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Project Uplift

Project Uplift is a special program that enables high-achieving rising seniors to experience college life on the Carolina campus. Students spend two days visiting classes, meeting with faculty and staff, interacting with Carolina students, and participating in cultural and social activities. The individual program dates are May 22-24, May 29-31, June 5-7, and June 12-14. There is a nonrefundable $25 program fee which covers all meals, housing, t-shirt, and program materials. Please note this fee does not include travel costs to Chapel Hill. If you have a student with demonstrated financial need, you or the student may email project_uplift@unc.edu for information on a fee waiver.

Please note that at this time, the June 12-14 program date is full. We still have availability for the first three program dates.

Who is eligible for nomination?
Project Uplift is designed for students from underrepresented populations such as American Indians, African Americans, Hispanic/Latinos, and Asian Americans. We also welcome prospective first-generation college students and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.  Students should be academically motivated, rank in the top 20% of their class, be enrolled in a curriculum that includes AP course(s), foreign language, and advanced mathematics. Project Uplift nominees show active involvement in extracurricular activities and have demonstrated leadership.

How does the nomination process work?
Each high school can nominate up to 15 students to apply to Project Uplift. Nominating students is a simple three step process:

  1. Download our Project Uplift Nomination Certificate
  2.  Use the first page to keep track of who you nominate
  3. Notify your nominees by presenting them with a hard copy of the Certificate. We encourage you to inform the students’ families about the honor of being nominated to Project Uplift. You could also email the certificate to nominated students.

Please note that nominations for 2014 programs are closed at this time.

What are the deadlines?
Students have until January 13,  2014 to submit their application, so it is best if you nominate students as soon as possible. The application is available December 15, 2013 to January 13, 2014. Please note that applications for 2014 are now closed.

Can you provide me a list of students that I/we nominated for Project Uplift?
We ask that all counselors keep a list of their nominees. You can use the first page of the Project Uplift Nomination Certificate as your tracking document.

When will students receive a decision after applying to Project Uplift?
We plan to notify students in early March via email. Admitted students will receive information at that time on how to register for the date they wish to attend.

Can you tell me which students are attending, which week are they attending and whether they have attended?
Students may manage all aspects of their registration online by logging into MyCarolina and viewing their registration details. Please ask your students for more details about the event they registered for.

I want to nominate a student that is below the top 20% of his or her class. Can I?
We ask that counselors use their professional judgment when nominating students for Project Uplift. Many schools do not rank, do not follow a traditional ranking systyem, or have exceptional students beyond the recommended top 20%. Students may also have special circumstances beyond our knowledge. We trust you will nominate students who are academically motivated and will both benefit from and contribute to the program.

How can I get on your email listserv for Project Uplift notifications?
We want to communicate with counselors and school administrators regularly on all matters related to UNC Admissions, including programs such as Project Uplift. To receive these regular monthly updates, please email us at counselor@admissions.unc.edu. If you are a parent or student and would like more information about Project Uplift, please email project_uplift@unc.edu.

Can current sophomores (rising juniors) attend Project Uplift?
Project Uplift is designed exclusively for current juniors (rising seniors). We encourage you to learn more about Heels for Success.

Where can I find more information?
The Office of Diversity and Multicultural Affairs has additional information on their site. Also, please do not hesitate to contact us with any questions or concerns.

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