Apply to MLT Ascend


MLT Ascend is a college success and career preparation program for low-income and first-generation college students who identify as African-American, Latinx, or Native American. The program includes one-on-one and group support, access to prestigious employers for internships, skills development seminars and training, and exposure to the MLT national network.




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Eligibility Criteria

  • Rising college sophomore attending a 4-year college or university for the 2021-2022 academic year
  • Minimum college GPA of 2.8 (cumulative) or compelling evidence of academic achievement*
  • Nominated by an MLT community or university partner
  • African-American, Latinx, Native American or multi-racial
  • Low and 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
  • New York City:

    • CollegeBound Initiative
    • iMentor NYC
    • KIPP NYC
    • Eagle Academy Foundation
  • San Francisco:

    • Aspire Public Schools
    • College Track
    • iMentor Bay Area
    • KIPP Bay Area
  •  Washington, DC:

    • American University
    • Georgetown University
    • Howard University


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