Student Application

Minds Matter students are determied, focused, and fully aware of the value of higher education to their lifelong success.

How to Apply

To ensure that the organization reaches the most dedicated and qualified students, Minds Matter DC has a rigorous and highly competitive application process.


The Minds Matter application is comprised of a series of short answer questions and a few essays, a parent/guardian commitment form, and an in-person interview. We also encourage students to have a guidance counselor or teacher complete a nomination form on their behalf.

At Minds Matter DC, we look for students who:

    • Maintain a strong overall grade point average of 3.0 or higher


    • Are committed to pursuing a college education


    • Demonstrate strong academic potential, motivation, maturity, and responsibility


    • Are active in extracurricular and/or community activities (part time jobs included)


    • Show that he/she would benefit greatly from a summer academic experience


Minds Matter is a meritocratic organization that rewards hard work, dedication and achievement, and does not discriminate based on race, ethnicity, gender, sexual orientation, or physical ability.

Before you apply, please make sure you have your most recent report card or grades electronically. If you are unable to upload this document, please contact

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*Income eligibility guidelines are based on 60% of the median income measured by the 2017 Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD) for the Washington-Arlington-Alexandria, DCVA-MD HUD Metro Fair Market Rent Area which determine eligibility for assisted housing programs including the Public Housing, Section 8 project-based, Section 8 Housing Choice Voucher, Section 202 housing for the elderly, and Section 811 housing for persons with disabilities programs.