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.
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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

The nomination period for the 2022 Admission season has ended. Families are welcome to apply, but they will need to follow the steps at

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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