Selection and Qualification

From the group of nominated applicants, a committee comprised of University officials will select 40 total applicants, 20 per session. Students will be ranked on demonstrated interest in public service, leadership, concern for others, and academic achievements. The committee will attempt to form a class with diverse interests and experiences.

Nomination Procedure and Guidelines

Educators and mentors, click here to submit an online nomination.

To Apply 

Once the nomination is submitted online, students will receive an email with information about how to apply for the program.

In order to be considered for selection, students MUST meet the following requirements: 

  • Mississippi resident or resident of a neighboring state.
  • Currently be in 8th grade.
  • Demonstrate a commitment to others whether in the form of school/community leadership, family/neighborhood responsibilities, or volunteerism. 

Required Application Materials: 

  • Online application, video prompt and essay responses (Applications will be sent to student upon nomination.)
  • Two letters of recommendation from a teacher or administrator. (The link for Letters of Recommendation will be in the application provided.)
  • Transcripts or report cards from 6th, 7th, and current 8th grades

What Students are Saying

Former participants have shared their feedback with us. Take a look!

“I had one of the best experiences of my life while I was here.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2017

“ I met truly interesting speakers and that inspired me to be like them.”

Student ParticipantSummer 2018