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.

IncomeGuidelines20182019-300x290The 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. We also encourage students to 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 defined in the table to the right.*

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 the following documents electronically. If you are unable to upload the documents, please contact [email protected].

  • 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 – See above Income Eligibility Guidelines table.
  • Academic Information: Most recent transcript or report card

Student Application Links

Interested in being considered for our program next year?

Questions? Issues? Contact the Mentee Recruiting team directly at [email protected].


*Income eligibility guidelines are based on 60% of the median income measured by the 2017 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DCVA-MD HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area which determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 project-based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs.