The University of Vermont is starting a new program to provide a range of counseling and support services to upstanding D.C. public high school students with college aspirations.
The InspirED Project will select 25 students from various public schools on the basis of nominations by teachers, counselors and school administrators.
The project was developed in response to a call for innovative pilot projects by the Coalition for College. The Coalition is a diverse group of 140 colleges and universities across the nation that enable students, particularly those from disadvantaged backgrounds, to obtain a postsecondary degree.
“The goal of the project is to provide enrichment programs to students that support our secondary school colleagues in facilitating the best student outcomes,” Ryan Hargraves, director of admissions at the University of Vermont, said.
“InspirED will build on the great work being done by the D.C. Public School’s College and Career Team by providing talented young people with even greater exposure to experts and experiences to optimize their college search and admissions experiences. Our hope is that the program can have a significant impact on students’ lives and trajectories.”
Students who are selected for the program will be mentored by five college counseling professionals starting from the second semester of their junior year until their graduation. These students will also have access to content experts who will help them with essay writing, financial aid and merit scholarship searches.
The program is scheduled to begin later this month.