APPLICATIONS for the 2023 US Embassy College Prep Program for senior high school (Grade 11) students will end on February 10, the embassy said over the weekend.

“The College Prep Program offers extensive advising and resources for prospective students, including an in-person summer application boot camp, Scholastic Aptitude Test (SAT) and American College Test (ACT) training, and guidance on selecting college programs and scholarships,” it said.

In a statement, the embassy said Filipino senior high school students with excellent grades, with active participation in extracurricular activities, leadership potential, and a family income of less than P1.25 million per year are eligible to apply to this 18-month virtual program.

“The College Prep Program is a personalized mentorship and support initiative for young Filipinos interested in applying to colleges and universities in the United States,” the embassy added.

Meanwhile, Carl Audric Guia, one of the program’s scholars who recently received admission and a full tuition scholarship to his top-choice school -- the University of Notre Dame -- said that the College Prep Program “came at the right time.”

“I started to take an interest in studying in the United States when I was in the 10th grade, but as a public high school student, I did not have a lot of opportunities to become familiar with the application process,” Guia said.

“I met hands-on advisers who helped me choose best-fit colleges, prepare for standardized tests, edit essays, and much more,” he added.

The US Embassy College Prep Program was launched in 2022 with a cohort of 11 students.

At present, two out of the 11 students have received full scholarships to their top college choice, while others have been accepted to American colleges under partial scholarships, according to the embassy.

EducationUSA is a US Department of State network of over 430 international student advising centers in more than 175 countries and territories.

“The network promotes US higher education to students worldwide, offering accurate, comprehensive, and current information about educational opportunities at accredited postsecondary institutions in the United States. EducationUSA also provides services to the US higher education community to help institutional leaders meet their recruitment and campus internationalization goals,” the embassy said.

Interested participants of the program must submit their application on or before February 10, 2023 through the following link: (SunStar Philippines)