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Real education means to inspire people to live more abundantly, to learn to begin with life as they find it and make it better.

—Carter G. Woodson

The Elite Scholars Program is a leadership development program dedicated to academic excellence, setting career goals and cultivating the talents and abilities of African American male students. It's free to apply, and there's no cost to participate.

Program Benefits

  • Develop leadership through professional development activities.
  • Gain insight from peer mentors.
  • Establish connections and develop a strong rapport with faculty, staff, community leaders and student leaders.
  • Access tutors, mentors and professional staff dedicated to African American male success.


  • GGC 1000 – First Year Seminar for freshmen participants
  • Common Media Program
  • Elite Scholar Seminar, a 6-week seminar series that includes topics such as financial aid and scholarships, leadership development, student involvement and other relevant topics
  • Community service
  • Participation in the Kappa Alpha Psi Fraternity, Incorporated Guide Right Mentoring Program
  • Tutoring/study sessions
  • Social and cultural outings
Apply to Become an Elite Scholar

Monitor your email to learn if you've been accepted into the program, and to learn your next steps. Also, consider referring other interested students to apply.

The Elite Scholars Program is part of the University System of Georgia’s African-American Male Initiative (AAMI), a nationally recognized statewide network.

Contact one of the program directors for more information.

Support the Elite Scholars Program

Partnering with the Elite Scholars Program is vital to the success of program participants. Here's how you can help.

  • Become a mentor.
  • Provide volunteer, internship or career opportunities to Elite Scholars.
  • Provide a financial gift to support program activities. Contact Advancement to learn more.

Success during the first year of college is critical for any student. For African American male students, first-year success is even more important. This program provides these students with a clear road map to success, a head start in adjusting to college, and help in overcoming obstacles they may encounter along the way.

—Deborah Reato