Accolades

Charity Navigator: Perfect 100 Point Rating (2017 - Present)

America’s premier charity evaluator has awarded SEO with a perfect rating.
Less than 1% of rated charities have earned perfect scores and SEO is one of only four education organizations to do so.

Charity Navigator: 4-Star Rating (2017 - Present)

SEO earned its 5th consecutive 4-star rating.
Less than 6% of charities have received 5 straight 4-star ratings, the highest rating available.

Independent Evaluation by Policy Studies Associates, Inc. (2014)

An independent study proves that SEO Scholars closes the achievement gap. Program participants either outscored or matched all national testtakers on the SAT composite score, including white test-takers, test-takers of the same GPA band, and test-takers of the same ethnicity.

S&I 100 / Social Impact Exchange (2013-Present)

SEO has been named one of America’s top 100 nonprofits on this first-ever broad index of U.S. nonprofits. Each organization featured has been rigorously screened for proof of impact and ability to expand.

Root Cause’s Highest Rating (2014-2016)

SEO Scholars earned 47 out of 50 points in Program Performance and Organizational Health from independent analysts at Root Cause. Root Cause analyzed peer performance in the category of College Access and Success and stated that SEO Scholars has a distinctive program model, strong college-going culture, is the most data-driven organization and has a robust organizational infrastructure.

GuideStar Exchange (2012-Present)

SEO earned the GuideStar Exchange Seal, demonstrating our commitment to transparency.

Grant Winner, “Effective Philanthropy in Urban Communities” (2013)

In a competition of137 non-profits in the Education sector, Columbia Business School students researched, evaluated and selected SEO Scholars as the top non-profit in the Education category and the top nonprofit across all five eligible categories.

The Giving Library (2013)

SEO Scholars was selected to be featured on the Giving Library, an online video archive launched by The Laura and John Arnold Foundation that connects donors to nonprofits. In the video series, SEO’s president & CEO makes the case for why SEO Scholars is an excellent program to support.

College Board Innovation Award Winner (2011)

For college preparatory programs in the Middle States Region.