“We work hard for our Scholars—but they work even harder for us.”
SPRING APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 1, 2018
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: March 1
Application decisions: April 15
High School Career Coaching (1 hour): Early May
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 FAFSA Student Aid 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 application is available online here.
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
- Home address
- Name of high school
- High school address
- Expected year of graduation
- Unweighted high school GPA
- PSAT scores (optional)
- Expected Family Contribution, as defined by FAFSA*
* 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 must 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. 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 three essays from each applicant.
The first essay should address ONE topic from the following six options in 500 or fewer words:
1. Some students have a background, identity, interest, or talent that is so meaningful they believe their application would be incomplete without it. If this sounds like you, then please share your story.
2. The lessons we take from obstacles we encounter can be fundamental to later success. Recount a time when you faced a challenge, setback, or failure. How did it affect you, and what did you learn from the experience?
3. Reflect on a time when you questioned or challenged a belief or idea. What prompted your thinking? What was the outcome?
4. Describe a problem you've solved or a problem you'd like to solve. It can be an intellectual challenge, a research query, an ethical dilemma—anything that is of personal importance, no matter the scale. Explain its significance to you and what steps you took or could be taken to identify a solution.
5. Discuss an accomplishment, event, or realization that sparked a period of personal growth and a new understanding of yourself or others.
6. Describe a topic, idea, or concept you find so engaging that it makes you lose all track of time. Why does it captivate you? What or who do you turn to when you want to learn more?
The second essay should address the following topic in 250 or fewer words:
Tell us about a project that you've worked very hard on—a special assignment at school, an extracurricular activity, an independent project, a family responsibility, or any other pursuit. What was the assignment or challenge, and what did you do to achieve it? What did it mean to you?
The final essay should address the following topic in 250 or fewer words:
What impact would Lakhani Coaching have on your academic dreams? As specifically as possible, tell us how you would benefit from the presence of highly specialized academic mentors in your life. Have you had other mentors over the years? How have they impacted you? If not, describe the impact you envision.
Recommendations and Transcript:
We request that each applicant submit two letters of recommendation: one letter from a teacher or administrator at your high school, and one letter either from a second teacher or administrator or from a coach, religious leader, or other non-family-member who has direct experience interacting with you. Please do not submit letters of recommendations written by recommenders to whom you are related.
Each recommendation should focus on the specific aspects of your experience, personality, and background that give your recommender confidence that you will meet and exceed the high expectations placed on a Lakhani Scholar. Any insight your recommenders can provide into why you in particular would especially benefit from being a Lakhani Scholar would also be welcome.
Please ask your recommenders to include both their name and your name at the top of their letter, to ensure that each letter is matched to the correct applicant. Letters should be typed and no longer than one page, with one inch margins and a font no smaller than size 11.
Letters of recommendation should be submitted via our online application system here. You may share this link with your recommenders:
We also ask that you submit a copy of your official high school transcript, scanned as a PDF.
Any materials that cannot be uploaded to our online application may be emailed to firstname.lastname@example.org in PDF form, with the subject line “Application materials - YOUR NAME - MATERIAL TYPE”. For example, if for some reason Jane Smith were unable to upload her high school transcript, she could email it with the subject line “Application materials - Jane Smith - High school transcript”. Note that we strongly prefer that all materials be uploaded directly through the application portal.
All materials must be received by 11:59pm Eastern Time on March 1, 2018.
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 April 15.