How to Apply

A Better Chance of Madison program is designed for highly talented and motivated young men from under-resourced educational communities.  Applicants have the desire and potential to succeed in high school, to pursue a higher education and to become a lifelong learner and leader. Previous scholars have come to Madison from public middle schools in both urban and suburban settings, charter schools and parochial schools across the northeast.

Applications to A Better Chance of Madison are received in two ways:

  • By applying directly to A Better Chance of Madison.  You can either email for more information or access the application directly using this link.

Scholar Selection

All ABC Scholars undergo a rigorous admissions process to become a part of the program.

  • First, teachers, administrators, guidance counselors, ABC Alumni, and other volunteers nationwide identify promising students and recommend that they look into the ABC program. These students demonstrate both academic talent and strong motivation to succeed.
  • Each candidate completes the application requirements of the national program, including multiple questionnaires and the SSAT or ISEE.
  • As we review applications, we look for specific criteria which includes demonstrated motivation, academic achievement (tests scores and grades), excellence as reflected in recommendations, demonstrated leadership skills, independence, readiness to leave home, and strengths and passions apart from academics.
  • The top candidates are invited to come to Madison for a couple of days to interact with current ABC Scholars, our Resident Staff, and the Madison ABC Selection Committee, and to visit Daniel Hand High School.
  • Madison ABC then selects the students who best match and might benefit from the educational, cultural, and social opportunities our program has to offer and makes the final decisions on which student or students are invited to participate in the Madison ABC Program.

2023/2024 Important Dates:

  • December 6th & 7th, 2023 – Virtual Open House for Prospective Scholars, 7:00pm
  • January 3rd & 4th, 2024 – Virtual Scholar Interviews, 7:00 or 7:45 pm
  • January 10th & 11th, 2024- Virtual Scholar Interviews, 7:00 or 7:45 pm
  • January 17th & 18th, 2024 – Virtual Scholar Interviews, 7:00 or 7:45 pm
  • February 1st & 2nd , 2024 –  Virtual Scholar Interviews, 7:00 or 7:45 pm
  • February 3rd, 2024 – Prospective Scholar Open House, 1:00 pm
  • February 24th, 2024 – Prospective Scholar Open House, 1:00 pm
  • March 1st & 2nd, 2024 – Scholar offers extended
  • March 28th, 2024 – Deadline to accept offer and submit signed contracts

From Our Alumni

The program gave me not only the freedom to figure things out on my own but the support system to get help when I needed it.  Above all, my time in the Madison ABC program has given me a sense of self -assuredness.  I am grateful to have had these opportunities because, before, there would be no one to catch me if I fell. 

~ Jordan Rivera
Madison ABC Alumni | DHHS ’20 | Stetson University