UBS NextGen Leaders


UBS NextGen Leaders, the firm's signature Americas education initiative, aims to increase college graduation among first-generation, lower-income college-goers by connecting them with competitive schools and resources that position them for career success.

A $10 million, five-year commitment, UBS NextGen Leaders is expanding college success through two innovative programs, The TalentED Project, in partnership with the Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN) and Discovery Education, and UBS-SEO College Scholars, with SEO Scholars.

The TalentED Project

The TalentED Project

UBS-SEO College Scholars

UBS-SEO College Scholars

The TalentED Project

The TalentED Project is a new online platform designed to match first-generation, lower-income college-goers with select institutions that are a good fit for them.

Free for all users, this relationship-based tool connects admissions recruiters with college access professionals (guidance counselors and nonprofit leaders) in order to strengthen the recruitment pipeline of high-potential students.

The program is a partnership between UBS, the Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN) and Discovery Education, and designed in consultation with over 150 college admissions and college access professionals. Following the launch of a successful pilot, The TalentED Project is now live nationwide.

To date, 140 admissions recruiters from 86 colleges and universities, including Barnard, Davidson, Georgia Tech, Middlebury, Swarthmore and Vanderbilt have signed up on the site. 186 college access organizations, including Breakthrough, College Possible, KIPP, OneGoal and The Opportunity Network, working in over 90 cities are creating profiles and inviting students. So far, over 800 students have signed up.

The TalentED Project

UBS-SEO College Scholars

Designed in partnership with SEO Scholars, this intensive college success program supports 125 African American and Hispanic/Latino young men to persist to graduation at competitive institutions. This effort is aligned with President Obama's My Brother's Keeper initiative.

The cohort receives individualized advising, international experience, leadership development and internship and career preparation.

Since scholars began college in fall 2015:

  • 100% met with their college or university's academic advisor at least once during the semester; 72% met 10 times or more
  • 92% took at least one STEM class during their freshmen year; 62% took at least one STEM class both semesters
  • 75% joined at least one club on campus
  • Average cohort GPA is 3.10

Progress to date:

  • Over 1,000 students and parents attended workshops on how to apply to college and review financial aid options.
  • 267 semifinalists benefited from individual college application support sessions and advisors. 
  • Scholars participated in three- to five-week international trips to 15 countries including Argentina, Botswana, France, Thailand and Vietnam.
  • Scholars have received 1,125 hours of advising, including career, social and emotional support.
UBS-SEO College Scholars

About SEO Scholars

Sponsors for Educational Opportunity(SEO)

SEO Scholars, part of Sponsors for Educational Opportunity, is a free eight-year academic program that gets low-income public high school students to and through college - with a 95% college graduation rate. This is done through intensive, one-on-one academic, personal, and career support throughout college.

About Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN)

Tennessee College Access & Success Network (TCASN)

Tennessee College Access and Success Network aims to establish a college-going culture across Tennessee and works with member organizations and partners to remove barriers to higher education, promote college persistence, and increase postsecondary completion rates.

About Discovery Education

Discovery Education

Discovery Education, is the global leader in standards-based digital content for K-12, transforming teaching and learning with award-winning digital textbooks, multimedia content, professional development and the largest professional learning community of its kind that empowers educators and increases students' academic achievement.

The Higher Ed Challenge

In fall 2015, UBS hosted a three-month challenge to help close the college affordability gap.

In partnership with OpenIDEO, an open innovation platform that catalyzes the global community around solving big social issues, we asked: How might we reimagine the cost of college in the U.S. and how it's paid for?

In early 2016, UBS and OpenIDEO reviewed all ideas that participants provided, and announced the Top Ideas as well as ways to potentially carry them forward. Click here to learn more

The Higher Ed Challenge

Contact Us For more information please contact:

Jamie Sears
Head of Strategic Partnerships & Programs

Catherine Finneran
Program Manager, UBS NextGen Leaders