SRA SOAR Second-year, Third-year, & Fourth/Fifth-year Programs Application [2023 - 2024]

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SRA SOAR Second-year, Third-year, and Fourth/Fifth-year Programs Application [2023 - 2024]


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The SRA SOAR Second-year, Third-year, and Fourth/Fifth-year Programs engage college students to increase college persistence rates, graduation rates, and the obtainment of career-ladder jobs.

About the Second-year/Sophomore and Third-year/Junior SOAR Programs

Students in the SRA SOAR Second-year/Sophomore and Third-year/Junior Programs are matched with a virtual SRA advisor and placed in a small cohort of fellow sophomores or juniors and a Peer Mentor. Throughout the 9-month program from September 2023 - May 2024, students will participate in one or two virtual hangouts per month, which will guide students through topics like financial aid renewal, summer internship and job search, overcoming imposter syndrome, interviewing skills, and more!

 

The Second-year/Sophomore and Third-year/Junior SOAR programs require a time commitment of ~1.5-2.5 hours per month from September 2023 - May 2024.

Dates and times of monthly virtual hangouts are to be determined. Applicants will submit availability after acceptance into the program.

 

 

About the Fourth/Fifth-year/Senior SOAR Program

Students in the SRA SOAR Fourth/Fifth-year/Senior Program are matched with a virtual SRA advisor and placed in a small cohort of fellow seniors. SOAR Seniors are also matched with a New Grad Mentor who will work with them one-on-one over the course of the year. Throughout the 9-month program from September 2023 - May 2024, students will participate in one New Grad Mentor session and one virtual hangout per month, which will guide students through topics like comparing job offers and negotiating salary, learning to adult parts 1 and 2, transition to life after college, mock interviews, and more!

 

The Fourth/Fifth-year/Senior SOAR program requires a time commitment of ~2.5 hours per month from September 2023 - May 2024.

Dates and times of monthly virtual hangouts are to be determined. Applicants will submit availability after acceptance into the program. Scholars will schedule sessions with their New Grad Mentors directly. 

 

 

TIMELINE

August 11, 2023: Application DUE

Week of September 18, 2023: Programming begins!

 

WHO CAN APPLY TO BE A SECOND-YEAR, THIRD-YEAR, or FOURTH/FIFTH-YEAR SOAR SCHOLAR?

Any student entering their second-year/sophomore, third-year/junior, or fourth/fifth-year/senior year of college at an accredited two- or four-year college for the 2023-2024 school year is eligible to apply. Students in the SRA Rising Stars Program are not eligible to apply for the SOAR Program. 

 

STIPEND INFORMATION

Each SOAR Scholar will be eligible to receive a total stipend of up to $500 upon fulfillment of program requirements ($250 at the end of fall 2023 semester, $250 at the end of spring 2024 semester).

 

Is this different from the Students Rising Above Rising Stars Program?

Yes. The SRA Rising Stars Program is a five-year program that accepts applications from high school juniors in March of each year. Current students in the SRA Rising Stars Program are NOT eligible to apply for the SOAR Program.

 

QUESTIONS?

Check out our FAQ pages (Second-year/Third-year SOAR FAQ and Fourth/Fifth-year/Senior SOAR FAQ) or email soar@studentsrisingabove.org.
1. Personal Information
Student Personal Information

Please put your first name as it appears on your school transcripts.

Please put your last name as it appears on your school transcripts.

For example, if your name is Benjamin, but you go by Ben, write Ben here, and Benjamin above under Formal/Legal Name.

Example: she/her, they/them, etc.

Please ensure that this email address is one that you check regularly as you will receive important and time-sensitive communications about your SOAR Program application at this address.












2. Family Information
Student's Family Information

Refers to parents/guardians only, not siblings or extended family members.

If you filed FAFSA or CA Dream Act for the 2022-2023 school year, you should have received an EFC. Your EFC (Expected Family Contribution) is not the amount of money your family will have to pay for college, nor is it the amount of federal student aid you will receive. It is a number used by your school to calculate how much financial aid you are eligible to receive.
CLICK HERE for more info on locating your EFC on your Student Aid Report.
CLICK HERE for more info on locating your Student Aid Report.  
Didn't apply for FAFSA or CA Dream Act? Please type "I did not apply for FAFSA/CADA for the 23-24 school year" in the space above.

Didn't apply for FAFSA or CA Dream Act and don't have an SAR/EFC? Please upload a blank PDF file.

https://studentaid.gov/understand-aid/types/grants/pell


3. School Information
Student's College Information









4. Second-year/Sophomore & Third-year/Junior Personal Statement
Student's Personal Statement Section


4. Fourth/Fifth-year/Senior Personal Statement
Student's Personal Statement Section



5. Disclaimer
Disclaimer Section