Aspiring Eagles Academy

Bridging to SOAR

Aspiring Eagles Academy Summer Bridge Program (AEA) provides a comprehensive orientation and academic support program designed to ease the transition from high school to college while building a solid educational foundation. The Academy focuses on a specialized population of underrepresented students such as first-generation and rural students.

Applicants selected to participate in AEA consist of a cohort model, half of whom are first-generation college students. The academy includes a hybrid 5-week Summer Bridge program, a living-learning community, cultural enrichment, study, travel abroad, intrusive academic coaching and focused academic support. The AEA Summer Bridge Program is open to North Carolina residents who are either U.S. citizens or permanent residents of the United States.


AEA 4-Year Graduation Rate


AEA Student Retention Rate


Average GPA of Cohort 21 (First-Year Cumulative GPA)

Aspiring Eagles Academy Program

Aspiring Eagles Academy (AEA) at North Carolina Central University aims to provide foundational academic support and guidance to AEA scholars as they transition from high school to North Carolina Central University. We work closely with our scholars and offer ongoing support throughout their entire academic careers. One of the program's specific goals is to provide scholars with the opportunity to enhance their academic performance and skill set as they transition into and progress through their majors.

Aspiring Eagles Academy Spotlight

Cyerra Cruise and Tatyana Dunn

Current AEA Students

Cyerra Cruise and Tatyana Dunn (AEA cohort 18) have been selected to participate in the NCCU and Boston University Early Medical School Selection Program. This opportunity prepares students to better navigate the transition to medical school through rigorous undergraduate coursework, early exposure to the medical school curriculum and culture and the development of a unique and supportive community.

Brandon Peay holding a "Best in Blue" award from the 22nd Intelligence Squadron

AEA Alumni

Mr. Brendon Peay entered North Carolina Central University during the summer of 2017 as a member of the Aspiring Eagles Academy and is a recent 2020 graduate. He holds a Bachelor of Arts degree in Political Science. Mr. Peay serves as a Section Commander for the 22nd Intelligence Squadron stationed at Fort Meade in Maryland. By trade, he is a Force Support Officer that focuses on leading, managing and directing personnel who execute combat support capabilities for the Air Force and joint mission in the core areas of Manpower, Personnel, and Services Programs.

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AEA Student-Athletes

Thirty percent of each cohort of Aspiring Eagles Academy consists of student-athletes at North Carolina Central University. Participating in AEA allows students to interact with each other and build friendships during the program while also allowing for lessons on classroom etiquette. Topics throughout the summer include but are not limited to note-taking, test preparation, study habits, NCAA guidelines, academic misconduct, student-athlete time management, mental health and other topics that will help a new student-athlete thrive at North Carolina Central University.

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Aspiring Eagles Academy FAQs

Have questions? Learn more about AEA.

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AEA Photo Gallery

Take a look at these images of some of our outstanding students.

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Donate to AEA

Select "Aspiring Eagles Academy" from the dropdown menu to support professional development and academic enrichment activities such as guest speakers and national and international travel.

AEA Application Portal

The application period begins in November 2021, and the deadline is May 2022.


Price, Kweneshia

Director of Aspiring Eagles Academy, Lead Academic Counselor

University College

Location: Alexander-Dunn Building, Room 106

Email: kprice18@NCCU.EDU

Phone: 919-530-7042


White, Jesse

Administrative Support Associate

University College

Location: Alexander-Dunn Building, Room 101

Email: jwhite138@NCCU.EDU

Phone: 919-530-6932