Emerging Scholars Program

The Emerging Scholars Program (NESP) identifies and assists individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds who have the potential to succeed in higher education. The program provides academic, career, and financial aid counseling to its participants and it encourages them to graduate from high school and continue on to the postsecondary school of their choice. NESP also serves high school dropouts by encouraging them to reenter the educational system and complete their education. The program serves 1,016 eligible participants enrolled in four middle schools and 5 high schools in the Huntsville City School District, eleven schools in the Jackson County School District, and two schools in the city of Scottsboro. At least 66% of all participants are low-income, first-generation individuals with the potential for a postsecondary education.

Individuals enrolled in the program receive:

Academic Counseling

  • Preparation for Successful High School Completion
  • Preparation for Successful College Completion
  • Study-Skill Sessions
  • Test-Taking Skills Workshops
  • Assessments
  • Leadership Development Workshops

Career Counseling

  • Career Searches
  • Professional Speakers
  • Job Shadowing


  • Math
  • English: Grammar and Literature
  • Science
  • Social Studies

Summer Enrichment Program

  • A six-week enrichment program at UAHuntsville (UAH)
  • Workshops and classes in areas such as: English, Math, Reading, and Social Studies

Field Trips

  • Visits to Cultural and Educational Sites

Our general services are free, but specialized services and books for prep classes may require a fee. All information remains confidential.

For more information on this service, please contact Cynthia Allen at 256-372-4600.

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