Program Name
Young Scholars College Immersion Program


Program Description

Did you ever have a dream when you were a kid? Maybe it was to be an astronaut, a brain surgeon, screenwriter, or even president. Five of my former students have similar dreams – but they need your help to get there.

Jeanelly, Malory, Tina, Tori, and Yaneth are intelligent, motivated, young leaders who are doing everything they can to prepare for college.  As 8th graders they were selected out of a competitive pool of applicants to travel to Los Angeles to visit top universities, meet with current students, and also learn about different careers.  As the Founder and Director of the Young Scholars College Immersion Program (formerly the California College Immersion Program), I was so impressed with the girls, that I decided to extend their scholarship over the next four years.

The girls are growing up in a small rural community in South Texas, just a few miles from the Mexico border. Although they have everything it takes to be a successful student at a top university, they are lacking the tools and resources they need to get from point A to point B. The mission of the Young Scholars College Immersion Program is to fill in that gap, providing the students and their parents with tools, guidance and first-hand experience needed to successfully prepare for admission to a top university.

The girls are high school freshmen this year – and our goal is to be able to visit universities in Boston and New York City (Harvard, Columbia, and M.I.T. to name a few). Yes! The girls are that brilliant! We are even bringing one parent along this year to bring back valuable information to all the other parents in the community!

In order to meet this year’s goal we need to raise $10,000! That’s where we need your help! Any donation you are willing to make, no matter how large or small, will make a difference!

Donating is easy! Just follow this link: Even better, your donation is 100 % tax-deductible.

Thank you so much for supporting our Young Scholars!

Founded by: Laura A. Rogers, Former 2009 Teach For America - Rio Grande Valley Corps Member

Type of Program
Scholarship Fund
TFA Region
Rio Grande Valley
Fundraising Goal
La Joya High School and Jimmy Carter Early College High School
Grade Level
High School
Number of Students
0 - 20