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Nominations Process

Candidates for the Oliver Scholars Program are selected from middle schools (public, parochial, or charter) throughout New York City's five boroughs during the fall of their seventh grade. To qualify, students must be nominated by their middle school guidance counselor, subject area teacher, principal, or a community-based organization leader.

Students must meet all of the following criteria in order to be nominated for our Program:

  • Be of African and/or Latino descent; 
  • Carry a Grade Point Average (GPA) of 90% in sixth and seventh grade in Math, Science, English, Social Studies and Foreign Language, with no score lower than an 85% in any subject;
  • Have a combined raw score of at least 600 on NYC Math and ELA exams, with no score lower than a 300;
  • Be an active participant in extracurricular activities;
  • Demonstrate leadership potential through school and community involvement.

Please note: Parents are not allowed to nominate their own children. All nominations must be submitted by school administration (i.e. guidance counselors, principals, teachers) or by a representative of a community based organization.

All of the following documents must be included in the application to Oliver:

  • A signed and completed Oliver Scholars Nomination Form.
  • A parent or school copy of the student's 6th and 7th grade report cards.
  • A parent or school copy of the student's most recent state standardized Math and ELA test scores.​

Please Note: Nominations missing one or more of these items will not be considered.

All nomination forms with their supplemental materials during the student's seventh grade year.

All materials should be submitted electronically via email to  For further information and queries, please contact Francisco Peña, Program Coordinator, at or (212) 430-5980 ext. 1115.