Houston nonprofit founders want to close the gap between students in the energy capital of the world

A Houston nonprofit founded by two energy industry executives is looking to invest in its next group of motivated high school students for an intense professional development program.

Craig Taylor and Tejpal Singh created Atlas Scholars in 2013, seeking to bridge the gap between experience and real-world exposure for many public school students compared to their counterparts in school districts and more affluent private schools.

Singh says the program was inspired by their own experiences.

“A lot of our adult work experiences showed us how behind we were in terms of exposure to industries, how far behind we were in terms of success, and how to get there,” he said. .

The three-year program provides mentorship and internship opportunities for high-potential students from diverse backgrounds.

Since its inception, Atlas Scholars has awarded more than $450,000 in college scholarships and has more than 60 alumni at top universities and companies nationwide.

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The application process for Houston-area 10th graders is open through March 1, 2022.

You can find more information about upcoming information sessions and requirements here.

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