“We work hard for our Scholars—but they work even harder for us.”
SPRING 2019 APPLICATIONS Are now Closed.
Lakhani Scholars, a highly selective scholarship awarding $10,000 of our services, is our chance to serve students who would not otherwise have the opportunity to work with us. We can't overemphasize how excited we are to help high-achieving students who demonstrate financial need achieve their academic dreams. Our students have built a tremendous track record of achievement. We will be thrilled for our Scholars to join in this success.
Students selected for Lakhani Scholars will receive, at zero cost, a full suite of our coaching services: High School Career Coaching, SAT/ACT Coaching, High School Character Coaching, and College Admissions Coaching (including college essay and application guidance).
We work hard for our Scholars—but they work even harder for us. For every hour spent with a coach, Scholars should expect to invest at least two to four hours of work on their own. Lakhani Scholars are selected in large part for their tenacity and drive, with good reason. It takes hard work to achieve your dreams.
Our coaches are experts in lighting the spark of ambition and nurturing the flames of our students' will to succeed. At Lakhani Coaching, we are eager for our Scholars to achieve more than they ever thought possible. We look forward to you joining us on this journey.
Lakhani Scholars receive a $10,000 scholarship covering a total of 35 hours of coaching during their sophomore, junior, and senior years of high school: 11 hours of High School Career Coaching (including High School Character Coaching and College Admissions Coaching) and 24 hours of SAT or ACT Coaching.
This full suite of services is designed to unlock our Scholars' inner ambition, ensuring that they craft a fulfilling high school career and achieve their full potential in the college admissions process.
Applications due: May 1
Application decisions: June 15
High School Career Coaching (1 hour): Early July
High School Career Coaching (1 hour): Early September
Preliminary college list development (1 hour): Early September
High School Career Coaching (1 hour): Early January
SAT or ACT Coaching (8 weeks, 2x per week, 1.5 hour sessions): Winter/Spring
College essay topic development (2x, 30 minute sessions): July
College essay editing (3x, 1 hour sessions): August
High School Career Coaching (1 hour): Early September
College list finalization (1 hour): Mid September
Application review (1 hour): Early October
Requirements & Expectations
Applicants must meet the following requirements in order to qualify for the scholarship program:
A current sophomore in high school.
An unweighted high school GPA of 3.70 or greater.
Must be residing in the United States.
Demonstrated Financial Need, as evidenced by either a FAFSA Student Aid Report* OR a short essay in lieu of a FAFSA Report.
Committed to consistent hard work throughout the duration of the program.
Lakhani Scholars are expected to work hard. If you agree to participate in this program and are selected, you must commit to:
Not miss any sessions.
Provide more than 24 hours notice when a session time must be changed.
Put in 2-4 hours of work on your own for every hour spent with your coach.
Note that we will ask your parent or guardian to participate in certain sessions, such as the college counseling meetings.
All or most coaching will be conducted remotely using Skype, plus our suite of digital teaching tools (this is how we teach most of our students—we are experts in the effective use of online teaching technologies). As such, you must have access to a computer with an internet connection in a location that is quiet, so that you will not be disturbed during sessions, but where you are able to speak freely and at normal volume.
*to qualify as a Lakhani Scholar, an applicant must have an “Expected Family Contribution” (toward college tuition) calculated by FAFSA to be $10,000 or less. Learn more on the FAFSA website, here.
How to Apply
The Lakhani Scholars 2019 application is now closed. The 2020 application will be opened in the winter.
Note: the application does not allow saving progress midway through its completion. As such, we recommend that you collect all of your answers and materials ahead of time, including final drafts of your essays, and submit everything only when you are ready to complete your application.
We request that you submit the following personal information:
Date of birth
Name of high school
High school address
Expected year of graduation
Unweighted high school GPA
PSAT scores (optional)
Demonstrated Financial Need. This can be shown either through the completion of a short essay explaining your family’s need OR a completed a FAFSA Student Aid Report*. You do not need both.
* Lakhani Scholars is a 100% funded scholarship. We ask for your Expected Family Contribution only to verify financial need. To qualify as a Lakhani Scholar, an applicant must have an EFC calculated by FAFSA to be $10,000 or less. Your parents can obtain a Student Aid Report by completing a FAFSA form. Please note that the FAFSA requires significant time to complete; your parents will need to gather recent tax returns and other financial documentation. Learn more here.
We ask that you describe up to six activities that are most important to you. It is perfectly fine to submit fewer than six activities. For each activity, we request the following:
Name of activity
Your position or title, if any
Approximate start and end dates of your involvement in the activity
Approximate hours you commit to the activity per week
A description of the nature of your involvement (limit of 300 characters per activity)
We require one essay from each applicant, written on the following topic (500 words or fewer).
What impact would Lakhani Coaching have on your academic dreams? As specifically as possible, tell us your academic goals/aspirations, why you have them, and how you would benefit from the presence of highly specialized academic mentors in your life.
In addition, if you are unable to provide a FAFSA Student Aid Report, we ask you complete an essay that provides a statement of your financial need (200 words or fewer).
We request that each applicant submit contact information for two references (name, relationship to the applicant, email address, and phone number). These can be teachers, administrators, or other mentors in your life.
We ask that applicants verify their grades in one of two ways:
Applicants can provide scanned or photographed copy of an official school transcript.
OR, applicants can provide scanned or photographed copies of their report cards.
All materials must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time on May 1, 2019.
While it is not necessary to submit a complete FAFSA during the initial application process, please note that we will verify all successful applicants' financial documentation before initiating the scholarship program.
All applicants will be notified of decisions by June 15, 2019.