Comprehensive College Preparation 

The main program of Galin Scholars is comprehensive college preparation that provides individualized support for high-achieving, college-bound high school students in Dane County. 

The program includes: ACT test preparation, college advising, academic tutoring (as needed) and guidance and/or funding for extracurricular opportunities. 

Our scholars are from low to middle income backgrounds and from demographic groups underrepresented in college (including but not limited to): race/ethnicity, first generation college student, gender identity, from a rural community or experiencing a family hardship. They are also motivated to grow their academic and study skills and to participate in a process to find their best fit colleges. 

Each spring we select up to 5 scholars who are in 10th grade. Once selected scholars work with us for their 11th and 12th grade years through high school graduation.

Our first cohort of Galin Scholars from the Class of 2025 attend four Dane County high schools; Madison La Follette, Madison Memorial, Oregon, and Verona. 

In May 2024, we will select our second cohort of Galin Scholars from the Class of 2026. Applications are due on Wednesday, April 17, 2024. 


Additional Events and Opportunities 

In addition to our comprehensive program, Galin Scholars works to expand access to information about college preparation. Contact us for more information on any of these events or opportunities.

Diag Day 

On March 12, 2024, we are partnering with Galin Education and local libraries for Diag Day that provides 10th graders with the opportunity to take a diagnostic (practice) ACT. This is the day the official ACT test is given to 11th graders in WI and many 10th graders have the day off from school. Students can use this opportunity to know their score and then develop a plan for improving over the next year. You can find more information here on Diag Day including how to register. 

Workshops for students

We partner with Dane County school districts and community centers to provide workshops and information sessions on college preparation topics including: high school course selection, the value of extracurricular opportunities, test preparation, how to research and build a list of colleges, college applications and essays.

Professional development for staff 

We provide professional development opportunities to staff at school districts and community centers who work with college bound students. This has included college admissions case studies and other topis of interest. Contact us for more information. 



AXS Common App Companion

The AXS Companion is a free, open online resource designed by professional consultants to be used side-by-side with Common App as you work through your application. Each section includes explanatory videos, helpful tips, a glossary of application terms, and links to resources mentioned in the videos.

Higher Education Resource Hub

This resource was created by the AVID/TOPS partnership team and provides important information on completing the Free Application for Federal Student Aid (FAFSA) translated in Spanish and Hmong. AVID/TOPS is a collaborative partnership between the Madison Metropolitan School District (MMSD) and the Boys & Girls Clubs of Dane County (BGCDC). AVID/TOPS aims to increase academic achievement, college preparation, and postsecondary educational access for students in the academic middle who are traditionally underrepresented in higher education. 

Applications are now available for the Galin Scholars Class of 2026
(current 10th graders)
The application deadline has
been extended to 
Wednesday, April 17, 2024.
Contact us with any questions about the application process at
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