The student recruitment cycle for 2019-20 program year has closed. If you are interested in joining Minds Matter Boston, the application will reopen in the spring of 2020. Please reach out to with any questions.

Being a mentee

High school students are admitted as sophomores and spend three years in the program, receiving:

  • Weekly ACT and Writing and Critical Thinking instruction from professional partners

  • Weekly 2 hour mentorship from two dedicated volunteers

  • Paid tuition and board for college summer programs at leading universities

  • Access to experts on the college and financial aid processes

Student Qualifications

  • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher

  • Are committed to pursuing a college education

  • Are in the Class of 2022

  • Qualify for free or reduced lunch under the federal guidelines

  • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility

  • Are active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part-time jobs included)

In order to reach those who most need our services, Minds Matter is committed to serving students who are not being served by other programs that offer similar services. As such, we do not accept students who participate in the following programs:

  • Harvard Crimson

  • Summer Search

  • Squashbusters

  • Tenacity

  • SEED Academy

  • Steppingstone

  • Freedom House

  • Noonan Scholars

  • La Vida Scholars

  • Let’s Get Ready

  • Upward Bound

  • OneGoal 


Sessions are held on Saturday at the MIT Campus.

  • Sophomore session is from 9:00 am - 2:15 pm.

  • Junior session is from 9:00 AM - 2:15 PM.

  • Senior session is from 11:00 AM - 1:00 PM.

  • There are approximately 25 sessions each year.

  • Mentees are expected to miss no more than 4 of the 25 sessions.

  • Mentees must agree to apply to and attend a recommended college-immersion summer program.

Apply to be a mentee

Application: All interested students are required to submit an application consisting of short answer questions, an essay, and family information. Applicants must complete BOTH the Student Form and the Parent Form. 

Applications for the 2019-20 program year will be accepted from Monday, February 25th - Monday, April 8th, 2019.  Please see the steps below with the appropriate links to get started:

*The Recommender Form is only required for students who would like to be nominated to the program, but have a GPA below a 3.0. A teacher, administrator, or community leader must complete the the form.

Notes about the Online Application:

  • Please remember to choose "Boston" as the Chapter on the Student and Parent forms.

  • The online application will not always save your work. Please write all short answer and essay responses in a word document so your work is not lost! Once completed, copy and paste your responses into the online application.

  • Proofread, proofread, proofread! Before submitting your application, ask an adult to proofread your short answers and essay.

  • Use consistent labeling for all document uploads (First Name Last Name Document Name). For example, if your name is Mary Smith, your documents would be labeled:

    • Mary Smith Tax Forms

    • Mary Smith Transcript

For help with the online application email


Submit applications: February 25th - April 8th

Applications due: April 8th

Interviews: May 4th - Following the submission of applications on Monday, April 8th, qualified applicants will be asked to interview with Minds Matter’s Executive Committee to gauge interest and assess commitment to the program. 

The selection process is highly competitive and results in a pool of dedicated and talented students. In 2019, less than one-third of applicants were accepted to Minds Matter Boston.


For any questions, please email