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Frequently Asked Questions

What are the benefits of joining a Renaissance Program?

Some benefits of joining a Renaissance Program include:

  • College and career planning
  • Test preparation (ACT and SAT)
  • Free ACT simulations
  • Free college tours (regional and national)
  • Fee waivers (ACT, SAT, College Admissions)
  • Academic and Cultural enrichment
  • And much more

Why should I join?

If you want to go to college but need assistance in getting there, Renaissance is where you need to be!

How can I apply?

Click here to access UB’s application, click here to access TS’s application or mail materials to 1058 W. Club Blvd, Suite 6-661, Durham, NC 27713.

How much does this cost?


What do I need to do to get in the program?

  • UB – Interest Application, Parent Application, Essay, Two (2) Recommendations, Transcript, Student and Parent Interview, Verification of Income
  • TS – Interest Application, Parent Application, Verification of Income, Recommendation

What is the time commitment?

  • UB – Students are required to attend Saturday Sessions (held 1-2 times per month) and other scheduled activities.  If you have to miss, contact your Academic Coordinator.  Summer Session, held in June/July, is mandatory for all students.
  • TS – Students should attend workshops and activities designed for their grade level.  Workshops are held 1-2 times per month.  Students are encouraged to attend Summer Institute, held in June/July.

What services do you provide?

Academic Advising, Career Development/Exploration, ACT Test Preparation, College Admissions Assistance, College Tours, FAFSA & Scholarship Information, AP Test Prep, SAT/ACT Fee Waiver, Parent Workshops

Where are activities held?

  • UB – Activities are held in Durham and Edgecombe County at various locations in which we have partnerships.
  • TS – All activities are held in Durham County.

Is transportation provided?

  • UB – Transportation is provided to Durham County for Edgecombe students and to Edgecombe County for Durham Students.  During the Summer Session, transportation is provided for Edgecombe County students.
  • TS – No transportation is provided, except for out-of-town engagements.

Are the summer programs residential?

No. Summer programs are non-residential.

What grade do I have to be in to join?

Renaissance programs are designed for students in grades 9-12 in Durham and Edgecombe counties.

Do I have to reapply every year?

No, once eligibility and acceptance is determine at application. Students do not have to reapply every year.

Do I get a stipend for participating?

UB – Students who attend events and perform in their academics are eligible to receive monthly stipends ($40 during school year and $60 for the Summer Session).

What’s the difference between Upward Bound and Talent Search?

  • UB - The Upward Bound Program provides Federal grants to projects designed to generate in program participants the skills and motivation necessary to complete a program of secondary education and to enter and succeed in a program of postsecondary education
  • TS - The Talent Search program provides grants for projects designed to—
    (a) Identify qualified youths with potential for education at the postsecondary level and encourage them to complete secondary school and undertake a program of postsecondary education;
    (b) Publicize the availability of student financial assistance for persons who seek to pursue postsecondary education; and
    (c) Encourage persons who have not completed education programs at the secondary or postsecondary level, but who have the ability to do so, to reenter these programs.

What colleges have you visited?

Allen University
Belmont University
Benedict College
Bethune-Cookman University
Bowie State University
Central State University
Cheney University
Claflin University
College of Charleston
Davidson College
East Carolina University
Elon University
Fayetteville State University
Fisk University
Florida A&M University
Florida State University
Harris Stow University
Harvard University
Lincoln University (Jefferson City, MO)
Lincoln University (Philadelphia, PA)
Meharry Medical College
Methodist University
North Carolina A&T State University
North Carolina Central University
North Carolina State University
Princeton University


South Carolina State University
St. Joseph’s University
Temple University
Tennessee State University
University of Cincinnati
University of Florida
University of Maryland
University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill
University of North Carolina at Charlotte
University of North Carolina at Greensboro
University of North Carolina at Pembroke
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of North Carolina at Wilmington
University of Pennsylvania
University of Virginia
Vanderbilt University
Wheelock College
Wilberforce University
Winston Salem State University
Yale University

How many of your students actually go to college?

In five years, we’ve place 108 students in colleges around the country.

Do you offer scholarships for your participants?

At times, we’ve been able to provide scholarships for Renaissance Scholars.


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