education.
  • Students must be nominated by their high school academic counselor/school official during the spring semester of the student’s junior year.
  • At the time of nomination student must have a 2.5 minimum cumulative GPA.
  • Must participate in the College Readiness Summer Residential Program. Summer Dates-Early June
  • Must follow through with the requirements discussed in the mandatory parent/student meeting. Late April Early May.
  • 2016-2017 Applications available February 2016