What are the requirements to join?
- Students must have weekly evening access to our program headquarters in central San Diego or our satellite location in Solana Beach (program is from 6:00pm – 9:00pm).
- Students are typically from low-income households
- Participants will typically be first-generation college students (parent, grandparents, and beyond did not attend college).
- There is no GPA requirement of applicants. However, once students are ending their junior year in high school, they have an increased chance of entering the program if their GPA is a 3.0 or higher.
- Students can apply as late as early June after their junior year.
- To remain on our applicant list, students must submit their progress reports and semester grades every six weeks.
- Student must complete all parts of the application
- Main application booklet + consent form
- Financial worksheet
- Handwritten personal story answering two prompts
- Optional: Any achievements, awards, letters of recommendations
HOW DO I APPLY TO THE PROGRAM?
For students who are interested in applying for the program, the first thing they should do is download the student application, fill it out, and then send/bring it to us (by mail or in person). After we receive the application, we will send the student a request for a handwritten story and a financial worksheet. All materials should be sent to our City Heights (Headquarters) location:
3910 University Avenue
San Diego, CA 92105
We typically review applications right before every semester, but we encourage students to apply as soon as possible to make sure complete (application + story + worksheet) applications are turned in by the next review. Application reviews for incoming seniors begin in early June (at the end of junior year).
HOW DO I FIND OUT THE STATUS OF A STUDENT'S ENROLLMENT?
To find the status of an application, please contact:
WHAT IS YOUR STUDENT-TO-STAFF RATIO?
The student to instructor ratio for Scholarship City is about 20:1
WHAT ACTIVITIES WILL 12TH GRADERS PARTICIPATE IN?
College Apps Academy is exclusively for seniors preparing for college. We help senior students with everything that has to do with college, from initial searches through final acceptance and financial aid. Students are eligible to earn scholarships for College Apps Academy, like they would for college, to offset some of the costs.
CAN STUDENTS WHO HAVE NOT BEEN ACCEPTED SIT IN ON A PROGRAM?
No. Out of fairness to other students on the waiting list, students must wait until they are accepted before visiting a program night.
DO YOU PROVIDE TRANSPORTATION TO EVENTS?
Transportation is dependent on the event. Students are expected to be able to get to and from the program each week. Reality Changers has a door-to-door policy regarding students leaving the program. We must see students leave our program doors and enter the car doors of the parents/guardians that pick them up from program. Students are not allowed to walk/bike/skateboard home because we cannot be certain that such students make it home.
As for events, transportation is provided on an event-by-event basis. Students are notified in advance if they will need a ride for an event.
WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN FOR THE NIGHTLY PROGRAMS?
In addition to leaving the nightly program premises (see transportation question), there are safety precautions that Reality Changers upholds throughout the whole evening. All program visitors check into the lobby check-in table. Additionally, the building doors lock at 7:00pm, so no other guests should be able to access the program space after this time without notice to the program staff. Except for other regular programming/building tenants in the building, program visitors have a strict and chaperoned visit of the program. Our kitchen staff attempts to be up-to-date on students’ dietary restrictions. In case of a medical emergency, some program leaders on staff are CPR + First Aid certified. We would also take other necessary medical or emergency precautions as needed. Please see the student medical and participation consent form (in the student application) for specifics.
If students have allergies or situations that need attention, they should always report these to their Achievement Coach or program leader so the staff can take the necessary precautions.
WHAT SAFETY MEASURES ARE TAKEN FOR THE OFF-CAMPUS PROGRAMS?
For off-site programs and events for College Town, staff keep close track of students and the surrounding environment. Additionally, all rules that are typically honored at the program are enacted off-site. For example, the door-to-door policy when students leave programming (see transportation question).
HOW MANY VOLUNTEER HOURS ARE EXPECTED YEARLY FOR COLLEGE APPS ACADEMY STUDENTS?
Volunteer tutors are expected to commit to one entire program night per week for the entire school year. This means that tutors arrive at 5:45pm and leave at 9:00pm on their assigned night for every week that the students have school. If volunteers would like additional hours during the year, they are welcome to sign up for an additional program night or they can volunteer for special events and assignments. Special events include, but are not limited to community service, the scholarship celebration, and summer programming. We are also able to work with university students to accommodate their course requirements in terms of responsibilities and number of hours.
DO YOU PERFORM BACKGROUND CHECKS ON ALL STAFF AND VOLUNTEERS?
Yes, Reality Changers performs background checks on all staff and volunteers.
HOW DOES REALITY CHANGERS ASSIST WITH SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS?
Reality Changers’ team of college admission experts assist students with scholarships in three main ways:
- Providing an extensive list of available scholarships
- Supporting students in the creation of their essays by editing and giving feedback
- Helping students learn how to find scholarships and financial aid in college