Committed to Excellence & Opportunity

The Committed to Excellence and Opportunity (CEO) pre-college program provides high school students with a variety of skill development workshops, leadership enhancement, and cultural enrichment opportunities. Working as a collaborative community (students, parents, UM-Flint, and additional external and internal members), our aim is to increase college access, retention, and graduation. CEO offers transformative experiences to support lifelong learning, self-actualization, resiliency, and high levels of academic achievement. After completing the rigorous program, students have the opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship to the University of Michigan-Flint.

CEO Program Highlights

Academic Year Programming

  • Scholar workshops/meetings
  • College tours
  • Academic monitoring/intervention 
  • SAT test preparation
  • Diverse cultural exposures 
  • Scholarship tracker/eligibility updates


  • SAT test preparation  
  • Reading & writing enhancement course  
  • Financial literacy  
  • College research  
  • Career exploration 
  • Goal setting


  • College applications
  • Financial Aid overview
  • Scholarship applications
  • First-year college success techniques
  • Self-Assessment via StrengthsFinder  
  • Reading & writing enhancement course 

Eligibility for the CEO Program

Students eligible for the CEO program must meet at least ONE of the following criteria:

  • First-generation college student (one or both biological parent(s) did not graduate from college)
  • Low-income
  • Underrepresented/underserved students 
  • Attends a school district with low college-going rates

Scholars are expected to actively participate in all CEO events or activities. Active participation consists of the following:

  • Attend 80% of scheduled CEO meetings
  • Participate and complete 80% of CEO academic enrichment assignments
  • Participate in SAT Prep Courses 
  • Complete at least 40 service learning hours (10 each academic year) per COVID-19 safety protocol


Please fill out the below forms and submit to the Office of Educational Opportunity Initiatives.