A Better Chance: An Organization Providing Educational Opportunities To Students Of Color

By: Alex Wood

A Better Chance is an organization that has been around since 1963 and has an impressive alumni of over 15,000 people. Their mission is to provide students of color in the nation the chance to become well-educated with a number of educational opportunities. They have a signature program called, College Preparatory Schools Program (CPSP), which recruits, refers and supports about 500 Better Chance Scholars a year in over 300 schools nationally.

CPSP is available to students in 4th through 9th grade that are in college preparatory middle schools and high schools. The program is not available to students who are applying to college or who have parents that are Better Chance alumni. In order for a student to be eligible they must:

• Perform at or above grade level in math and English
• Overall academic average of a B+ or better
• Participate in extracurricular activities
• Top 10% of their class
• Demonstrate leadership potential
• Receive teacher recommendations

The application and program are free to students. It is a 3 step, 18 month long process that includes an Applicant Phase, a Candidate Phase, and a Scholar Phase. Each phase has different steps to follow including information sessions, applications, testing, and interviews. A Better Chance suggests that students apply early to their program (e.g. student applies while they are in 7th grade to be a scholar in 9th grade).

Applications for A Better Chance are available now with a deadline of April 15, 2018 and can be found here: