Dear Timothy:

Thank you for all the work you’re doing to help prepare your students for the next step in their academic journey. To help you in this work, we want to encourage you to "save the date" for Project Uplift 2016,North Carolina Renaissance 2016 and our new program Uplift Plus 2016. You'll receive additional details about these amazing opportunities for your students in the coming months.

Project Uplift is a unique opportunity that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus. Students spend two days attending academic classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with Carolina students, and participating in cultural and social activities. Students can select one of the following four dates to attend Project Uplift: May 19-21, May 26-28, June 2-4, and June 9-11. There is a non-refundable $35 registration fee; beyond that, Project Uplift is an all-expense paid program, including meals, room, and program materials (excluding travel costs).

Who is eligible for nomination?
Project Uplift is designed for students from diverse backgrounds, including those from historically underrepresented populations (African American, American Indian, Latina/o, Asian American, first-generation college, rural areas and/or disadvantaged backgrounds). Students should be academically motivated, and be enrolled in the most rigorous academic curriculum that may include AP, IB, and/or dual enrollment courses. Please know we will send additional information about the nomination process in November; however, if you have questions now, please email

The North Carolina Renaissance program invites rising juniors from rural communities for an educational four-day enrichment program. Students will participate in specially designed sessions including leadership and team building, college admissions, financial aid, and community service. The objective of the program is to inspire high achieving scholars to pursue their educational aspirations while developing unique leadership skills. The program will run May 11-14. There is a non-refundable $25 registration fee that covers all program materials, lodging, and meals (excluding travel costs).

Who is eligible for nomination?
North Carolina Renaissance is a program for emerging leaders from rural counties in North Carolina. Students should have some exposure to leadership and be academically motivated. Please contact us if you have any questions about the nomination and/or application process.

Uplift PLUS is a six-week program that takes place during Carolina’s Summer Session II. High achieving, Project Uplift participants are selected based off of their outstanding Project Uplift applications. During the six-week program, participants will live in Alexander Residence Hall, attend a SAT/ACT session and enroll in English 105 – a 3 credit hour course. To further expand participants’ knowledge of different academic and career fields, Uplift PLUS participants will gain exposure to units across the campus community. In addition to serving as daily program advisors, UP staff members serve as tutors and program facilitators. Participants will also have an opportunity to engage with important campus resources throughout the summer.

Uplift Plus is approaching its third year, and students who have participated have seen an average of a 200-point increase on the SAT, and a majority of participants have matriculated to the University.

Who is eligible?
Uplift Plus is for students who attend Project Uplift – outstanding students are invited to participate based off of their Project Uplift applications. Please contact us at if you have any questions about the nomination and/or application process.

Applications for all three programs will be available at by December 1, 2015.

We look forward to working with you.


Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs
Office of Undergraduate Admissions
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill

Here is a list of scholarships offered. I know that many of you are Freshmen, but you need to look at these scholarships with your parents so that you can start thinking about which ones you would like to apply for when you reach the appropriate grade level.

Travel Scholarships

Youth for Understanding

Carolina Catalyst Conference

Carolina Catalyst Conference Website

Leadership Opportunities for Young Women

Ann Power Vital Voices Initiative for Young Women

Summer Opportunities

Here is a great summer opportunity for students who are rising 10th and 11th graders. Please let me know if you are interested in participating in this camp.

Camp Carolina

Writing Contests

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest- 10,000 dollar prize

Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Student Opportunities:

Poetry Ambassador

Haiku Writing Contest

Heels For Success

Heels for Success