The Minds Matter application is comprised of a series of short answer questions and an essay, a guidance counselor or teacher recommendation, a parent/guardian commitment form, a high school transcript, and an in-person interview. Students must also have proof of U.S. citizenship/residence as well as demonstrated financial need.

A Minds Matter applicant must:

  • Be a freshman student during the application year
  • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.5 or higher
  • Be committed to pursuing a college education
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility
  • Be active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part time jobs included)
  • Show that he/she would benefit greatly from a summer academic experience
  • Be committed to attending weekly Minds Matter sessions during the school year

Minds Matter rewards hard work, commitment and achievement, and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Student Application

Guidance Counselor Nomination Form

Teacher Recommendation Form

Parent/Guardian Form