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Destination Greatness

The Boston Higher Education Resource Center’s (HERC) Passport to College Program is a Latino-led, culturally-sensitive, college readiness program focused on failure-proofing first-generation students of color throughout their journey through college.  The Passport Program targets first-generation, low-income students attending under-served non-exam Boston Public high schools. Passport arms these first-generation students with the Habits of the Mind - the critical personal management and character development skills needed by all budding professionals, but that are especially scarce among first-generation students.

Why Participate in Passport?


​Start college with an Action Plan for success and completion

Access to Passport Alumni and resources for a lifetime

Leaders supporting and guiding you and your family through your college application process

Individual college counseling, including career counseling

Research & visit colleges and universities

Support with college admission, financial aid, & scholarship applications



Application Link: Community Based

Applying to the Passport program is FREE


Criteria and requirements:


  • Low or moderate income and/or first generation college student (parents/guardians have not received a bachelors degree or higher);

  • Completed and passed the following high school courses: Algebra I, 1 Science class, and 2 English classes;

  • Must be registered for the following Grade 11 courses: 1 Science with a lab, 1 Foreign language, at least 1 Social Studies;

  • Minimum GPA of 2.00 on 4.00 scale. If your school's scale is different, ask your Guidance counselor to help you translate your GPA.

  • Students and parents must sign a contract with HERC related to program expectations;

  • A desire to attend a 2 or 4 year college or university.


Passport Coaches invest an average of 15 to 20 hours each week serving BPS first-generation students in the classrooms of:


  • Josiah Quincy Upper School (JQUS)

  • Jeremiah E. Burke High School

  • The English High School

  • Charlestown High School

  • Margarita Muñiz Academy

  • East Boston High School

Application Link: School Based




Passport Curriculum

Through the many workshops, activities and events that students will participate in through the Passport Program, they will be able to improve and develop on all these key 21st Century skills:


  • Presentation & Public Speaking

  • Self-Confidence

  • Teamwork

  • Communication

  • Goal Management & Strategic Planning

  • Leadership

  • Time Management

  • Critical Thinking

  • Civic Engagement

  • Problem Solving

  • Organizational & Project Management

  • Research & Technology

Colleges & Universities Boston HERC Passport alumni have attended or are currently attending

Univ. of Mass Lowell

Columbia University

Savannah State College

Trinity College

Regis College Fitchburg State Univ.

Univ. Of Pennsylvania

Middlesex Community College

Univ. of Mass Boston

Bridgewater State Univ.

Bunker Hill Community College

Suffolk University

College of Holy Cross

Boston University

Simmons College

Harvard University

Stonehill College