Avenue Scholars Des Moines

Avenue Scholars Des Moines


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About Us

Avenue Scholars, the leader in bridging the gap between education and business, guarantees careers for our youth of hope and need through supportive relationships, individualized coaching, education, and training.

All too often, financial circumstances put a halt to a student’s plans for academic and career development. Not with the Avenue Scholars Program.

Beginning with the 2022 – 2023 school year Avenue Scholars will begin providing this comprehensive program in central Iowa starting in the Des Moines Public Schools at East and Roosevelt High Schools with a plan to expand to all Des Moines high schools by 2024.

Avenue Scholars provides comprehensive, individualized support services to help students identify, prepare for, and ultimately enter financially sustaining, high-demand careers requiring an associate degree or less. Programming begins in the student’s junior year of high school and continues uninterrupted through postsecondary training and for six months following career entry. Eligibility is based on financial need (eligibility for free or reduced-price school lunches or a federal Pell Grant), interest in pursuing a high-demand career requiring an associate degree or less, and attendance at an AS partner high school.


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