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The ESM 
Equity Scholars Program

How do I apply?

Applications for the Equity Scholars Program require four components. Each component must be completed and submitted HERE. The application deadline is October 31st, 2023.

The four components are:

  1. The completed application form which includes short essay questions and an optional video cover letter.
    • The optional video cover letter can be used to introduce yourself. It should be 2-5 minutes long and may consist of answers to questions such as:
      • What are your goals following graduation?
      • Which colleges interest you most and why?
      • What is the biggest obstacle between you and your college ambitions?
      • How would ESM's Equity Scholars Program help you achieve your goals?
  2. A copy of your current high school transcript (unofficial transcripts are sufficient).
    • An unofficial academic transcript can be requested from your high school and must show freshman and sophomore year’s classes and grades.
  3. An interview with an ESM Prep mentor.
    • All applicants are required to participate in an interview with an ESM mentor to be considered for the program. Applicants must email to schedule their interview by the application deadline.
  4. Letters of recommendation.
    • The first letter should be an academic recommendation and come from a teacher, counselor, or academic advisor.
    • The optional second letter should be a personal recommendation and come from a community leader, family member, or supervisor.
      • Only two letters of recommendation will be accepted for consideration - please do not submit more than two.
    • Letters of recommendation should be typed and submitted as a .pdf or .docx file.
    • Detailed instructions for recommenders can be found here. Please share this document with whomever is writing a letter of recommendation for you.
    • Letters of recommendation should be submitted here. Please ensure that both letters of recommendation are submitted by the application deadline of October 31st by 11:59 PM PST.

Ready to apply? Applications for the Class of 2025 are now open. Apply Today!

Please contact with any questions and we will be happy to assist you.

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