Montgomery County boasts one of the finest public school systems in the nation, yet some students never go to college (and many who do never graduate). Standardized tests, application essays, and financial aid forms can prove daunting to low-income, first-generation-to-college students and families. Working one-on-one with over 600 motivated students a year, CollegeTracks helps them articulate their goals, choose the right schools, prepare for admissions tests, and even negotiate financial aid packages. With a daily presence at Bethesda-Chevy Chase and Wheaton high schools, staff members answer questions or nag students to meet critical deadlines. The nagging must work: 95% of CollegeTracks seniors were accepted to college or vocational school and 60% were admitted to four-year colleges. The College Scholars Program coaches students in how to succeed teaching study skills and financial literacy, helping students develop a four-year plan of classes and extracurricular activities, and providing personal and academic support throughout the college years. These young scholars have the talent and drive to be college graduates. You can give them the tools to succeed.

Headquarters: MD-Montgomery County

Where They Operate: MD-Montgomery County; CollegeTracks works with Wheaton HS, Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS and Watkins Mill HS students.

Age Groups Served: Pre-teen/teen (12-17)

Ethnic Groups Served: African American; Asian American; Caucasian; Latino/Hispanic; Other

Population(s) Served: Students; Low- to Moderate-Income Community Members

Schools They Work In: Wheaton HS, Bethesda-Chevy Chase HS and Watkins Mill HS

Awards & Recognition

2015-White House Bright Spot Award for Educational Excellence in Service to the Hispanic Community
2015-Nonprofit of the Year Award from Montgomery County, MD, Department of Economic Development
2010 College Access Executive Leadership Award from the National College Access Network - October 2010
Received a 12th Annual Distinguished Service to Public Education Award from the Montgomery County Public Schools Board of Education - October 2008


Budget (FY2013)

  • $3 million or higher
  • $1 million to $3 million
  • The current budget for CollegeTracks is: $500k to $1 million
  • Less than $500k

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