West Virginia University
Academic S.T.A.R.S. Program
(STudents Achieving and Reaching for Success)
The Center for Black Culture and Research’s Summer Academic Institute
From June 23rd to July 27th, 2013 West Virginia University is offering a program for newly enrolled African American freshman designed to enrich their college experience. Entitled Academic STARS (Students Achieving and Reaching for Success) the program is designed to help students build a solid academic foundation, develop self awareness, and enhance their leadership potential.
Along with offering one credit bearing course, the experience included three workshops as well as a variety of social and cultural activities. Students were also required to participate in a “Rites of Passage Program” which built on the knowledge that they obtained in their required classes.
The program will continue in the Fall, and students will have additional requirements such as attending related cultural programs, and being present for mandatory study tables. For this effort, they will receive a fall book scholarship which they may use in the WVU Bookstore.
This program is fully funded, and students only need additional money for their personal needs.
To be eligible for the S.T.A.R.S. Program
1. You must be a first year African American student who is carrying at least a 2.75 in your High School Program.
2. You must also have transcript evidence of extra-curricular activities, or verifiable proof of some type of community service.
3. The application deadline is May 7th by 4:45pm, 2013. (For extenuating circumstances or conflicts with this date, please contact us for special approvals, but try to adhere to the deadline for priority processing.)
If you are interested in participating in the Academic STARS 2013 Summer Institute, please complete the application on our website.