We are looking for rising high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability, especially those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in post-secondary education. Project Uplift & Uplift PLUS is designed for students from underrepresented populations, such as American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latinx and Asian American backgrounds. We also welcome prospective first-generation college students, students from rural communities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.


In order to be eligible to apply to the 2019 Project Uplift & Uplift PLUS programs, applicants must be a current high school junior or a student who will be graduating from high school during or before the summer of 2020 and planning to enroll as a freshman in college in the fall of 2020.

Project Uplift accepts applicants from ALL US states and territories. Uplift PLUS, however, is only for North Carolina residents.

Academic Achievement:

Students should be academically motivated and be enrolled in a curriculum that includes foreign language, advanced mathematics, and college-level courses such as Advanced Placement (AP), International Baccalaureate ® (IB) or Dual Enrollment. Students should show active involvement in extracurricular activities and have demonstrated leadership. In addition to Project Uplift, particularly high-achieving students should consider participating in the Uplift PLUS program.

Selection Criteria:

Project Uplift reviews all applications holistically. Our staff understands that students come from a wide variety of backgrounds and with different educational and extracurricular opportunities. As a result, the essays are the most important parts of the application.