Students posing for a picture in the Hope Academy

H.O.P.E. Academy

June 17 - June 27, 2020

The HOPE Academic and Leadership Academy is a ten-day residential program for high school students in grades 9-12. The purpose of the Academy is to provide under-represented and under-served students with an opportunity to experience college life by engaging in college-level courses and workshops to develop and explore their leadership skills.

The Academy also offers leadership training, communication and skill building activities that can help students and their families move beyond the financial, social, and academic barriers –both factual and presumed-- toward the realization of an engaged and successful undergraduate experience.

The HOPE Academy will challenge each student to gain a new perspective on their humanity by providing theoretical and practical information necessary for the development of well-informed decision-making and judgement aptitude for present and future challenges.

Through the HOPE Academy, it is hoped that the students realize how intellect, integrity, courage, respect, passion, and leadership are true building blocks for future academic and personal success.


Applications will open March 2020.

The application deadline is June 1, 2020.


If you have any questions, please contact Ne'Angela Edwards at 507.457.4881 or

Cost of Program

The application fee for HOPE Academy is $50. Payment may be submitted by card if registering online or by check or money order if completing a paper application.

If you have any questions, please contact Ne'Angela Edwards at 507.457.4881 or