“The Academy is a second home. You get to be in a classroom with people who look like you, which you can’t find anywhere else in Cedar Rapids. Once you’ve experienced something like this, where everyone is African American, you don’t forget how special it is.”
– Afnan Elsheikh
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success received a Program Fund to support recruitment efforts, transportation costs, year-round activities and an on-going research project. The Academy encourages students to fulfill their academic and personal potential by infusing African American culture into the core curriculum of a summer educational program.