Removing the barriers to

college success

The Sunrise Scholars Foundation’s mission is to provide free, comprehensive college counseling support to high-achieving underrepresented students in Florida.  The goal is to graduate students from “best fit” universities with minimal debt.

Mission to Vision

We envision a college placement environment that ensures access based on talent, community impact and personal character.  We believe this inclusivity will level the playing field and change the lives of scholars, their families and their communities.

The proof is in the facts.


Florida Student-to-Counselor Ratio (NACAC)


The bottom quartile of income represented only 3% of students enrolling at the most competitive institutions…


…The top quartile represents 72% (Jack Kent Cook Foundation)

$1 Million

College graduates earn $1 million more in earnings over their lifetime than non-college grads (Georgetown)

90,000 Students

ACT identified nearly 90,000 students in the class of 2015 who met all four ACT college-readiness benchmarks and earned an average ACT composite score of 27.6 (close to the 90th percentile), but did not enroll in college this past year. (ACT)


How we help our students

College Readiness and Admission Support

Professional one-on-one counseling with an experienced college counselor

Access to the Summer Symposium

A weeklong immersive experience with college professionals and professors from some of the best academic institutions in the United States

Standardized Testing Preparation

Personalized test prep provided via Revolution Prep

Technological Access

Each scholar receives an Apple iPad with a data plan to ensure that technology is a support tool, not a roadblock

College Matriculation Support

Students will receive social and financial aid guidance to ensure a “best-fit”

Post Admission

Students will have weekly check-ins with their Sunrise Scholar counselor, as well as peers from the Sunrise Scholar “family.”


The Sunrise Scholars Foundation seeks high-achieving Florida students who excel in the classroom and in their community.  To be eligible for the Sunrise Scholarship, you must be a high school Junior and currently reside in the state of Florida. Preference will be given to students who are underrepresented in higher education, which may include first-generation, low-income, and minority students.


It takes a village to support children in the college process and beyond.

We aim to support parents with transparent communication and holistic programming that reflects our belief that family support is key to college success.

By working collaboratively with counselors, we hope to ease counselor workloads while respectfully supporting existing processes.


There are numerous ways to support the Sunrise Scholars mission to level the college admissions playing field.  Supporters can make a donation, volunteer time, mentor a student, supply an internship opportunity for a scholar.


Learn more about college access issues that make the Sunrise Scholars Foundation’s mission so vital.