The students selected for the program are identified in the spring of seventh grade as bright and eager to learn by their teachers and counselors. They are then inducted into the program in the fall of eighth grade. Nominees must meet the following criteria:
- The student should qualify for financial assistance as defined by state and federal guidelines.
- The student should demonstrate an above average academic ability.
- The student should have a supportive family member or another adult to encourage the student to attend activities and assist in progress toward college.
- Further consideration will be given to first generation college students.
Each of the 13 school districts and parochial schools in the Tri-County area have equal access to the program.