Ithaca Achievement Program - iAP

The Ithaca Achievement Program is a community of learners dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, professional advancement, and civic engagement. Each cohort of Achievers has a different year-long skill set they develop.  We start with goal setting, move to financial literacy, and end with taxes.  

Achiever also attend All-Program spaces once a month to get to know people at different stages of their college journey and gain additional skills.  This year the All-Program spaces will focus on career readiness/grad school.


Eligible students in the iAP program can also qualify for a $1,000.00 loan reduction award.  This award is applied to your student account at the beginning of the following academic year once you have completed all your requirements.

The Application Process

iAP accepts applications from 1st-year students and transfer students at the start of the fall semester.  Sophomores are also welcome to apply and are considered but the open spaces are limited.

Eligible 1st-year and transfer students can expect an email about the program with a link to the application and instructions for how you log in to Engage from Omega Hollies, Associate Director in the Center for IDEAS before the academic year kicks off in August.  

The application will open on Friday, July 29, 2022.   
The application will close on Monday, August 29, 2022 at 9am. 
Applicants will be notified about their status through IC Engage the week of September 5, 2022. 

We begin the year with a program-kickoff on September 12th (time and location TBD). You'll get to meet fellow iAP members, pick up your cohort materials, and review your yearly requirements to obtain the iAP financial award!  Accepted members will receive an invitation to the kick-off the week of September 5th.   

1st-Year Experience 

Designed to help acclimate students to campus while providing a communal space for students of color.  Together this cohort learns how to set measurable and achievable goals, strategies for managing large-scale goals, and coping skills when things don’t always go according to plan. 

Sophomore experience 

Our sophomores spend the year building their financial literacy together.  Money is a difficult topic to discuss so it is important to be surrounded by people you trust!  This cohort explores various tools to help you track your financial footprint, deep dives into the nature of credit, and breaks down some of the tough financial choices we make at some point in our lives. 

Junior/Senior experience

The junior/senior experience focuses on taxes. Everyone must do them, but no one seems to know how!  We spend the year learning tax lingo, understanding what you owe, are owed, and why; as well as learning about resources that will make the experience a little less stressful.