KIPP Through College

KIPP counselors support students as they prepare for and select the right college and career based on their interests and passions. After high school, KIPP advisors help alumni navigate the academic, social, and financial challenges they might encounter while in college or pursuing a career.


Program Components

High School Placement

KIPP Minnesota provides high school placement services to our eighth grade students to ensure that all of our students attend college-preparatory high schools. Each KIPP eighth grader applies to at least three high school options. The KIPP Through College staff coordinates and advises students throughout the high school placement process, from initial wish list to matriculation. Finally, eighth grade students and their families learn about how KIPP Through College will support them during high school and to and through college.

High School Persistence

All alumni who complete eighth grade at KIPP receive free individualized guidance from his/her KIPP Through College alumni advisor. Our college-focused advising begins in ninth grade. Freshman and sophomore years are focused on adjusting to high school and getting off to a great start with a strong GPA.


KIPP Through College guides high school juniors and seniors to match to their future college, through building wish lists, completing college applications, and securing financial aid.


Throughout college, students are matched with a KIPP Through College advisor who tracks their progress in college and provides support as needed.

Ujima Scholars Program

U.S. Bank and the United Negro College Fund (UNCF) joined forces to address the need for an expanded pipeline of college-educated professionals of color who are prepared to fill positions at Minnesota companies. They have created and funded the Ujima Scholars Program, named for a Swahili word that means collective work and responsibility. KIPP Minnesota was selected to pilot this program and awarded a two year grant to enhance the existing KIPP Through College program.

Maya Zeigler, Ujima Scholars Program Manager, is the dedicated advisor for ten high school juniors selected from KIPP MN alumni. These Ujima Scholars will receive individualized support including:

  • ACT prep classes twice a month

  • Monthly one-on-one advisor grade check meetings

  • Twice monthly workshops that will provide development in areas such as: resumes, college essays, FAFSA prep, and summer internships

  • Two group college tours (one local and one to Atlanta)

  • On-going peer support of their Ujima Scholars cohort as they work toward college and career goals

  • Assistance finding meaningful summer work opportunities

KIPP is thrilled to help these talented young people receive the training and support needed to gain admittance into a well-matched college that will further their career goals. Individuals and corporations interested in learning more and partnering with KIPP Through College should contact Maya Zeigler,

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"The best thing about college is the freedom of making your choices."


"Don't let yourself give up — persistence pays."

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"The most challenging part of college to me is the self-discipline."


"If I hadn't gone to KIPP, I probably wouldn’t have gone to college."

Our KIPP Through College Team:

Sarah Beraki
KIPP Through College Director

Maya Zeigler
KIPP Through College Adviser
Ujima Scholars Program Manager

Alexa Squire
College Match Program Manager

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