The Ithaca Achievement Program is a community of learners dedicated to academic excellence, leadership development, professional advancement, and civic engagement. Throughout your three years in the program, 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 a cohort slow read.  Completing all your iAP requirements results in a $1,000.00 loan reduction award being applied to your student account at the beginning of the following academic year. 

The Application Process

IAP accepts applications from 1st-year 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 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, Assistant Director in the Center for IDEAS before the academic year kicks off in August.  

The application will open on August 10, 2020.   The application will close on August 21, 2020 at midnight.   Applicants will be notified about their status through IC Engage the week of August 24, 2020. 

We begin the year with a program-kickoff on September 3rd (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 August 24th.   

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 all have to make at some point in our lives.