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Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff, and current students, participating in educational, cultural, and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.

For over 50 years, Project Uplift has consistently provided a diverse selection of rising high school seniors from across the state of North Carolina with an opportunity to live, lead, and learn about the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill on a first-hand basis.

Project Uplift 2021

Project Uplift sessions will be held virtually in 2021. Once accepted, participants will have the opportunity to register for their preferred week. The 2021 program dates are below:

  • Session 1: June 7-8
  • Session 2: June 9-10
  • Session 3: June 14-15
  • Session 4: June 16-17

Learn more about Project Uplift HERE

APPLY HERE by March 15, 2021

Uplift PLUS 2021

Uplift PLUS is an intensive, 5-week summer academic enrichment and college readiness program for Project Uplift participants. This program is only for NC residents. During the program, participants live on campus, attend SAT/ACT coaching sessions and take English 100 (3 credits). Participants also engage in college application prep, research, leadership development, as well as a wide variety of experiential learning opportunities. Students must attend Project Uplift to participate in Uplift PLUS. There is no separate application for Uplift PLUS. Students must indicate on their Project Uplift application whether they would like to be considered for Uplift PLUS.

We have not yet made a determination about the format of Uplift PLUS. See more COVID-19 updates here. The 2021 program dates are below:

  • June 27 – July 29

Learn more about Uplift PLUS HERE

APPLY HERE by March 15, 2021