Capital Region Sponsor-A-Scholar recruits students motivated to achieve academically who could use additional support and direction to meet their goals. Students with at least a B-C average who demonstrate leadership potential and a commitment to their education are eligible. All students at time of induction are from low-income families, as documented by their eligibility for free or reduced lunch in the schools. Induction into the program occurs in ninth grade, and is based on an application process which includes teacher and counselor nominations, letters of recommendation, and family contact. Many students are the first in their families to attend college. Sponsor-A-Scholar currently enrolls ten students per class in each of the three public city high schools. Students participate in the program from tenth grade through college graduation.