Apply to MLT Ascend


MLT Ascend is a college success and career readiness program for low-income and first-generation college students who identify as Black, Latinx, or Native American.

The program is provided at NO COST to students and includes professional one-on-one college-to-career coaching, community-building events, access to prestigious employers for internships, professional skill development workshops, scholarships, and career-specific mentorship through MLT Alumni.

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Interested in MLT Ascend?

  • Priority Deadline – April 30th | Begin working with a coach by June 2024
  • 2nd Round Deadline – June 17th | Begin working with a coach by July 2024
  • Final Deadline – August 5th | Begin working with a coach by mid-August 2024

Eligibility Criteria

To apply for MLT Ascend, individuals must meet the following criteria for eligibility:

  • Education: Must currently be admitted to or enrolled in a four year university or two year community college with intent to complete a Bachelor’s degree
  • Must be a current graduating High School senior, or current college freshman or sophomore, or current college junior who will graduate in 18 months or more.
  • GPA: Minimum college GPA of 2.8 (cumulative) or compelling evidence of academic achievement*
  • Race/Ethnicity: African-American, Latinx, Native American, or multi-racial
  • Income: Low or moderate-income and/or first-generation (neither parent earned a college degree)

*For applicants with a college GPA below 2.8, consideration may be given to one’s cumulative high school record, standardized test scores, academic honors, or demonstrated improvement in the current semester or summer courses.


Ascend Community Partners & Nominating Universities


  • Chicago:

    • Gary Comer College Prep
    • iMentor Chicago
    • LINK Unlimited
    • OneGoal Chicago
    • Genesys Works Chicago
    • Christ the King High School
    • Cristo Rey Jesuit High School
  • New York City:

    • CollegeBound Initiative
    • iMentor NYC
    • KIPP NYC
    • Eagle Academy Foundation
    • Cristo Rey New York High School
    • KIPP NYC
  • San Francisco:

    • College Track
    • iMentor Bay Area
    • KIPP Northern California
    • OneGoal Bay Area
    • 10,000 Degrees
    • Aspire Public Schools
    • FRWD Collective
    • OneGoal Bay Area
    • Summer Math and Science Honors Academy (SMASH)
  •  Washington, DC:

    • Georgetown University
    • Howard University
    • American University
    • Bishop McNamara High School
    • Big Brothers Big Sisters

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