Scholars Program:

Nominate a Student

Nominations are a way for teachers, principals, and other community members to identify motivated students who would benefit from Steppingstone’s college access and success program.


Students apply to Steppingstone in fourth or fifth grade, and must also be Boston residents. In addition, our program looks for:
  • Families who are committed to supporting their students through the Steppingstone journey.
  • Students who demonstrate a need for our tuition-free program (note: there is a $100 fee for each summer session during the Academy, which can be reduced or waived if it is a hardship).
  • Families who are interested in exploring independent schools and select Boston Public Schools, including the three Exam Schools.
If you are a student or the parent or guardian of a student who is interested in our program, please view our admission process.

Submitting nominations

Please submit a nomination here

After a nomination is received, Steppingstone will send the student and family more information, including a link to the online application and a list of our Family Information Meetings, with both in-person and virtual options. Nominated students are encouraged, but not required, to apply to Steppingstone. A nomination does not guarantee acceptance.

We will begin accepting applications for the 2022–2023 season in the fall. If you have any questions, please call Lily Schrecengost at 857-201-0482.

How you can support your nominees

A Steppingstone representative will reach out to you to request a visit with your nominated students in November or December.

We encourage you to speak with the students/families you are nominating and encourage them to attend a Steppingstone information session.

When the application becomes available, check in with your nominee’s family about completing the application and, if applicable, complete the teacher recommendation form (separate from the nomination).

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