NC State
Pre-College Programs

Emerging Scholars Academy

Emerging Scholars Academy (ESA) is a pre-college summer preparation program for rising high school juniors that presents future scholars to opportunities within and around higher education while reinforcing cultural identity and community ties.

During the summer 2021 program, students will participate in virtual workshops to learn about university student life, engage in topics as they relate to the Black/African American community and higher education, and receive assistance with the college application and financial aid process.

Emerging Scholars Academy will take place from June 14 to June 25, 2021. A full schedule of events will provided upon acceptance to the program.

Emerging Scholars Academy is for you if you:

  • Are a rising 11th grade student that identifies as Black/African American or has an interest in Black/African American Culture
  • Have a cumulative unweighted GPA of a 3.4 or higher or are in the top 15% of your class
  • Are interested in pursuing higher education
  • Are a leader in your school, family and/or community

Apply for Emerging Scholars Academy

The deadline to apply is Friday, April 16. Selected participants will be notified by email on Friday, April 30.

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Contact Justin Richardson if you have any questions at or 919-515-1956.