Becoming a Minds Matter Student

Students

APPLY TO BE A MENTEE

Application: Incoming students are required in the Spring of their 9th grade year to submit an application consisting of short answer questions, writing samples, letters of recommendation, and family information.  Completed applications (both the student and parent forms) must be given to your college guidance counselor. Applications for the 2017-2018 academic year will be due in March 2017.

THE APPLICATION FOR THE 2016-2017 ACADEMIC YEAR IS CLOSED. CHECK BACK IN THE SPRING FOR THE 2017-2018 APPLICATION.

Interview: Following the submission of their applications, qualified applicants will be asked to interview with Minds Matter of Denver’s Mentee Recruitment Team to gauge interest and assess commitment to the program. 

Selection: The selection process is highly competitive and results in a pool of dedicated and talented young adults. In 2016, fewer than 50% of applicants were accepted to Minds Matter Denver. Applicants will be notified of their admissions decision in the week following their interviews.

BEING A MENTEE

High school students apply and are admitted as 9th graders and start as 10th graders, spending three years in the program. They'll receive -- at no cost to families (ever!):

  • Weekly mentorship from dedicated young professionals that stay with the students through the program
  • Paid tuition for college summer programs at leading universities
  • Three years of weekly 2.5-hour college prep sessions, including writing, public speaking, and professional development
  • 15-20 hours of ACT prep from professionals
  • Expert guidance from our affiliate college preparatory partners
  • Full support in the college and scholarship application process

STUDENT QUALIFICATIONS

At Minds Matter of Denver, we look for students who:

  • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.25 or higher
  • Are committed to pursuing a college education
  • Apply as 9th grade students at certain Denver Public Schools (North, South, East, West Early College, West Leadership Academy, and Denver Center for International Studies)
  • Qualify for the free/reduced lunch program
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility
  • Are active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part time jobs included)

YOUR COMMITMENT

Sessions are held on Monday at Denver West High School from 6:00-8:30 p.m.

There are approximately 25 sessions each year.

Mentees are expected to attend 90% of these 25 sessions.

Mentees must agree to apply to and attend a recommended college summer program.

For any questions, please email mjmullner@gmail.com or julieescseltz@gmail.com

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