50TH ANNIVERSARY EDITION OF OPPORTUNITY KNOCKS
SEO SCHOLARS WELCOMES THE CLASS OF 2016!
Over 145 9th grade public high school students in New York City and San Francisco are now officially SEO Scholars! They joined us for orientation on February 2nd in San Francisco and March 2 in New York City. Saturday Academy will be getting underway in the coming weeks. Read our press release here.
SEO FOURTH ANNUAL ALTERNATIVE INVESTMENTS CONFERENCE
Friday, March 22, 2013
9:00 AM — 4:00 PM
The SEO Alternative Investments Conference promotes diversity by providing a day of educational panels and networking, increasing access and career development for more than 300 professionals from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in the alternatives sector. It features the insights of leaders from private equity, hedge funds, real estate, limited partners, fund of funds, emerging managers, and career placement firms, while fostering valuable exposure and interaction for participants.
POWER UP YOUR LEADERSHIP PERFORMANCE: retooling and rebranding for global career growth
Tuesday, February 5, 2013
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
SEO alumni and guests are invited to a dynamic discussion with author Philip A. Berry, noted executive coach and global talent executive. Learn how to assess and develop your leadership skills and other key competencies to advance within your current industry or retool and rebrand for an effective and meaningful career transition. In addition, get on a path to building the global, cross-cultural competencies that are increasingly critical to professional success.
get on board: how to seize the benefits and opportunities of serving on a nonprofit board
Tuesday, February 26, 2013
6:30 PM — 8:30 PM
SEO alumni are invited to join Nicole Sebastian, Deputy Executive Director of VCG Governance Matters, as she leads a workshop for SEO alumni on what skills and experiences nonprofit boards are looking for, how professionals can prepare to develop and apply relevant skills to impact organizations and their communities, and the personal and professional development opportunities that board service affords!
SEO SCHOLARS WIN QUESTBRIDGE FULL-TUITION SCHOLARSHIPS
The SEO Scholars Team has fantastic news to share! Three of our seniors received Questbridge College Match Scholarships and will receive full four-year scholarships to the following schools:
Bowdoin College – Diamond W., senior at Bronx Center for Science and Mathematics
Princeton University – Rosed S., senior at the High School for Environmental Studies in Manhattan
University of Pennsylvania – Katerine J., senior at New Explorers High School in the Bronx
Questbridge is a highly competitive scholarship program with less than 5% of the applicant pool offered scholarships. We are extremely proud of our three young women who worked so hard and continue to work hard in high school and in SEO Scholars. Congratulations to Diamond, Rosed and Katerine!
We REMEMBER Seo SCHOLARS MENTOR DAVE BRUBECK
The late jazz pianist and composer Dave Brubeck was a mentor with SEO Scholars in the early years of the program. He worked for many years with our students, including one Scholar who was interested in becoming a concert pianist. Dave encouraged this Scholar throughout high school and then during his time at the Berkeley School of Music. We are so grateful for the time Mr. Brubeck spent inspiring our young students of color to reach for their dreams.
SEO is selected to the S&I 100 Index!
SEO has been named one of America’s top-performing nonprofits on a new giving platform: the Social Impact Exchange’s S&I 100 Index. The Index features nonprofits that address the country’s most pressing issues in education, health, youth and poverty. Each of the 100 organizations has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and is only included if it has the ability to expand. This is the first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits that have evidence of results and the potential to grow.
We are proud to be selected based on the results of SEO Scholars. In 2012, 100% of our Scholars graduated and were admitted to college and 87.3% were admitted to colleges in the top three Barron’s selectivity categories (most, highly and very competitive). The average GPA of the SEO College Scholars is slightly higher than a B and 80.14% graduate in four years (95% graduate in six years). The U.S. six-year college graduation rate is 57%.
We are hoping to expand SEO Scholars so that more low-income public high school students can see their dream of college graduation come to fruition. Please help us share the good news with others who are looking to invest in a nonprofit with a proven impact.
