College LAUNCH for Leadership Program

2017-2018 College LAUNCH (Charlotte Campus) Application

2017-2018 College LAUNCH (Winston-Salem/Main Campus) Application

Overview

EY logoCollege LAUNCH (Learn. Achieve. Understand. Network. Commit. Help) for Leadership is a FREE nine-month college preparatory program which focuses on social justice and leadership development. Founded in 2014, College LAUNCH for Leadership brings diverse students entering their junior year from high schools throughout the Charlotte area to Wake Forest University’s Charlotte campus. Beginning in 2017, College LAUNCH for Leadership will expand to serve high school juniors in the Winston-Salem community,  connecting them to Wake Forest University’s main campus.

The program, offered in partnership with EY, entails one Saturday per month beginning September through May. The purpose of College LAUNCH for Leadership is to promote access to higher education by increasing social consciousness and awareness of opportunities available for high school students who have been identified as having extraordinary academic and leadership potential.

How do I apply for the College LAUNCH for Leadership Program?

The College LAUNCH for Leadership Program is designed for high potential, first generation, college bound, underrepresented high school students. Students entering their junior year of high school are eligible to apply. Admission to the program is determined by your application information, personal statement, activities journal, and high school transcripts. The College LAUNCH for Leadership Program application for the 2017-2018 school year is now available!

If you are interested in receiving additional information about the College LAUNCH for Leadership program, please contact:

Kyla Acue, Assistant Director,WFU Charlotte MBA program 1/18/13Kyla Hollingsworth
Wake Forest University Charlotte Center
200 North College Suite #150
Charlotte, NC 28202

phone: 704-365-1921
emailacieke@nullwfu.edu

 

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Donovan Livingston
Wake Forest University – Main Campus
Reynolda Hall, Room 230
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

phone: 336-758-7134
email: livingda@nullwfu.edu

Frequently Asked Questions

Application & Admissions Process

Where can I apply?

Applications can be submitted online or be mailed directly to:

Kyla Hollingsworth
Wake Forest University Charlotte Center
200 North College Street Suite 150
Charlotte, NC 28202

or

Donovan Livingston
Wake Forest University – Main Campus
Reynolda Hall, Room 230
Winston-Salem, NC 27109

Who is eligible to apply to the College LAUNCH for Leadership Program?

Diverse high school students currently in their sophomore year. Students participate in the program during their junior year in high school.

What are the application requirements?

Students must complete all sections of the application, attach a copy of their high school transcripts, and complete the online recommendation by the application deadline of Friday, June 9, 2017.

When is the application deadline?

The deadline for the 2017-2018 application is Friday, June 9, 2017.

Can international students apply?

Yes, if they are enrolled in a domestic high school.

Can home-schooled students apply?

Yes. Diverse, college-bound home-schooled students can apply.

How long is the required personal statement?

The personal statement should be a minimum of one paragraph and a maximum of one page.

When will I hear back about my acceptance?

Students will be accepted on a rolling admissions basis until Friday, June 16, 2017. All applicants will be notified via email.

General Information for Parents

Is there a cost for the program?

The program is FREE for admitted students. College LAUNCH for Leadership is fully funded by EY (Ernst & Young), private donors, and Wake Forest University. The program includes breakfast and lunch for all program participants.

What are the requirements of the program?

We have high expectations for our Future Leaders and ask that they arrive 10 minutes before each workshop and come prepared with a positive attitude. Additional expectations for the program will be set during orientation.

As a parent, am I obligated to participate in any workshops? And if so, what if I cannot attend?

Students are required to complete nine Saturday workshops. The Parent/Guardian will be required to attend two sessions: Orientation (30 minutes) and Discover Wake Forest University Day. Please speak to the Director of the program to make arrangements if you are not able to attend. Parents are also invited to attend our Graduation Celebration in May to commemorate the completion of the LAUNCH program with our Future Leaders, faculty and staff.

 

 

How many family members can attend the Discover Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem?

Our Future Leaders are allowed to bring one additional family member to Discover Wake Forest University. As the date gets closer, you will have the opportunity to RSVP for the event in order to reserve your seats.

Can parents attend workshops?

Parents are invited to attend:

  • Orientation – September (required)
  • Discover Wake Forest University – Main Campus in Winston-Salem – February
  • Graduation Celebration – May

General Information for Students

When does the program begin and end?

The program runs from September to May and meets one Saturday per month from 9:00 am – 2:00 pm.

What are the requirements of the program?

We have high expectations for our Future Leaders and ask that they arrive 10 minutes before each workshop and come prepared with a positive attitude. Additional expectations for the program will be set during orientation.

What are the benefits of the program?

Our Future Leaders will complete a comprehensive curriculum focused on developing skills for academic and personal success. Students will receive training on effective writing and interview skills for the college admissions process. Our Future Leaders will have opportunities to connect directly with leaders, community members and industry professionals in multiple disciplines. Students will receive a certificate of completion at the end of the program.

 

What if I cannot attend every session?

Our Future Leaders are expected to attend all nine workshops. Students however, are allowed one excused absence. Please contact the Program Director in advance if you anticipate missing a workshop.

If I am accepted and I decide not to attend, what should I do?

Charlotte applicants, please contact Kyla Hollingsworth (phone: 704-365-1921 and email: acieke@nullwfu.edu). Winston-Salem applicants, please contact Donovan Livingston (phone: 336-758-7134 and email: livingda@nullwfu.edu).

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