At a time when the country was grappling with the stain of racial segregation, Sponsors for Educational Opportunity (SEO) was founded as a mentoring program to help underserved students gain admission to largely-white private colleges and universities. Executives at top firms in law, finance, advertising and industry worked one-on-one with Scholars, helping them get into colleges such as Harvard, Dartmouth, Williams, Smith, Mt. Holyoke, Columbia and Brown as well as SUNY and CUNY colleges.
SEO Career launches to bring promising college students of color into businesses that want to increase their racial diversity. Eleven summer interns are placed at five investment banks.
SEO London launches.
SEO finds that their Scholars can gain access to top colleges but are not always academically prepared to thrive there. In fact, U.S. Department of Education research shows that “A” work in low-income schools equaled “C” work in affluent schools. This sparks a transformation of the SEO Scholars program from a mentor-centered experience to a more rigorous out-of-school academic program featuring Saturday and summer classes.
Grand opening of SEO headquarters in the heart of the financial district in New York City.
SEO Career launches in China.
SEO Alternative Investments launches to provide education, exposure, training and mentoring opportunities to talented professionals traditionally under-represented in the alternative investments sector.
SEO Career launches in Vietnam.
SEO Scholars is independently recommended to donors as a high-performing organization in the College Access and Success field by Social Impact Research, an independent research department of Root Cause.
The College Board recognizes SEO Scholars as one of the recipients of the 2011 CollegeKeys Compact Innovation Awards. The $5,000 grant helps sustain the program, recognizing our “innovation and demonstrated efficacy in increasing the percentage of low-income students who are ready for, get into or get through college successfully.”
SEO Scholars expands to San Francisco.
Over 1,000 New York City rising 9th graders applied for 127 spots in SEO Scholars.
SEO Career places 321 college interns at 55 partner companies and organizations.
Charity Navigator, America’s premier charity evaluator, awards SEO a coveted four-star rating for its sound fiscal management.
SEO is selected as one of the top-performing nonprofits in the country by Social Impact Exchange’s new giving platform, S&I 100. Each of the 100 organizations included has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and ability to expand.
SEO celebrates 50 years of matching talent with opportunity!