College Greenlight is a free resource for traditionally underrepresented students who are aim to successfully complete a higher education. It provides a database filled with thousands of scholarships, grants, and merit-aid opportunities, in addition to serving counselors, teachers, and community-based organizations that empower the targeted demographic.
College Greenlight is a service of Cappex, a college admissions services provider located in downtown Chicago, and run by a team of 60+ college graduates with diverse backgrounds and educational experiences. Via partnerships with college admission departments across the country, with which Cappex has relationships, College Greenlight matches students with the scholarships that are most relevant to their academic, social, and community accomplishments.
As the service explains, its purpose is to “[help]… students discover, research, and build relationships with the colleges and universities that will allow them to succeed. And because every hard-working student deserves access to a wide variety of financial resources, we've built an easily searchable database filled with thousands of scholarships, grants, and merit-aid opportunities. Our students receive a customized list of the awards best suited to their academic, social, and community accomplishments.”
College Greenlight partners with the Hispanic Scholarship Fund (HSF), through its membership in the Youth Leadership Consortium. Led by HSF, the Youth Leadership Consortium is a partnership of organizations—the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute, American Indian College Fund, College Board, College Greenlight, Jack and Jill Foundation, and the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation—who share the goal of ensuring that the families collectively served by institutions of higher education are representative of the diversity of the US population.
Each year, YLC hosts College Prep Saturday and the Young Leaders Summit. College Prep Saturday is a free, half-day workshop designed to help middle and high school students and parents from under-represented socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds prepare, plan, and pay for college. YLS is a four-day, college empowerment program for a diverse cohort of rising high school seniors from low-income, historically under-represented socioeconomic, racial, and ethnic backgrounds, selected through a competitive application process. YLS is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success, through early introduction to in-demand fields.