MLT Ascend Program Overview


MLT Ascend is an innovative coaching program for low-income and first-generation students seeking support in navigating the critical college-to-career pathway. With Ascend, Scholars explore and develop their strengths, passions, and interests in order to plan for and pursue successful academic and professional careers. Ascend offers:

  • One-on-one coaching
  • Access to internships with top companies
  • Community-building events and skill development workshops
  • Exposure to the broader MLT professional network

Meet an Ascend Scholar:


Table of Contents:

  • Program Eligibility
  • Application Link
  • Important Dates
  • Additional Resources

Program Eligibility

Ascend will be accepting applications from students who have been nominated by an MLT community/university partner or an MLT program alumnus/alumna who meet the following program eligibility criteria:

  • Current college freshman or sophomore attending a 4-year college/university or 2-year community college
  • Minimum college GPA of 2.8 (cumulative) or compelling evidence of academic achievement
  • Black/African-American, Latinx, and/or Native American
  • Low and moderate-income and/or first-generation (neither parent earned a college degree)

Application link: 

Important Dates

    • Application Opens: Monday, January 31, 2022
    • Priority Deadline: Monday, April 4, 2022
      • Submit your application by the priority deadline to begin working with an Ascend Coach by June 2022
    • Final Deadline: Newly Extended! Monday, August 1, 2022
      • Submit your application by this deadline to begin working with an Ascend Coach by August 2022

Additional Resources

Email with any questions or concerns.

MLT Ascend is made possible through the generous lead support of the Citi Foundation.

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