Application Checklist

Thank you for your interest in participating in LA Promise Fund’s Black Student STEAM Success Program (Black S³). Black S³ was created to give Black College Success (BCS) students a stronger foundation in math and science. By incorporating elements such as pre-calculus and calculus tutoring, personal counseling, internships, and a summer program to prepare students for college-level coursework, BCS hopes to create a model to help inspire, recruit, and promote great persistence for Black students from South Los Angeles into pursuing undergraduate and graduate degrees in STEAM fields so they can take on leadership positions in the workforce.  

Black S³ is a virtual and in-person STEAM program sponsored by BCS that aims to close the readiness gap Black students face when they step on campus. 125 students in total will be selected to participate in this groundbreaking educational experience. 

The program begins with an 8-week virtual STEAM college-readiness program. Here, the goal is to reinforce math, science, and personal development concepts and shore up trouble areas for students. Using a USC Viterbi School of Engineering curriculum designed specifically for BCS students, students will participate in virtual coaching sessions for (4) four hours a week. 

In parallel, SoLa Impact will lead a bi-weekly in person "Experiential Lab". The purpose of this in-person programming is to bring the principles and concepts of STEAM to life through master classes led by leading industry professionals. SoLa Impact will provide hands-on labs/demonstrations at their world famous “Beehive” (961 E. 61st Street, Los Angeles 90001)

At the completion of the virtual and bi-weekly in-person programming (April 29, 2023 – June 6, 2023) students will transition to Black S³’s two-week on-campus experience. 

From July 10, 2023 to July 21, 2023 students will live on USC’s campus and focus on reinforcing math and science concepts to enhance their success in their transition into college, and participate in project-based activities and career pathway opportunities (STEAM internships, scholarships and career exposure).

All program participants will be housed on campus in a USC dormitory (Parkside Apartments, 3131 McClintock Ave. Los Angeles, CA 90007). All meals will be provided by USC on campus dining.

Doesn't this sound like an exciting experience? Complete the application now! 

To complete the application successfully, we recommend that you complete it in one setting using a desktop or laptop computer rather than a mobile device. We would hate for you to lose any work you've done if you come back later. Please note: Applicants that complete & submit the application by the April 8th deadline are the only applications we will consider for review

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