Be a graduating high school senior planning to attend a four-year accredited academic institution. Be a U.S. citizen or permanent resident and a legal resident of Colorado, Georgia, Illinois, New York, or North Carolina. Have a cumulative, unweighted GPA of 3.5 or above. Demonstrate financial need (annual household income no greater than $70,000). Possess excellent leadership skills, an ability to persevere through difficult circumstances, and a strong interest in and commitment to their community.