To learn more, visit www.SI100.org.
Read the full press release.
SEO TAKES PART IN FIRST ANNUAL GIVING TUESDAY!
As Giving Tuesday launches the charity season, a time when we make gifts to improve the lives of others, we encourage you to consider donating to SEO Scholars to help us serve as many incoming 9th graders as possible. Last year, due to limited funds, we were only able to accept 127 students out of the 1,000 who applied. We’d love to change those numbers this winter.
Our Scholars invest 700+ hours of their time in Saturday and summer classes throughout high school. As a result, they are prepared to attend and succeed at top colleges. In fact, 80% of our Scholars graduate from college in 4 years and 95% graduate within 6 years, as compared to 57% of all college students who graduate in 6 years, nationally.
Your support really makes a difference in our ability to serve students who are being grossly shortchanged in their urban public school systems. Thank you for helping these very deserving students be all that they can be.
new partnership with CCMP Capital
CCMP Capital has joined forces in a multi-year partnership with the SEO Alternative Investments Career Internship Program to offer challenging internships to high-achieving undergraduates of color. The program will provide SEO participants with access to unique summer analyst opportunities in the highly sought after private equity industry. CCMP and its portfolio companies will also benefit from access to SEO’s deep bench of over 7,000 talented alumni.
Watch SEO Scholars on WABC-TV Eyewitness News!
Education reporter Art McFarland featured the SEO Scholars program on Tuesday, July 17, 2012. The segment takes a look at our Summer Academy at NYU with shots of opening circle and classroom instruction. We are so proud of Christian, Adonis and all the Scholars who spoke so eloquently about their experience in our program!
Watch SEO Scholars on WABC-TV Eyewitness News!
SEO Summer Mixer 2012!
SEO Scholars Class of 2012 College Admissions
Congratulations to the SEO Scholars Class of 2012! After spending more than 720 hours in SEO classes during your high school years, you are seeing the fruits of your labor. All of you will be attending college this fall, with 87% admitted to schools in the top three tiers of Barron’s categories of competitiveness. These colleges include Amherst, Syracuse, Yale, Colby, Lafayette, and Boston University. More than $1.5 million in scholarships and grants have been awarded to your class for the first year of college alone, demonstrating that many Scholars will graduate with little or no debt.
Welcome SEO Scholars Class of 2015!
On January 28, 2012, the SEO Scholars program in New York held orientation for 127 new ninth graders and their families. Welcome! You learned about the challenging but rewarding educational journey you are about to embark upon, while gaining a broader sense of our SEO values. We hope you are excited. We were thrilled to welcome this record-size class, but with more than 1,000 applicants from across New York City this year, having to turn away so many deserving and motivated students was not easy.
SEO College Scholars Winter Retreat 2012
Each winter break, SEO College Scholars return to New York for three days of workshops:
- Academic success skills
- Planning strategies
- Campus adjustment
- Connecting your major to your career
- Cover letters
- Interview skills
- Cultivating relationships
These are combined with career panels where students learn from professionals in different industries, as well as presentations by representatives of several competitive national internship programs. THANK YOU to all the SEO alumni and other volunteers who made the 2012 Winter Retreat a success!
Two SEO Scholars Awarded New York Times Scholarship
SEO Scholars Dextina Booker and Guillermo Malena were two of the eight New York City high school students named New York Times Scholars in February 2011! Each year the New York Times selects a handful of exceptional high school seniors who have overcome tremendous personal challenges for the prestigious $10,000 a year scholarship. Congrats! As the story goes with so many of our SEO Scholars students, Dextina and Guillermo have had to overcome significant obstacles — financial, personal and academic — that at times made their dream of going to college seem unattainable. After spending more than 720 hours in SEO’s rigorous academic classes, both Dextina and Guillermo have ensured that the limits of their New York City public high schools wouldn’t become their own personal limits.