Atlas Scholars | 1 minute

Each year, a group of high school students actively participate in an energy/finance focused professional development program.

Recruitment is focused on top performing students from the Houston Independent School District (HISD). Applicants endure a highly competitive selection process consisting of essays, teacher recommendations, and interviews.

Once accepted, students are a part of a dynamic three year program consisting of three one-month summer sessions and year-round mentoring. The program connects the students with industry leaders and exposes them to high-pressure, performance-based environments.

Students go on to become leaders at their high schools and universities.

energy and finance Curriculum

Students work in teams and individually throughout the program to complete a number of projects oriented in the energy/finance industry, current events/global affairs, as well as related to the college application process. Examples of past projects including researching and presenting the UK natural gas market, analyzing the impact of a lift of the crude oil export ban, pitching potential fuels of the future, analyzing the future of nationalism and globalization, and competing in a simulated stock market investment challenge.

Interest in an energy/finance career is not required. Scholars have gone on to study everything from physics to kinesiology, economics, political science, finance, engineering, and more. Atlas Scholars prepares you for success in any career.


Scholars spend a portion of their second summer (between junior and senior year of HS) preparing for college applications. This includes essay-writing, test prep, and narrowing down college lists.

Scholars also utilize the Atlas Scholars alumni network, with alumni always available to help mentor Scholars through the process.

College acceptances include Harvard, Yale, MIT, Caltech, University of Pennsylvania (Wharton), Columbia University, Cornell, Emory, Carnegie Mellon, Vanderbilt, Rice, Bowdoin, Middlebury, NYU, UT Austin, and Georgia Tech.

The Speaker Series

The Speaker Series provides our students with real-world context and exposure to some of the most accomplished professionals in a wide range of industries throughout the business world and public sector.

Past guest speakers have included leaders from Goldman Sachs, NRG, Bank of America Merrill Lynch, Credit Suisse, EDF, Vitol, JP Morgan, ERCOT, CyrusOne, and The City of Houston.

FIELD trips

Students are exposed to real world environments to provide context and exposure.

The following are some of the sites our students have visited:

NRG Cedar Bayou Power Plant
ERCOT Control Room
EDF Trading Floor & Energy Challenge
Vitol Trading Floor & Offices
CyrusOne Data Center
City of Houston Greentech Tour
Houston Mayor's Office
Bank of America Merrill Lynch Trading Floor
WebberVille Solar Farm
Rice University
The University of Texas at Austin
University of Houston


Atlas Scholars students are assigned individual mentors tasked with guiding the students through school, SAT prep, and overall personal and professional growth. Scholars in the older classes also help mentor younger interns.

Scholars sets goals and have regular meetings with program leadership to discuss progress and performance, both during the summer and throughout the school year.


Based on performance and level of improvement, Scholars may be awarded scholarships upon completion of the three-year program.

Since inception, Atlas Scholars has raised over $1,000,000 in funding, and has awarded over $250,000 in scholarships.

Atlas Scholars is able to operate because of its generous donors. If you would like to contribute, please check out this page.