The N.C. Sli High School Scholars Program is a comprehensive leadership development and college preparatory program for Latinx high school students in North Carolina’s public education system.

Beginning the summer prior to their sophomore year, Sli Scholars participate in a three-year program that helps them explore and grow their cultural, college-going, and leadership identities. Throughout the program, they engage with their own personal development as well learn the “nuts and bolts” about the college admissions process. Ultimately, Sli Scholars engage in a transformative experience that reframes how they think about themselves and the world.

Sli Scholars receive year-round support that includes the following:

Mentorship and Support Network

Mentorship from current college students in addition to a full support team that includes N.C. Sli staff, faculty, and teacher support at partner schools

Academic and Personal Enrichment

Workshops that focus on personal and professional development that provide the resources and tools necessary to thrive after high school

College and Career Prep

Advising to help students navigate post-high school opportunities, including guidance with the college application process, financial aid, and scholarships

Students must meet the following eligibility criteria:

  • self-identify as Latino/a/x or Hispanic;
  • come from immigrant families (students or parents were born outside the U.S.);
  • attend public schools in one of the following districts: Chapel Hill / Carrboro City Schools, Orange County, Lee County, Chatham County;
  • come from families with limited financial resources;
  • have parents who did not attend college or whose college degrees are from outside the U.S. (first-generation college students)

We seek students who demonstrate the following:

  • work collaboratively and effectively with others;
  • show commitment to academic achievement and personal growth;
  • are interested in developing leadership skills;
  • aim to serve and improve their local communities;
  • are willing to explore new ideas and engage in challenging conversations


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