College Access Programs


EMERGE empowers & prepares high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation. There is no cost associated with this program.

  • Target students
    Students selected for the EMERGE program show demonstrated financial need. Typically, your household income should be less than $75,000 a year. All applicants must have and maintain at least a 3.0 cumulative GPA on a 4.0 scale.
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One Goal

A three-year model, OneGoal starts as a credit-bearing class during students’ junior and senior year of high school. OneGoal Program Directors (i.e., school-based educators) then bridge the transition from high school to a Fellow’s chosen postsecondary path by continuing individualized support for a full year after high school.

  • Target students
    We prioritize students who have postsecondary ambitions, but who are often overlooked by other programs. Cohorts have an average 2.7 GPA (or 82.5%) and a 840 SAT score when they begin. 96% of OneGoal Fellows identify as people of color and 91% are eligible for free/reduced lunch.
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Community College Career

CollegeCommunityCareer fosters a college-going culture with low-income, first-generation high school students and families. We prepare students for admission to and graduation from a four-year university based on these four pillars: College Success, Leadership Development, Civic Engagement, and Career Discovery. CCC works with students for a total of 7 years – 3 years in high school (10th – 12th) and 4 years of college – helping students complete college and launch them into their careers whereas most programs tend to stay with students only three years (11th grade through freshman year in college).

  • Criteria
    CCC targets all students who are in the top 40% of their class. 99% of our students come from lower socio-economic backgrounds. During our eight-week summer program, visiting college campuses, businesses and performing community service helps combat summer melt and keeps college education in the forefront of our students minds year round.
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Collegiate Challenge is a two-year program beginning second semester of junior year.  Students are scheduled into an advisory class and assigned a community volunteer and a school based sponsor to mentor them through the college application process.  Mentors help students with admissions applications, scholarships, financial aid applications, test preparation and career exploration. Mentors' advice and encouragement to students, who may be the first in their families to go to college, provide pathways to realizing dreams of bright, financially secure futures.  One hundred percent of the students attain college enrollment and nearly 100% attend college.

  • Criteria
    This program is targeted to first generation college students (not as strict on this requirement) that are interested in a 2 or 4 year college/university. Students can be at any academic level to participate.
  • How to volunteer
    To become a Collegiate Challenge mentor follow the steps below:
    1. Complete the SBISD Mentor Application/Volunteer Registration. Click here for a link to the registration page.
    2. Attend one new mentor training session: Contact Mary Uribe-Pizana for training schedule at or 713.251.2212.
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