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Academic STARS

The Center for Black Culture and Research’s Summer Academic Program

STARS Student Drummers

Each summer the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research sponsors a program for newly enrolled African American freshman designed to enrich their college experience. Entitled Academic STARS, (Students Achieving and Reaching Success) this five-week program helps students build a solid academic foundation, develop cultural self-awareness, and enhance their leadership potential.    Along with offering a credit bearing course, the experience includes three workshops as well as a variety of other academic and social activities. During the final week of the program, students are also required to participate in an authentic “Rites of Passage” process, which builds on the knowledge obtained in their required classes. STARS students here at West Virginia University are retained at a very high level, and are engaged at every level of student involvement and leadership.

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 need

To Be Eligible for the STARS Program

  • You must be a first year African American student who is carrying at least a 2.75 in your High School Program.
  • You must also have transcript evidence of extra-curricular activities, or verifiable proof of some type of community service.
  • If you are interested in participating in the Academic STARS 2016 Summer Program, please complete the online application on our website.
  • You will need to type and attach an essay as well as submit an official high school transcript along with three letters of recommendation.

Stars Application

You can also call us at the WVU Center for Black Culture and Research, (304) 293-7029, we will be happy to answer any questions you may have.

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