Social Venture Scholars Program

Manhattan Prep is offering special full tuition scholarships for up to 16 individuals per year (4 per quarter) who will be selected as part of our Social Venture Scholars program. This program provides the selected scholars with free admission into one of Manhattan Prep's Live Online courses (up to a $1299 value).

These competitive scholarships are offered to individuals who (1) currently work full-time in an organization that promotes positive social change, (2) plan to use their degree to work in a public, not-for-profit, or other venture with a social-change oriented mission, and (3) demonstrate clear financial need. 

Click here to see what previous SVS scholarship recipients have to say about the program.

How Do I Apply?

1. Write an essay explaining how you meet the 3 scholarship criteria stated above. There is no minimum or maximum length required. Keep in mind, however, that this is a competitive process and scholars will be selected based largely on essay quality and content. Be sure to demonstrate that you meet ALL THREE scholarship criteria in your essay.

2. Submit your materials before the relevant application deadline:

  • 1st quarter deadline: Friday, March 27, 2015
  • 2nd quarter deadline: Monday, July 6, 2015
  • 3rd quarter deadline: Friday, October 2, 2015 (just extended!)
  • 4th quarter deadline: Monday, December 28, 2015

Send the following in ONE EMAIL to

  • Your completed essay – be sure to include your name!
  • An updated resume that includes your name, email, phone number, & mailing address.
  • Names of 3 references, including full contact information and a brief description of their relationship to you.
  • How you heard about this scholarship opportunity and which application round you are applying for. Note: This can be included in the text of your email.
  • A copy of your most recent paystub. Note: This can be scanned and attached to your email or faxed separately to 1-800-894-6580.

Additional Details

All applicants will be notified of award decisions based on the following timeline below:

  • 1st quarter winners selected: Friday, April 10, 2015
  • 2nd quarter winners selected: Monday, July 20, 2015
  • 3rd quarter winners selected: Friday, October 16, 2015
  • 4th quarter winners selected: Friday, January 8, 2016

Applicants are encouraged to re-apply by re-submitting their application materials (with an updated paystub) if not chosen for a particular quarter selection.

Course Materials 
All course materials are provided to scholars free of charge!
Attendance Requirement
In order to ensure that scholarships are awarded only to committed individuals, please note that there is a strict course attendance requirement for all scholarship recipients. Scholarship recipients are required to attend at least 7 complete sessions (of the 9 total sessions) of their chosen live online course. Individuals who miss more than 2 sessions will (a) be withdrawn from the course and (b) charged a $500 fee that will be used for future Manhattan Prep scholarships.
Online Only
Please note that SVS scholarships are only for online courses. Scholarships are not offered on in-person courses.