Welcome to PECS!

Personalized Exploration for College Success (PECS) is a VCU Honors-College student-run program, offering FREE one-on-one college application guidance for all Richmond Public Schools' high schoolers.

Fall 2020 Essay Contest
Want to win one of six $200 mini-scholarships just for enter your Common App essay? Simply follow the steps below in any or all of THREE essay contests in October, November, and December! After meeting with PECS mentors, submit your essays to PECSatVCU@gmail.com.
2020 Online PECS Summer Bootcamp
NEW! Enroll in our 2020 Online Summer Bootcamp for College Application Readiness below.

All high school students in the Richmond area are eligible for one of 25 $100 mini-scholarships and guaranteed $15 Amazon gift cards just for attending. 
Not from the Richmond area? No problem! You are still welcome to enroll in our program, although you may not be eligible for the awards mentioned above.
See the short film that won us 2nd Place funding from ZipCar!
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What PECS Has to Offer
Essay Writing Workshops

Do you need one-on-one help editing essays? Do you want to read successful essays that have helped recent students get accepted to Johns Hopkins, William and Mary, or even VCU itself? 
Fill out the Interested Student Form and we'll have a VCU student help proofread your essays and help you with the essay-writing process.

Peer Mentor Pairing

We'll provide a one-on-one college application mentorship pairing from a local VCU student. With a variety of interests and backgrounds, there's a college student mentor for everyone! We will help match you with a student who is pursuing the major/track you're interested in. You won't hurt our feelings if you want to change mentors!
We're committed to providing a holistic mentorship regimen for students, just as many college admissions review applications holistically. That said, we'll also host workshops and provide our tips tackling letters of recommendation, testing, financial aid, discovering the right schools for you, and more! 
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