We Are
Minds Matter Cleveland

Transforming the lives of accomplished high school students from low-income families by broadening their dreams and preparing them for success in college and beyond.


All of our students have been accepted into a four-year college

We equip high school students with the tools to gain acceptance to a four-year university and navigate the financial aid process. Through these efforts, we help our students develop as individuals. We introduce them to a world of opportunity outside their neighborhoods and comfort zones. Minds Matter believes that no student dedicated to earning a college education should be limited by socioeconomic status.

Our Students

Students admitted to Barron’s Most, Highly, or Very Competitive schools


Minimum student GPA


Substantial improvement in ACT scores

+45 percentile points

Our students represent sophomores, juniors and seniors from 15 high schools in the Cleveland Metropolitan School District, inner-ring suburbs, and private institutions.

What People Are Saying

Anthony | Minds Matter Cleveland 2016 | Wesleyan University 2020

"Minds Matter has had a tremendous impact on me. Without the support, financially and academically, I wouldn't have been able to have the experiences I had, such as my summer programs in Washington and visiting China for the second time. Additionally, the invaluable mentorship has molded me into a better leader, a life-long learner, and a productive citizen. Without Minds Matter, I wouldn't be the person I am today.”

Ben | Minds Matter Cleveland 2018 | Vassar College 2022

"Without the ACT prep and support provided by Minds Matter, there's no way I could have gotten a score of 31 on the ACT. Minds Matter has also really helped me come out of my shell. After three years in the program I've learned how to confidently interact with just about anyone."

Renee Minds Matter Cleveland 2016 | Miami University 2020

"Minds Matter has impacted me by helping to expand my idea of what I am capable of including providing me with a great support network to help better myself academically, personally, and many other things. Minds Matter has also allowed me the chance to have many different experiences that I wouldn’t have otherwise."

Are you ready to get involved?

Are you interested in being a student, volunteer, or sponsor? We look forward to hearing from you!