How a Mass. nonprofit helps ready students of color for top colleges

Thrive Scholars is a college preparatory program founded 20 years ago with the goal of helping students of color from low-income households — defined as those earning $75,000 or less a year — win seats at the nation’s top colleges. But the mission extends beyond that: it helps see participants through graduation with career counseling and other support.

This summer, there are nearly 240 students on Amherst’s campus, and 912 total participants across the six-year program.

Forty percent of Scholars go on to attend one of the nation’s 12 most selective schools — including the Ivy League, MIT, Duke, and others — and 90% enroll at one of the top 50.

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