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The Commitment

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ESTABLISHED IN 1999 by the vision of Dr. Dean Kumpuris of Little Rock, the Arkansas Commitment Program is a nonprofit organization created to identify academically talented African-American high school students throughout central Arkansas and guide them to become leaders of society at large as well as within the African-American community in Arkansas. We know that not all members will return to Arkansas after college to pursue their careers; however, we endeavor to develop a sense of responsibility to their home state and community. We also believe experience will demonstrate to our members that, given what Arkansas offers them, they will often be better off and accomplish more living and working here than elsewhere. The ultimate goal of Arkansas Commitment is to ensure future diversity in every aspect of the Arkansas community and to retain one of Arkansas most valuable resources its young people.

9TH GRADE – THE FOUNDATION YEAR

  • Introductory Meeting including Parents/Guardians (August/ September)
  • Orientation to Program plus College Counseling with advice on grades, course selection, extra-curricular activities, and career exploration
  • Monthly College Counseling/ PSAT Test Prep Sessions (once a month)
  • Basic Financial Aid and financial planning session

10TH GRADE – ACTIVITY INVOLVEMENT AND IMPROVING GRADES

  • Emphasis will be placed on overall mentoring, continued academic progress and leadership development
  • Monthly College Counseling/ Test Prep Sessions (once a month)
  • ACT or SAT to be taken once during the year: REQUIRED
  • Financial Aid and planning session – Part 2

11TH GRADE – OFFICIALLY BECOMING PART OF THE COMMITMENT

  • Monthly College Counseling/SAT & ACT Test Prep Seminars (once a month during first semester; then twice a month in second semester)
  • Official Candidate Application (first semester)
  • PSAT prep (September); ACT prep program (starting in January); ACT and/or SAT to be taken once or more during the year and in the second semester at the latest: REQUIRED
  • Spring semester starting the college search process, researching schools and programs, developing potential, school lists and formal interview process with Director: REQUIRED
  • College Tour
  • Community service projects: REQUIRED
  • Summer Programs research and application

12TH GRADE – COLLEGE SEARCH/ FINANCIAL AID/ SCHOLARSHIPS/ INTERNSHIPS

  • Numerous College Counseling/SAT & ACT Test Prep Seminars (at intervals during the academic year)
    Institutional and Outside scholarship application (entire school year)
  • Financial Aid Workshop (November-January)
  • Intern Application (March); Intern Interviews (April)
  • ACT/ SAT to be taken as needed during the fall semester depending on previous scores: REQUIRED
  • Community service projects: REQUIRED