The Cathedral Scholars Program provides academic enrichment, professional and career exploration, leadership development and community engagement for select students in DC public high schools.

This three-year college prep program seeks to foster a “college-going” culture among under-served DC youth by improving college access and enhancing critical college readiness skills. A full 100% of Cathedral Scholar graduates successfully complete high school and are accepted into a post-secondary institution.

Application & Recruitment

Each year, 15 ninth graders from at least five different D.C. Public Schools are inducted into the Cathedral Scholars Program. The schools are chosen on a rotating basis and applicants are selected in partnership with administrators, teachers, and staff.

Summer Institute

Cathedral Scholars represents one of a few college preparatory and success programs in D.C. that offers academic enrichment during the summer.  The institute provides six weeks of auxiliary courses on academic success, English, Math, and SAT Test preparation.  Additionally, Scholars are provided with internships, perform community service, engage in leadership activities, and attend college visits.  Scholars are provided with free meals and are paid for their participation through the DC Mayor’s Summer Youth Employment Program.

Year Round Programming

Scholars are provided opportunities to receive academic support, earn community service hours, participate in social and cultural activities, and receive college guidance. They are also are able to participate in social advocacy, leadership training, and the opportunity to travel to England in a cultural exchange program.  Parents are invited to attend a workshop series to receive support and guidance to help them ensure that their child is on target for high school completion and matriculation into a postsecondary institution.

Postsecondary Guidance and Support

The Cathedral Scholars Program supports Scholars in their postsecondary educational endeavors by providing academic and personal success strategies through structured workshops, presentations, advising, and mentoring.  We believe focusing on skill development and providing a staff mentor for 1-on-1 interactions ensures that our students earn four-year college degrees.

Contact Information

Joseph Peralta
Director, Cathedral Scholars
jperalta@cathedral.org
(202) 537-2159