Minds Matter students are determined, focused,
and fully aware of the value of higher education
to their lifelong successes.

How to Apply

To ensure that the organization reaches the most dedicated and qualified students, Minds Matter DC has a rigorous and highly competitive application process.

The Minds Matter application is comprised of a series of short answer questions and a few essays, a parent/guardian commitment form, and an in-person interview. While optional, it is highly recommended that students also have a guidance counselor or teacher complete a nomination form on their behalf. Students must have proof of U.S. citizenship as well as demonstrate financial need as defined by Free/Reduced Student Lunch guidelines.

At Minds Matter DC, we look for students who:

  • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher
  • Are committed to pursuing a college education
  • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility
  • Are active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part time jobs included)
  • Show that he/she would benefit greatly from a summer academic experience

Minds Matter is a meritocratic organization that rewards hard work, dedication and achievement, and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Before you apply, make sure you have available the following documents electronically. If you are unable to upload the documents, please contact

  • Proof of US Citizenship or Permanent Residency: Copy of Birth Certificate, Social Security Card, Passport, Greencard, or Visa
  • Proof of Financial Need: Copy of your most recent signed Federal tax form for both parents (IRS Form 1040), OR (for families on government assistance) an official letter from a social worker – Review our financial need guidelines here to ensure your eligibility for the program.
  • Academic Information: Most recent transcript or report card

Student Application Links

Interested in being considered for our program next year?

Students – Click Here to Apply!

Parents – Click Here to Complete a Parent/Guardian Commitment Form

Guidance Counselors and Teachers – Click Here to Nominate Students

Questions? Issues? Contact the mentee recruiting team directly at