LOC Scholars

For most students, the largest barrier to attending their top choice school is not about getting in—it’s being able to afford it.

In the spirit of Areté, LOC Scholars is a groundbreaking program that seeks to empower exceptional students to navigate their own paths to excellence by removing the overwhelming barriers that would otherwise stand in their way.

LOC Scholars is an undergraduate scholarship program available to high achieving high school juniors with financial need who seek to attend and graduate from selective four-year colleges and universities. We depart from the standard formula for higher education opportunity programs by intervening ahead of the college application cycle to provide comprehensive higher education support and funding to high potential middle and working class students so they are positioned to reap the full benefit of their undergraduate experiences and, just as importantly, are not derailed by the types of expenses and contingencies that disproportionately affect them.

Application Timeline

  • Information sessions held in the Fall.
  • Application opens to high school juniors in January.
  • Applications due in February.
  • Semi-finalists notified in May.
  • Finalists selected in June.

To be eligible to apply to LOC Scholars, students must be affiliated with an Areté Rising partner.

Application for the second cohort of high school juniors opens January 2024.
Students will be selected by June 30th 2024.

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