Welcome to the Reach High Scholars website!
Starting to think about college can feel like entering a big, confusing maze: you’re aiming for an uncertain goal in the center, and you’re not sure which way to turn to get there.
The aim of this website is to break the process into manageable chunks and to empower you to reach higher in your educational pursuits than you would have previously imagined possible.
The experience can be fun and exhilarating. You will be playing out the motto of the Reach High Scholars Program to control your destiny.
Fast Facts about the Reach High Scholars Program
Colleges attended by RHSP students since 2010 include:
Hobart & Wm. Smith (6)
Holy Cross (4)
Rensselaer Polytechnic (3)
St. Lawrence (4)
Univ. of NH (25)
Univ. of Rochester
Worcester Polytechnic (6)
Most graduate with modest debt, and with need-based grants of up to $69,000 per year
- Total value of grants obtained from highly resourced colleges exceeds $7.6 million.
- 93% four-year graduation rate for 41 students at highly resourced colleges (through 2021).
Emphasis on pursuit of academic excellence starting in middle school
- 357 participants in Reach High Roundtables, a 12-day summer academic enrichment program for rising 8th - 10th graders from Raymond and nearby towns.
- 353 participants in RHSP’s PSAT and SAT Boot Camps.
- 182 participants in boarding summer academic enrichment programs at Brown, Dartmouth, Phillips Exeter and St. Paul’s, with financial aid of over $885,000 (31% of which was reimbursed by RHSP and supporters).
Solid fundraising track record
- Contributions from charitable institutions and individuals to RHSP and its Summer Enrichment partners of about $474,000 ($222,000 to summer partners and $252,000 to RHSP).
- In other words, cash contributed to RHSP and its summer partners has led, in the form of scholarships and grants from colleges, to a 16X multiplier effect.
Many now pursuing impressive careers
- Four pursuing or have PhDs, three Masters’ degrees, two JDs.
- Two Fulbright Scholarships to study and work abroad.
- Several working in high-tech companies, including Amazon, Athenahealth, BAE Systems, Fidelity Investments, Google, Grubhub, Hexcel, IBM Watson, MathWorks and Moderna Therapeutics.
Tovah Duffaut (RHS ’19, Colby ’23)
Kelley Brown, Parent of Abby Brown (RHS ’21, Babson ’25) and Maddy Brown (RHS ’21, St. Lawrence ’25)
Charlie DeBenedetto (RHS 12, Hobart & William Smith ’16)
Abbey Schlangen (RHS ’12, Trinity ’16)
Jonathan Lemay (RHS ’11, Skidmore '15)