75% of Lynn students don't
advance to college
La Vida Scholars is a free college prep program in Lynn, MA.
We help match students with the best colleges for their futures with minimal debt.
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We’re a nonprofit college prep program in Lynn, MA. Our mission is to equip low-income, high-achieving students with the resources needed to enter great colleges. We award families who save with matched funds and the training necessary to make the right decisions about their child’s higher education.
Scholars off to college
According to national data, 33% of all students in the US earn a college degree. However, only 9% of students from low-income families earn a degree.
Above all, we tackle severe college under-matching in which well-qualified students, often from less affluent households, are not matched with competitive colleges.
Million in scholarships
We provide after school and college preparatory programs for families to match students with the right colleges for their futures.
% of alumni persisting
Once enrolled in college, our program continues to offer support and provide laptop computers, advising with the transition, as well as academic, financial, and career advice.
Our college prep program began in 2007 and consists of 73 current and 133 alumni families. We serve primarily immigrant families in the city of Lynn, MA whose children attend Lynn public high schools.
Services of the program include:
- Academic support
- Campus visits
- College entrance exam preparation
- Monthly family meetings
- Matched college savings
- Individualized student advising and counseling
- Help in completion of scholarship and college applications.
Since 2007, the program has helped 133 students secure over $15.2 million in grants, scholarships and awards.
Catherine “Kat” Anderson
Who we serve
LVS offers services that bridge the gap between families and the college process by providing access to their dreams of higher education. For the past decade, LVS has helped over 130 students with their post-secondary education processes. Our students graduate from our program, enter selective colleges and become the next leaders and thinkers. They are working at Google, at think tanks in Washington, D.C., and at nonprofits in the Boston area.
What we offer
The cornerstones of junior year include:
- Kaplan ACT preparatory classes
- Career Explorations course
- One-on-one advising
- College Prep curriculum
- Campus visits
- Community Service
- Summer test prep programs
The cornerstones of senior year include:
- College Prep curriculum
- Campus visits (late summer/early fall)
- Community service
- Weekly advising meetings with a La Vida staff mentor
- Minimum of 10 scholarship applications
- Minimum of 8 college applications
- FAFSA and CSS Profile
- College Life Workshops, which include sessions on money management, sexual assault, substance abuse, and mental health
- La Vida graduation
parents and Guardians
We believe that parents, guardians, and families play a critical role in the successes of our students.
Upon acceptance into the program, parents and guardians are required to sign a contract, just like students, that agrees to the following:
- Open a savings account through Metro Credit Union. Families save $300 per year and it is 100% matched at the end of each year.
- Attend monthly workshops hosted by our partner organization, Inversant.
- Attend one campus visit per year. This can be with La Vida or on their own with their student.
APPLYING TO LA VIDA
- La Vida hosts information sessions for students with qualifying GPAs at Lynn high schools. Students provide contact information if they are interested in learning more about our program. La Vida staff and students contact families of qualifying students and sign them up for an information session at the La Vida office.
- Information sessions are hosted at the La Vida office and applications are given to families. Applications are typically due at the end of the month.
- Applications are reviewed and all students and their families are interviewed by La Vida staff. A selection committee of La Vida staff, board members and alumni meet to decide on members of the incoming class.
- Students are notified of their admission status.