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Project Uplift: Engage The Next Generation Of Leaders

Founded in 1968, Project Uplift gives high achieving African American, Native American, Latinx, Asian American, low income, rural and other rising high school seniors from historically under-served populations a firsthand opportunity to live, lead and learn about Carolina.

Since 1969, more than 35,000 promising high school students have visited UNC-Chapel Hill as part of this program designed to promote and increase access to higher education among all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education.

Project Uplift is an immersive two days on campus that connects these students with the college experience during the summer between their junior and senior years in high school. Project Uplift opens their eyes to that possibility in their own futures.

In 2014, Project Uplift PLUS began. Uplift PLUS is a five-week program for North Carolina residents that takes place during Carolina’s Summer Session II. Selected based on their Project Uplift applications, PLUS participants live on campus, attend SAT/ACT coaching sessions, and take English 100 for three credits.

Uplift PLUS provides a direct bridge to college through direct instruction by UNC faculty, and empowers participants to reach their full potential as leaders by providing advanced leadership training and cultural competence development.

Project Uplift celebrates its 50th anniversary in 2019, and seeks your help in paving the way for even more students.

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