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At EMERGE, our core value of equity grounds our work.  Every partnership we develop with colleges & universities aims to not only improve access & affordability for the students we serve, but to ensure that we are working collectively to create inclusive policies, advising strategies, and persistence practices that ensure our students have a sense of belonging on campus, and thrive post-graduation.


EMERGE believes that by building strategic partnerships with colleges and universities, we will, together, increase access and opportunity for high performing students from underserved communities.



Tailored experience for first-generation low income students and EMERGE Program Managers


Each high school Fellow has an affordable pathway and will graduate with minimum debt

transition support

College Scholars participate in summer bridge programming and are connected to first-generation low income resources on campus

Academic & wellness support

College Scholars are plugged in to the people and resources needed to thrive on campus



If your college or university is interested in partnering with EMERGE, please get started by filling out the contact form below. You can also reach out to

Whitney Gouché, our Vice President of Programs,



What does it mean to partner with EMERGE?

  • EMERGE seeks to partner with schools that can provide Scholars with an affordable pathway, offer them comprehensive support while on-campus and afford them opportunities to thrive post-graduation.

What does partnering with EMERGE do for colleges and universities?

  • EMERGE is excited to share in your institutional goals as well. Not only do we provide our partners access to a diverse group of talented students from the Houston area, we work with your team to identify recruitment opportunities, prepare and encourage prospective students to apply to high school programs and college admissions, and offer persistence support by region for college scholars. Please reach out to Jesse for a full list of objectives as stated in the MOU.

What impact does partnering with colleges and universities have on EMERGE and our students?

  • In the United States, only 25% of high-achieving students from low-income communities apply to the nation's most selective colleges and universities. While 100% of EMERGE Fellows apply to at least one selective university and 74% attend, we know opportunities exist we are not yet aware of. We envision partnerships as a pathway to uncover those opportunities -- for example, increasing our exposure opportunities to lesser known/under applied-to schools.

How many students would a partner impact?

  • At some partner schools, we have 22 EMERGE Scholars in attendance and at others we are just now getting started! Although we have an incredible list of schools across the country that we work with, we continue working to expose our staff and students to a diverse set of institutions. At EMERGE, we are working to increase the number of high-performing students from underserved communities to attend and graduate from selective colleges & universities across the nation.

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