Overcoming Barriers with Urban Scholars
Closing the education gap isn't just about individuals. By empowering extraordinary students we transform our world.
According to the US Bureau of Labor Statistics, college grads earn 84% more than high school grads. However, high costs put college out of reach for many.
At Lesley, we know potential isn't defined by socioeconomic status. That's why Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) provides tuition assistance, tutoring, mentoring, as well as book and supply stipends, to support students' financial, academic, and emotional needs.
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To maintain a tight-knit, supportive community, space is limited to 20 on a first-come, first-serve basis. Apply today.
Mark Your Calendars
Lesley University’s Urban Scholars Initiative (USI) is celebrating the 10th anniversary of its inaugural student cohort on October 13, 2023 at 12:45 pm in the Washburn Auditorium!
A program designed through the lens of equity, USI has pioneered the framework for college access and transitional success for students pursuing higher education throughout Greater Boston. Beginning with a class of 5 students, over the past decade, over 100 graduates have earned their bachelor’s degree.
Please join us as we commemorate this milestone event during Family and Friends Weekend 2023!
Our programming is based on three pillars of success:
- Social and Emotional Intelligence - challenging students to discover ther purpose and inner strength.
- Career Exploration - encouraging students to explore their passions as well as identify career paths.
- Community Building - connecting students with like minds and shared experiences.
Since 2013, over 200 students have participated, with a first year retention of over 80%. All of our graduates are the first in their families to attend college!