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The Collegewise Scholarship

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By Collegewise Staff on May, 18 2021 | 6 minute read

The Collegewise Scholarship application is now live! Whether you're a parent, guardian, educator, or student, read on for more details about the scholarship's history and purpose, and what to do next if you know a student who'd be interested in applying.


Our History
In 2018, we launched the Collegewise Scholarship Program to formally assist under-resourced students with their college application process. That year, our first group of students worked closely with their assigned Collegewise counselors. They built college lists, worked on essays, and presented their very best applications for admissions consideration. Our first group of students was accepted to a wide range of schools—from multiple University of California campuses, to Case Western, UT-Arlington, Hood College, and Harvard University. In 2019, we welcomed our second cohort and, in addition to being admitted to campuses like the University of Chicago, Duke, UT-Dallas, and many more, five of our students became finalists for QuestBridge’s National College Match. In 2020, we partnered with Michelle Obama’s Reach Higher foundation to expand our cohort and worked with even more students across the country to achieve their college goals!


What is the Collegewise Scholarship?
The Collegewise Scholarship pairs low-income students with one of our counselors, and they work one-on-one to help students navigate the entire college selection and application process. From building a college list, identifying summer activities, brainstorming and crafting a personal statement, all the way through the nuts and bolts of the college application process, a Collegewise counselor will be there for their student every step of the way.

The Collegewise Scholarship accepts rising seniors in the class of 2022 who are United States citizens, permanent residents, or DACA/undocumented students attending a U.S. high school. Students, if you have any questions while working on your application, please email us at

The Priority Deadline for this application is June 18th. The earlier you submit, the better. We will evaluate any applications that come in after this deadline on a case-by-case basis.

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Students graduating in 2023 or later
While we're currently only accepting applications from students in the class of 2022, you can sign up here to receive updates on future scholarship cycles (and get plenty of free resources in the meantime). 


Frequently Asked Questions

Is this a scholarship I can use to pay for college?

The Collegewise Scholarship is not a monetary scholarship. Rather, it is a free opportunity to work with a private counselor throughout your application season. However, our counselors work closely with students and over the past three years have helped them discover, apply to, and secure merit and need-based scholarships to pay for the cost of college.

If I’m selected, who will I work with?

Learn more about our counselors here!

Who should apply?

We welcome all applicants who are planning to apply to 4-year colleges and universities in the fall and would be excited to receive assistance. While we evaluate the academic rigor and performance of students, we are not looking for a specific GPA. We do check to make sure that you are fulfilling college requirements, on track to graduate, and demonstrate the ability to succeed academically in a college environment – just as colleges will – but if you feel that your academic record doesn’t capture your true potential, let us know!

Do I need an SAT or ACT score to apply?

No! We’re big supporters of the test-optional movement for colleges and have never required a test score to apply (or used them to evaluate applicants). While you can let us know your score if you believe it will be helpful, it is not used to evaluate students – especially now that students have so many options if they want to apply without the SAT or ACT.

When should I submit?

While our application is due on June 18th, we encourage you to submit your application sooner. Applications are read as they are received, and spots can fill up. Additionally, we’ve found that students who have the most time to work with a counselor can benefit most from their help with college-list building, testing advice, and essay assistance.

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About Us: With more than twenty years of experience, Collegewise counselors and tutors are at the forefront of the ever-evolving admissions landscape. Our work has always centered on you: the student. And just like we’ve always done, we look for ways for you to be your best self - whether it’s in the classroom, in your applications or in the right-fit college environment. Our range of tools include counselingtest prepacademic tutoring, and essay management, all with the support of our proprietary platform, leading to a 4x higher than average admissions rates. 


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