Stronger Houston: Nonprofit looking to provide real-world experiences to high school students

Atlas Scholars looking for next round of ‘motivated’ of high schoolers

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A Houston non-profit organization, founded by a pair of energy industry executives, is looking to invest in its next group of motivated high school sophomores for an intense, hands-on professional development program.

Craig Taylor and Tejpal Singh created Atlas Scholars in 2013, looking to fill the gap between real-world experience and exposure for many public school students, compared to their counterparts in wealthier school districts and private schools.

Singh said the program was inspired by their own experiences.

“A lot of our adult professional experiences exposed us to how late we were in terms of being exposed to industries, and how late we were in terms of what success is, and how do you achieve that,” he said.

The three-year program provides mentorship and internship opportunities for high-potential students of diverse backgrounds.

Since its inception, Atlas Scholars has awarded more than $450,000 in college scholarships and has over 60 alumni at the top universities and companies in the nation.

The application process for Houston-area 10th graders is open until March 1, 2022.

You can find more information about upcoming information sessions and requirements here.

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