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Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA)

A national, non-profit organization that helps develop academic and leadership skills in public high school students who come from low-income households or will be first-generation college students. LEDA Scholars are recruited as juniors in high school and spend the following summer at the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute. The 7-week summer program is free and includes leadership study, writing instruction, standardized test preparation and college guidance.
315 Thirty-ninth Street, New York, New York 10018
(646) 787-0628
ledascholars.org

A Call to College

Works to assure that every Newark High School graduate has the opportunity to pursue higher education by providing one-on-one advisory services, high school course selection, SAT/ACT information, college selection & application help, college visits and more. They also offer programs for elementary and middle school students.
314 Granville Road, Newark, Ohio 43055
(740) 670-7424
acalltocollege.org

Bridges to Success

Provides guidance and supportive services to young adults who left foster care in Ohio at ages 18, 19 or 20 as they transition to adulthood. They offer services in housing, education, employment and help youth with getting health insurance, finding a doctor or improving physical or mental health in any way.
Central Region
(614) 655-8259
bridgestosuccess.jfs.ohio.gov

College Confidential

Helps students find the best education for their career goals through community discussion forums, articles written by experts, scholarship search engine and their school search tool.
collegeconfidential.com

Columbus State Community College (CSCC) Upward Bound

Provides high school students the skills and motivation needed to complete an education at a college of their choice. The Upward Bound program at Columbus State Community College is available to income eligible students attending Mifflin High, East High, West High and Linden McKinley STEM. Upward Bound has a 100% college placement rate.
55 Jefferson Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 287-5340
cscc.edu/services/upwardbound

Community for New Direction (CND)

A non-profit that offers mentoring and leadership development, bullying and violence prevention programs, summer camps, job readiness programs, college and university tours to elementary school, middle school and high school youth. CND also offers emergency support services on a case-by-base basis, parenting services and addiction counseling for adults.

  • Administrative Office
    2323 West Fifth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43204
    (614) 272-1464
  • Near East Office
    993 East Main Street, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 257-0305
  • West Office
    2096 West Mound Street, Columbus, Ohio 43223
    (614) 272-1464
  • South Office
    1008 East Livingston Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43205
    (614) 272-1464
  • CND Outpatient Addiction Treatment and Counseling
    1000 Atcheson Street, Columbus, Ohio 43203
    (614) 252-4941

cndonline.org

Expanding Visions

Offers career development service to teenagers preparing for success in the workforce, adults looking to further their careers and middle school students developing leadership skills that will propel them to successful careers. They also offer life coaching to help graduates along their career paths.
PO Box 245, Brice, Ohio 43109
(614) 804-6200
expandingvisions.net

Federal Student Aid

Click for a helpful booklet, titled College Preparation Checklist, that explains how to prepare academically and financially for college with a ‘to do’ list for students and parents.
PO Box 22207, Alexandria, Virginia 22304
(800) 433-3243
studentaid.ed.gov

First in the Family

Has useful resources and heartfelt stories from students who are the first in their families to go to college. They guide students through key issues facing first generation students.
firstinthefamily.org/highschool/Introduction.html

Godman Guild

Offer free adult education classes (like GED preparation, ESOL, job training, computer lab) with free childcare services and transportation, community engagement programs, health and wellness programs and services, and youth programming (like after school homework help, mentoring, summer programs, internships and career exploration).
303 East Sixth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43201
280 Reeb Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43207 (Only adult education and workforce development)
(614) 294-5476
godmanguild.org

I Know I Can (IKIC)

Offers a range of services for students in Columbus City Schools, to prepare them to enter and succeed in college. They also help with financial aid and scholarships.
1108 City Park Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43206
(614) 233-9510
iknowican.org

Imagine America Foundation

Sponsors scholarships for students attending or planning to attend career colleges or technical schools. They have scholarships for high school graduates and grants for military students. Imagine America also has scholarship opportunities for adult learners. Their website has useful information on how to apply for scholarships and grants.
12001 Sunrise Valley Drive, Reston, Virginia 20191
(571) 267-3010
imagine-america.org

KnowHow2Go

Provides information for middle and high school students about how to prepare for and enter into college.
1 Dupont Circle Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 939-9300
knowhow2go.acenet.edu

National College Access Network Advisor Toolbox

Contains free information, tools and resources to address issues such as financial aid, college awareness, application process, testing and college retention for students, parents and advisers.
1001 Connecticut Avenue Northwest, Washington, DC 20036
(202) 347-4848
collegeaccess.org/websites_for_advisors

Nationwide Children’s Hospital (NCH) Upward Bound Math & Science (UBMS)

Current high school students who attend or whose home Columbus City School is South or Marion-Franklin are able to have homework help, cultural field trips, college tours, test prep, career exposure, a six-week college-going experience with work-study opportunities and more. This program is free for eligible students. Visit the website for more information and how to apply.
700 Children’s Drive, Columbus, Ohio 43205
nationwidechildrens.org/upwardbound

Ohio Department of Higher Education (OhioHigherEd) (formerly Ohio Board of Regents)

Their website has information about two-year and four-year programs, credit transfer, ways to help finance college and more. They also offer Ohio callers free information on preparation for college, admissions, student financial aid, scholarship information and general facts about enrollment at colleges and universities throughout Ohio at their College Access Information Hotline.

25 South Front Street, Columbus, Ohio 43215
(614) 466-6000
College Access Information Hotline: (800) 233-6734
ohiohighered.org/students

Ohio State University (OSU) Upward Bound

Provides high school students with year-round tutoring services, test preparation, college/cultural tours and personal/career development activities and workshops. They encourage first-generation and/or low income college bound 9th, 10th, and 11th grade students who attend or live in the service areas of Briggs, East, South, or Walnut Ridge High Schools to apply for admission.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus, Ohio 43210
(614) 292-2344
odi.osu.edu/upward-bound

Quest Bridge

A nonprofit organization that supports high-achieving, low-income students to achieve success in college through their programs that offer an academic mentoring program for juniors and full four-year scholarships to colleges.
445 Sherman Ave, Palo Alto, California 94306
(888) 275-2054 Toll-free
questbridge.org

The Willie & Vivian Gaddis Foundation for K.I.D.S.

Their website has helpful information for students and their families about scholarships, college tours and college planning throughout high school.
PO Box 360832, Columbus, Ohio 43236
(614) 439-2719
gaddis4kids.org

U.S. News & World Report

Provides rankings of 1400 schools, search tools to help find schools that fit students’ needs and details on scholarships, loans and grants.
1050 Thomas Jefferson Street, Washington, DC 20007
(202) 955-2000
usnews.com/best-colleges

Young Scholars Program (YSP)

Provides opportunities for academically talented first generation students in Ohio with demonstrated financial need. Student scholars receive pre-college preparation through college advising, academic coaching and mentoring, college planning tools and resources and more.
154 West Twelfth Avenue, Columbus Ohio 43210
Program Administration: (614) 292-4884
Columbus Program: (614) 688-4240
odi.osu.edu/ysp