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Centennial Scholars Program Membership Requirements

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Students are accepted into a cohort of 40 each year 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 a 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 willing to follow and complete all the research components for the four years of the program
  • Must be committed to participating in all program activities

Four-Step Membership Process (Dates are approximate)

  1. Interest & Application: January 1 - March 30, 2017
    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 two-page, double-spaced, 12-point font essay responding to the prompt, “Describe an experience where you have demonstrated dedication, commitment, and sacrifice." Email to csp@nccu.edu by April 1, 2017.
    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: April 6 - April 28, 2017
    1. If selected for an interview, candidates must participate and a 30- to 45-minute on-campus interview conducted by one of the Men's Achievement Center program coordinators.
    2. Each interviewee is expected to be dressed in a shirt and tie at minimum.
    3. In rare instances, long distance and/or out-of-state applicants may opt to participate in a Skype interview.
    4. *Attend MAC MASTERS Summit* (April 22 Not Required But Strongly Recommended)
  3. Acceptance: April 6 - April 28, 2017
    1. The program coordinator conducting the interview will notify each student upon his acceptance status.
    2. CSP acceptance will remain pending upon receiving full admission status from the Office of Undergraduate Admissions.
  4. CSP Orientation: 2017 dates to be announced. All accepted NCCU students will attend orientation during the designated CSP session.

Other Requirements

CSP Welcome Ceremony - All 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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