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    Registration is now open for CACRAO's Virtual College Fair! Students can sign-up to virtually connect with 200 colleges and universities from around the country and world for free. The virtual college fair will be held on Thursday, March 25th and Monday, April 19th, from 5pm to 8pm. During the Virtual College Fair, students will have the chance to hear from many different colleges; they will be able to choose which colleges they want to hear from by registering for their sessions. Students and their families can ask questions of the college representatives throughout the presentations as well! All sessions will be recorded, so students are encouraged to register for ALL college/universities in which they have an interest, even if they can't make the live session. If they have registered, they will have an opportunity to watch the recordings later! Click the button below to check out the schedule, view the list of colleges and to register. Please also feel free to reach out to me if you have additional questions or concerns related to this opportunity, and I will be glad to help!

    CACRAO Virtual College Fair

     Partners for Minorities in Engineering and Computer Science, based out of the University of South Carolina-Columbia

    There may be a few slots open for rising 10th-12th graders due to some students not returning for the workshops.

    The application form for “new students” is available online at www.cec.sc.edu/pmecsThe due date is April 13, 2021 for all “new students.”   Limited financial assistance is available.  To apply for financial assistance, the guardian must complete the financial assistance request form via regular mail or email (PMECS@ATT.NET).  Upperclassmen are accepted based on space availability.  Returning student (students who attended in 2020) forms have been sent via email and are past due.  


    Interested in attending CLEMSON (Juniors and Seniors)

    The Snelsire, Sawyer, & Robinson Clemson Career Workshop is a summer program designed to support the readiness of high-achieving students from diverse populations to enter college. The Clemson Career Workshop enables rising high school juniors and seniors an opportunity to get an inside look into Clemson University while learning tips and tools needed to prepare for college and beyond. Furthermore, the Clemson Career Workshop provides students with exposure to science, technology, engineering, mathematics (STEM), arts and humanities, and social and behavioral sciences.

    Please note: For the rising juniors, Clemson Career Workshop is a two-year program. All juniors are required to attend a residential summer program on Clemson's campus for one week during summer 2022 to complete the program. Also, CCW is normally a residential summer program that takes place on Clemson's campus. However, this summer, the program will be held virtually due to COVID-19 safety protocols.

     Attached is a QR for this year's application, as well as a flyer that can be distributed to students. Students and parents can also access the application through the following link: https://clemson.ca1.qualtrics.com/jfe/form/SV_d4o5BGoYdcPGxbD. The application is due on March 16, 2021

     Summer Programming Dates: 

    2021 Summer dates for rising juniors: Virtual programming the week of 6/14, session times will vary but will include morning, afternoon, and evening programming 

     2021 Summer dates for rising seniors: Virtual programming the week of 6/21, session times will vary but will include morning, afternoon, and evening programming 

     2022 Summer Dates: On-campus TBD 

     For additional information about Clemson Career Workshop, students and parents can contact Iman Johnson at imanj@clemson.edu.


     FREE:  Virginia Tech invites talented, high-achieving, and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and rising seniors to apply to participate in a virtual summer academic leadership program at Virginia Tech. 
    Black College Institute (for rising seniors) will offer four-day sessions twice during the summer of 2021:  June 13-June 16 and June 20-June 23.

    Black College Institute (for rising juniors) will offer a four-day session for the summer of 2021: June 27-June 30.

    All programs are FREE of cost to students!

    Rising juniors apply here!

    Rising seniors apply here!

    Application closes: April 1, 2021
    Notification of acceptance: April 25, 2021
    Confirm attendance: May 10, 2021
    Unofficial Transcripts due: May 20, 2021

    Benefits of attending BCI*:

    • Virginia Tech application fee waiver
    • BCI T-shirt mailed to your home
    • Peer mentorship, networking, and friendships
    • College admissions advising
    • Overview of financing college/higher education
    • Exposure to the African American student experience at Virginia Tech
    • Live Q & A with the seven Virginia Tech colleges
    • Completion of an interactive and educational group project focused on the African American experience.

    *All benefits will be extended to those who successfully complete the program.

    Summer Programs for NON Seniors:  https://www.shemmassianconsulting.com/blog/summer-programs-for-high-school-students

    The SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Accelerate Program.

    There will be a Zoom Meeting on Tuesday, December 15th beginning at 6:00pm with a representative from the SC Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics Accelerate Program.  The Accelerate Program is a partnership between Horry County Schools and GSSM which offers motivated 10th-12th grade students the opportunity to earn first year college engineering credits during their high school enrollment.  This program is intended for students who will successfully complete Algebra 2 at the end of their 9th grade year. More information about the GSSM Accelerate Program can be found at www.scgssm.org/accelerate.


     If you are interested in learning about this unique opportunity, please join the informational session at the Zoom Link below on Tuesday, December 15, 2020 at 6:00pm.https://gssm.zoom.us/j/5217469078



    Students!!!  Please make note of this fantastic opportunity:

     The Community Outreach Team at Upsolve, a national legal services nonprofit funded by the federal government and Harvard University. I’m reaching out to introduce a scholarship that we’d like to publicize to students at Scholars Academy. We'd like to hear from as many students as possible and so we'd really appreciate it if you could encourage some of your students to apply.

     As a nonprofit that uses tech to help Americans access their civil rights, we are passionate about social innovation. To empower the next generation of change-makers, we are encouraging students to submit short essays (500-1000 words) on how society can improve access to justice. The winning essay will receive $2,500.

     We were wondering if you could help us get the word out about this opportunity by posting our scholarship page link on your scholarships page. I want to invite you to visit our website for more information about our scholarship program at https://upsolve.org/scholarship/. We’d be honored if you could help share it with your students and possibly include it on your website.

     These are the eligibility requirements:

    • Must be currently attending university or college or set to attend during 2021-2022 academic year;
    • Must apply via email and provide their name, university or college, major, and expected graduation month and year;
    • Must be in good standing with their current or prospective institution;
    • Provide their application (a two-page essay on your ideas for a more equitable legal system) by March 31, 2021

    Please do not hesitate to reach out if you have any questions!!