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Welcome to the President’s Emerging Scholars Academy


There is a significant lack of opportunity for students from underserved areas to enter and succeed in fulfilling and rewarding fields such as engineering and health sciences. Also, there is a substantial need for minority students in education.

Bluefield State University will address this need through the President’s Emerging Scholars Academy (PESA) which will prepare rising high school students from under-resourced backgrounds for college-level work in challenging fields of study.


The program will focus on students from target high schools in economically underserved areas with a special emphasis on minority students. Each student should display:

  • An interest in science, technology, engineering, or mathematics.
  • A sincere desire to learn.
  • An earnest commitment to learn.

BSU will select students from ten high schools in areas with a high percentage of underserved and minority students. PESA will provide selected students with a summer residential experience and a year-long academic mentoring focusing on academic enrichment, leadership development, and college readiness.

In preparing these students for college success, the PESA has three objectives:
academic enrichment, developing leadership skills, and college readiness.


  1. Academic Enrichment
    a. Emphasizing reading, writing, and math.
    b. Building cognitive skills.
    c. Creating and developing an academic path to a productive and satisfying career.
  2. Leadership Skills
    a. Creating a vision.
    b. Communicating vision.
    c. Defining the role of values, objectives, and strategies.
  3. College Readiness
    a. Navigating the application and financial aid process.
    b. Understanding the academic environment.
    c. Adapting to change.

Summer Experience

Summer I – One week
  • Rising freshmen and sophomores
  • Academic evaluations
  • Team building
  • College access information
  • Collaborative learning
  • Daily classes in reading, writing, and math
Summer II – Two weeks
  • Rising juniors
  • Science added to reading, writing, and math
  • Increased interaction
  • Additional college access information
Summer III – Three weeks
  • Rising seniors
  • Simulation of freshman schedule
  • Classes in English, math, social science, lab science and art
  • Students work on college applications
  • Campus orientation