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The ESM 
Equity Program

What is the ESM Equity Program?

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After years of building our academic mentorship business, we’ve decided to tackle one of our long-held goals: providing pro bono support to students from communities that are underrepresented in higher education. Throughout the 2021 calendar year, ESM mentors will devote at least 10% of their collective time to working with scholarship students in our equity program. These scholarships will be provided for two services. First, ESM will identify 24 students who will receive free one-on-one college counseling, test prep, and academic tutoring from ESM mentors throughout the entirety of 2021. Additionally, ESM will provide 20 full scholarships for students to attend one of our week-long college prep summer camps in Lake Tahoe, California in July 2021 (assuming COVID restrictions are lifted).

Who should apply?

Students should apply if they meet the follow criteria:

How do I apply?

Applications for the 2020-2021 academic year have closed. Applications for the 2021-2022 academic year will open in September 2021.

When the application opens, it will have four components:

  1. The completed application form— You will need to fill out some demographic information and complete four short essay questions and one short answer question.
  2. Your current high school transcript — An unofficial pdf copy is sufficient.
  3. A video cover letter — Create a 2-3 minute video in which you tell us about yourself. We are especially curious to hear about:
    -Your goals for the end of high school
    -Which colleges interest you the most and why
    -Your biggest obstacle in attending and graduating from college
    -How this scholarship would help you achieve your goals

    If for any reason you cannot complete the video cover letter you may provide a 500-word written response instead.
  4. Recommendations — You must submit one recommendation from a non-family member. You may also submit two additional recommendations. Only one recommendation may be from a family member. Recommendations may be in any language, but they must be typed and submitted as a .docx or .pdf file. Recommendations will be submitted by the recommender by email to Detailed instructions for the recommender can be found here.

You can submit the application two different ways:


If you have unreliable internet access you may download an offline form and submit it at a later time using the link below

Please review THIS DOCUMENT as you complete your application in case you need support with any step.

If you have any questions about the application process, please email