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Our Team

Senior Advisor: Mijin Cho and Elysia Lin

Co-Directors: Kush Savsani and Shreya Arun

Volunteerism/Internal Affairs: Ananya Udyaver

Social Media/Communications: Hakinya Karra

Education: Vineeth Vaidyula

Junior Executive Board: Vaishnavi Nemani

We want all schools to have PECS. Personalized Exploration for College Success (PECS) is a non-profit student-run program, sponsored by Professor Mary Boyes of the VCU Honors College, that offers FREE one-on-one college application guidance for all Richmond Public Schools high school students. Our mission is to provide quality guidance and a peer-to-peer support network for all RPS high school students in need of college application help, specifically for college application essay writing, choosing the right schools, navigating college application portals (i.e. Common Application, Coalition for College Access, etc.), and more.

Since our founding in 2017, we’re proud to have accomplished the following:

  • Selected to attend Clinton Foundation’s CGIU conference in Chicago, Illinois
  • Won 2018-2019 Outstanding University-Community Partnership for Student-Initiated Community Engagement award, presented by Virginia Commonwealth University Council for Community Engagement Awards and Recognition Committee
  • Won 2nd Place, $7000 funding from national ZipCar “Students With Drive” competition
  • Established PECS essay-editing programming in RPS high schools

Join Us! Apply to become a PECS Volunteer Mentor today!

PECS Mentors directly interact with high school students in or near the Richmond area and provide insight into the college application process.

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