Becoming a Sunrise Scholar

The Sunrise Scholars Foundation focuses on college access, perseverance, and completion for all scholars. Our program will help students as they prepare for and choose the right college based on their interests, passions, and needs. After high school, our counselors continue to help scholars navigate the scholastic, social, and financial challenges both in college and in the world beyond.



Summer Symposium

Imagine having access to some of the top admissions professionals in the world. Through the Sunrise Scholars Summer Symposium, a student will have this and much more.

What is the Symposium?

Hosted at a Florida College or University, the symposium will be a weeklong immersive experience for all Sunrise Scholars. While there, Scholars will be able to:

  • Learn directly from admission leaders at some of the most selective colleges and universities

  • Develop a close-knit network of peers made up of other scholars and professionals from diverse backgrounds

  • Expand their understanding of challenges facing under-represented students in higher education and refine their skillset to deal with some of those challenges

  • Engage in college-level lectures and coursework to ensure preparedness for freshman year.

Counseling and College Support

Standardized Testing Preparation

Standardized Testing Preparation

We recognize that for many students, standardized testing can be a challenging and inherently biased hurdle. Therefore, all Sunrise Scholars will receive formal test preparation.

Technological Access

Technological Access

Technology should be a tool for education, not a roadblock. As a result, all named scholars will receive an Apple iPad with a data plan. So that no matter where they live, connecting with their counselors, peers, or college admission representatives will not prove to be an issue.

College Matriculation Support

College Matriculation Support

When it comes to applying, sometimes it is hard to know where to start. This is why all scholars will have a dedicated and experienced counselor to take them step by step through the college application process. From making a college list to comparing financial aid packages, someone is there every step of the way.

College Readiness and Admissions Support

College Readiness and Admissions Support

Sunrise Scholars will have early access to a diverse network of admission and other college professionals to help guide them through their process via an immersive summer symposium. As Scholars progress through the college process, so does their support team. Access to an experienced full-time college counselor, technological resources, as well as a close-knit network of peers are just a few of the resources.



Getting into college is just the beginning–being successful in college is a challenge all its own. At the Sunrise Scholars Foundation, we create a structure to make college graduation a reality.

While in college scholars will receive:

  • Continued support from your counselor
  • Weekly access to, and check-ins with your peer network
  • Financial support for books and supplies
  • Access to new scholars and industry professionals to expand your network
  • Internship with one of our partners


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