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Residential College Preparatory Program
President's Academy

Thanks to everyone who attended the
2014 President's Academy

Information about the 2015 Academy will be posted here when available

Preparatory program designed specifically for high-ability high school students

The President’s Academy 2014 is a five-day residential college preparatory program held on the ULM campus. This year we are partnering with two Fortune 500 companies in Monroe, CenturyLink Communications and Angus Chemical Company, a subsidiary of The Dow Chemical Company, two local hospitals, University Health Conway and St. Francis Medical Center, and Escamilla and Poneck LLC, an international law firm, to provide externships in the fields of Computer Sciences, Law, Health Sciences and Physical Sciences. Coupled with follow-up laboratory experiences with university faculty and college courses that equip scholars with the soft skills to flourish in a competitive job market, the President’s Academy 2014 offers high-ability high school student exclusive access to the global economy.

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An Academy like no other...

Experience exclusive externships developed by the College of Education and Human Development, College of Pharmacy, College of Business Administration and College of Arts and Sciences and world-class businesses and medical centers:

What's an externship?

Externships are real world learning opportunities that take place at local businesses and hospitals with professionals in the field.

Computer Science

Get down to business and experience cutting-edge technology as you move from the cubicle to the boardroom at CenturyLink, one of the largest telecommunications companies in the United States.

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Health Science

Find out what it takes to make it in a medical profession as you shadow professionals as they treat different disease states at University Health Conway and St. Francis Medical Center.


Follow the line of the law as you learn to research, analyze and draft legal memoranda with lawyers from international law firm Escamilla, Poneck and Cruz LLP.

Physical Science

Work side-by-side with chemical engineers as you see how drugs are synthesized, developed and tested for purity in state-of-the-art analytical laboratories at ANGUS Chemical Company, a subsidiary of the Dow Chemical Company.

Find out more: About the Externships

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Who can apply?

Participation is limited to 65 academically motivated high school students who have the aptitude to participate in challenging and intensive real-life work experiences with world-class businesses and organizations. If you would like to find out more about the academy, you can inquire online.

Applicants must meet the following:

• Academic Requirements -minimum ACT 24 or 3.5 GPA

• Academic Recommendations (2)

• Incoming Sophomores, Juniors and Seniors in Fall 2014

Students completing the academy will receive 1-hr college course credit. The completion of online applications and two recommendations are due by May 10.

Recommendation Form

Academy Fee

Academy costs cover room and board for five days on the ULM campus, instruction by faculty, all college course materials, transportation to externships, 1-hr college course credit, Welcome Reception and Awards Banquet for parents and are valued at $1,150 per student. Support from the university and President Nick Bruno have allowed us to offer the academy for a reduced fee of $500 per student.

Academy fees may be paid online or by check. If paying by check, please send a $500 check made payable to the order of "The University of Louisiana at Monroe" with the memo of "Presidents Academy" and mail to the DREAM office: 700 University Avenue, Monroe LA 71209.

If you are selected you will be notified by May 15 and will receive a special scholarship rate of $500 due by June 1.

Support the Academy, Sponsor a Student

pandemic 2013Help ULM extend and expand upon the enriching opportunities academically motivated high school students can experience by attending the President's Academy. If you want to designate your gift of $500 or more to fully scholarship a high-ability but low-opportunity teen, we can recognize you or your organization as a "Student Sponsor for the President's Academy."

Support the President's Academy by making your gift today. Any gift amount you are donating today will bring value to all future student participants.