Dorson Scholars Program
FROM COLLEGE TO CAREER
The Dorson Scholars Program is a tuition-free, four-year, college prep program that supports highly motivated, inner-city, high school students.
Throughout high school, Dorson Scholars engage in year-round programming that offers college readiness skill-building, career exploration and professional development, SAT exam preparation, and college advising to prepare them for admission to the colleges of their dreams. If accepted into the program, Scholars make a commitment to participate in all four years of high school.
The Underclassmen Program
Each fall, we select a small cohort of 9th graders to begin their early engagement with the college prep process through our two-year Underclassmen Program. As underclassmen, students participate in two courses:
The College Readiness Course is a bi-monthly seminar designed to provide Dorson Scholars with the necessary personal development and classroom skills needed to succeed as high school students in preparation for college coursework. Topics will focus on building and improving skills in the following areas: study habits and notetaking, writing, time-management, short and long term goal setting, teamwork, public speaking, and personal branding.
The Career Development Course is a bi-monthly workshop that encourages Dorson Scholars to explore their career interests while gaining exposure to a variety of career pathways and building connections with professionals in their local community. Dorson Scholars also develop competencies critical to college preparation and professional success, including resume writing, interviewing skills, and professional communications.
In an effort to build leadership skills through community engagement, Dorson Scholars also participate in seasonal Community Service Projects, including our Feed the Homeless Initiative and Toys for Tots Drive.
The Upperclassmen Program
At the start of 11th grade, Dorson Scholars transition to our two-year Upperclassmen Program, where they focus on the college admissions process by participating in two courses:
The SAT Prep Course is a bi-weekly seminar designed to arm Dorson Scholars with the necessary skills to ace the SAT exam. While in a small, supportive classroom environment, students learn vital test-taking strategies, including how to eliminate wrong answers, skim through lengthy paragraphs, and pace themselves through the exam, as well as receive opportunities to take practice diagnostic tests to track their progress.
The College Advising Course is a bi-monthly course that provides supplementary college admissions support through workshops and mentorship throughout the college application process. Dorson Scholars receive support around finalizing their college lists, writing and editing a strong personal statement, and understanding the financial aid process.
Throughout the four-year program, Dorson Scholars gain the opportunity to also participate in three additional programs designed to further strengthen their academic interests, college readiness, and personal development:
At the conclusion of their four years with the Dorson Scholars Program, students will have developed a sense of personal, college and career awareness while possessing the tools and self-confidence to succeed in college and beyond.