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Centennial Scholars Program Membership Requirements

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Students are accepted into a cohort of 40 following a competitive application process that takes place in late spring/summer each year. Members must be part of CSP for all four years and live in the CSP Living Learning Community for a minimum of two years. Participants will attend regular one-on-one and group meetings with a program coordinator and all of the MAC events.

Members will participate in academic skills development, leadership development, identity development, financial responsibility, manhood/masculinity, brotherhood, and spiritual awareness. 

There is no minimum GPA to join; however, we require a desire to learn how to conduct research and a commitment to the program’s requirements. Members will earn research distinction recognition upon graduation. The goal is to increase retention and graduation rates, as well as produce more Black males who attend graduate and professional schools.

Membership Requirements

  • Must be an African American male student who has been accepted into NCCU.
  • Must live on-campus in the CSP Living Learning Community for a minimum of two years.
  • Must be committed to participating in all program activities.

Four-Step Membership Process (Dates are approximate)

  1. Interest & Application:
    1. Qualified students may express interest by contacting the office by email csp@nccu.edu or by calling (919) 530-7814.
    2. Candidate must complete a one-paged, double-spaced, 12-point font essay responding to the prompt, “How does college improve your life chances as a young man of color?" Email to csp@nccu.edu.
    3. Complete and submit your application as soon as possible and submit the writing sample in a PDF or Word document to csp@nccu.edu or fax it to (919) 530-6074.
  2. Interview:
    1. A 30- to 45-minute Skype interview interview conducted by one of the Men's Achievement Center staff and current members of CSP.
    2. Each interviewee is expected to be dressed in a shirt and tie at minimum. 
  3. Acceptance:
    1. Candidates will be notified of their  acceptance status.
  4. CSP Induction: 2018 dates to be announced. 

Other Requirements

CSP Welcome Ceremony - CSP students and families and/or caregivers will attend the CSP Welcome Ceremony. Details will be announced once the student is accepted into the program.

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