Üchange Scholars’s mission has always been to connect underrepresented high school students with college mentors to aid them through the college application process. We understand that many minority, financially burdened, and or first generation students are unequally represented in American universities, and so our program aims to tackle these inequalities by offering mentoring services that will help bridge the gaps.
Üchange Scholars was founded in November 2019 at the University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign at an entrepreneurship workshop called 3 Day Startup. Through the participation in start-up conferences such as Cozad New Venture Challenge and Map the System 2020 Social Innovation Challenge, Üchange Scholars has been accepted into accelerator programs such as Illinois Impact Incubator and iVenture.
At iVenture- which is the leading educational accelerator for top student startups at the UIUC- Üchange Scholars is currently the sixth cohort. iVenture has provided us the space and support to aggressively pursue our cause.
In August 2020, we launched our pilot program with the same initial goal of helping students from underrepresented backgrounds successfully navigate the college application process. Albeit successful, we decided to conduct more research, refine our marketing efforts, and then officially launch as a stronger and more credible organization.
Today, Üchange Scholars is quickly growing community of well qualified mentors and equally talented mentees. Although our range of mentees is currently focused in Illinois, we hope to expand to neighboring states as soon as possible as well to spread our service.