Support for planning and costs
At HCZ Promise Academy, all eligible rising seniors are required to take a Summer Exposure Opportunity. Each scholar works with their counselor to identify a pre-college program that aligns with their career aspirations. Then, once scholars apply to and get accepted to a program, HCZ Promise Academy supports them and their families with the planning and costs.
Our scholars rave about their experiences in the Summer Exposure Opportunity.
“The campus was really beautiful and the classes I took challenged me,” Tatiana says of her experience at Marist College. “I really enjoyed my professor; she was extremely nice and understood my needs when I asked for help.”
‘I have the confidence to always be myself’
Beyond the academic benefits, Tatiana gained comfort in the idea of being in college and confidence in her ability to own the experience.
“I made lifelong friends and everyone was super nice,” she says. “I was the only Black girl in the program, but I realized that it’s okay because even if I am the only person who looks like me in the room, I have the confidence to always be myself.”
Prepared to thrive in college and beyond
When you’re a junior, the idea of starting college can feel overwhelming. But when the time comes, our scholars are prepared to thrive — in college, in their careers, and anywhere else their journey takes them.
Says Tatiana, “I would rate my experience at Marist a 10/10, and I would definitely recommend it. I can’t wait for this next step in my life and career.”