|Welcome to the Ivy League Connection|
Founded by School Board members Madeline Kronenberg and Charles Ramsey and administered by Charles, Madeline and Don Gosney, the ILC is a 100% voluntary effort by everyone involved. Even the school administrators volunteer their time and efforts.
Nationally and State recognized for their innovative approaches, the ILC works hand in hand with the District to provide scholarships to summer programs at highly selective Ivy League schools. For 2013 there are 11 programs at six schools available to the District’s students. For more information, see: '14 ILC Course Offerings URLs
The program is available to all qualified sophomores and juniors meeting the basic qualification standards of a weighted GPA (from the 9th grade) of 3.75.
Applicants must submit a generic Pre-Essay explaining why they want to be a part of the ILC and then a lengthier program specific essay. A selection committee will review the transcripts, test scores and essays and develop a ranked list of applicants to be interviewed by a panel of professionals that may include doctors, lawyers, architects, scientists, elected officials, city managers, teachers and more. The panelists are given wide latitude with their selections with the proviso that the ILC will only send qualified students to these programs.
WHAT ARE THE BENEFITS OF BEING AN ILCer?
No matter how bright, how motivated or how driven our students are, we all need a little help now and again.
How many times have we been told about greener pastures and the “better” life that’s on the other side of the door? What about those students who don’t know where that door is and what about those students that don’t even know that the door exists?
What the ILC strives to do is to show our students where those doors are, unlock the doors, escort them through and then introduce them to the people on the other side that can make good things happen for them. What they do once they have that opportunity is entirely up to them but at least they now have the opportunity.
THE COLLEGE GOING CULTURE
Along with others, the ILC is working to institute at our schools the college going culture so from a young age our students start thinking not just about going to college but what it’s going to take to get there.
THE ILC IS NOT COLLEGE CAMP
Let there be no question that ILCers will have fun while back east but no one should delude themselves into thinking that these courses are similar to what they might take locally at the “Y”.
These courses and these schools have been carefully vetted and the ILC will only send students we believe to be capable of excelling at these courses.
WHAT HAPPENS ONCE A STUDENT IS SELECTED
ILCers are taught how to dress, speak, write, comport themselves and transition from being a mid level high schooler to a collegian. The ILC is going to work with them every step of the way to prepare them even further for their adventure.
We make it clear to our applicants that from the moment they show an interest in the ILC, we’re going to treat them as an adult all the way up until their actions demand that they be treated as a child. With just that simple treatment we’ve found our ILCers to rise to a higher level.
When they attend ILC functions, they’ll be talked to and listened to as adults. People will hang on their every word. That’s why we advise them to think about what they write and say so they can astonish with their profoundness and impress everyone they meet.
ISN’T THIS EXPENSIVE?
The cost to the students and their families, though, is zero. The only cost to the students will be for spending money while back east, and any overages if their luggage weighs too much (we weighthe luggage before our ILCers get on the airport shuttle). The ILC will cover transportation, lodging, meals, tuition, books and just about everything else. We even buy them a souvenir sweatshirt to wear home.
These are seasoned and vetted District employees who will serve as an emergency resource for our ILCers. These aren’t babysitters or surrogate parents—they’re a lifeline in a time of need.
THE PERFECT FIT
If, after checking out some of these others schools, they still choose a California school, then at least they’re making an informed decision.
THE COST OF A COLLEGE EDUCATION
Highly selective universities cost more than $60,000 per year ($120,000 per year before taxes). Unless a student has a benefactor, coming up with that kind of money on their own can be a daunting task.
Many of the schools we put our ILCers in touch with have large endowments available so our students can get a top-flight education with little or no cost to them and their families. They can even walk away from their collegiate years without student loans hanging over their heads.
The ILC will help point our students in the right direction so they can get a top tier education and get someone else to pay for it.
A SCHOLARSHIP WITH STRINGS
Many of these strings are covered in other parts of this site and applicants
and their parents need to read each page thoroughly so they know what
they’re getting themselves into. To highlight them, though:
The Ivy League Connection is committed to providing to our students opportunities that can be life-changing events for our students. Like most opportunities, though, these rewards need to be earned. Our students should not expect anyone to beat down their door to give them a chance at a better life. We extend our hands to our students and if they want to reach out and take our hands, we’re going to partner with them and help them to a better life. Working together we can make great things come to life.
There is so much to explain about the ILC. Putting it all on this Home Page would be too much. Interested readers are strongly urged to check out the pages listed on the left. Please feel free to contact any of the three administrators of the ILC and more detailed and explicit explanations can be provided.
|'13 ILC Application Checklist|
|When opportunity knocks, some people answer the door while others complain about the noise.|