Summer 2019

Emerson Academy @ UUCGN


Aim High, Reach, Succeed . . .

and get a head start on your path to college.

What is the Emerson Academy @ UUCGN?
  • Emerson Academy @ UUCGN is a free PSAT/ACT/SAT test preparation summer program for qualified high school Collier County students.  The program is a collaborative effort of the NAACP and UUCGN, made available at no charge to qualified students through the UUCGN Social Justice Education Fund.

  • The mission of the Emerson Academy @ UUCGN is to expand the pool of qualified Collier County High School students from historically under-represented and under-served backgrounds who want to enter fields of science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM).   Our goal is to improve our students’ skills and confidence so that they increase their chances for admission to top universities.

  • Our focus is on improving test performance for college entrance examinations.

  • Our emphasis is on test materials covering language arts, mathematics, science and vocabulary.

  • Instructors are drawn from professional faculty of Collier County high schools.

  • Tutors and mentors are retired engineers, doctors, attorneys, professors, and scientists who are graduates from top colleges and universities.

In addition, each day includes time for students to participate in and/or create for themselves a variety of programs.

  • Spend extra time on test prep with tutors.

  • Learn how to write a college essay and develop a resume to enhance college admission or getting a part time job.

  • Explore opportunities for high school juniors to apply to FREE college STEM camps in 2020 on the campuses of top American universities such as MIT, Purdue University, Carnegie Mellon University, etc. 

  • Participate in seminars on topics such as greenhouse gases, global warming, solar energy, electricity, or gravitational waves.

  • Discuss the history of civil rights and the NAACP in America.

  • Learn to play chess!



The Emerson Academy @ UUCGN will be held over a three-week period on Tuesdays, Wednesdays, and Thursdays, July 9-25, 2019.   The program runs from 8:15 AM to 2:30 PM, and each day consists of two 1-1/2 hour sessions in language arts and mathematics before lunch.  In the afternoon, students will join in "Creative Exploration Time" which will be determined in collaboration with the students’ expressed interests and in coordination with tutor, faculty, and mentor availability. 

NOTE:  Students must commit to attending all 9 days of instruction during the three-week period.

The daily schedule is shown below.


8:15 am to 9:00 am:     Arrival, Sign-In, Welcome & Breakfast

9:00 am to 10:30 am    Instruction Period 1*

10:30 am to 10:45 am  Break/Snack

10:45 am to 12:15 pm   Instruction Period 2*


12:15 pm to 1:00 pm     Lunch

1:00 pm to 2:00 pm       Creative Exploration Time

2:00 pm to 2:30 pm       Students depart.  

* There are two separate sessions, language arts & mathematics, in each Instruction period.  Half the students attend each of the two sessions in the first instruction period and attend the other two sessions in the second instruction period.  

Program Costs
  • Emerson Academy @ UUCGN does not charge a tuition fee. 

  • Course materials, breakfast, and lunch are also provided at no charge.

  • The program is a collaborative effort of the National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP Collier Country) and UUCGN, made available for free to qualified students through the UUCGN Social Justice Education Fund.

Admission to Emerson Academy @ UUCGN


Students will be asked to complete a simple written application.  We urge students with competitive, strong academic records, to apply for FREE admission to the Emerson Academy @ UUCGN.  Our faculty give special consideration to the following:

  • Students who demonstrate the intellectual potential, academic success, self-motivation, and determination to break into STEM fields

  • Low socio-economic status, which may be indicated by eligibility for public assistance programs, or free/reduced lunch programs

  • Under-represented ethnic minorities

  • First generation for college (neither parent completed a bachelor’s degree)




There is a limited number of openings for the Emerson Academy @ UUCGN for 2019. 

Students will be selected on the basis of application information requested:

  • Family and student information

  • Academic transcripts

  • Standardized test scores, if available

  • One or two recommendation letters (including one from a STEM teacher)

  • A short essay about your interest in an education leading to a career in a STEM field


How to apply

To request an application for admission to the Summer 2019 Emerson Academy @ UUCGN, email  Include your home mailing address with your request.


You may request additional information by calling Dr. Bill McCormick, Emerson Academy Director, at 978-828-2041.

All information in the application and student registration is confidential.

Attendance is limited to 30 students and we urge you to apply as soon as possible.

Emerson Academy @ UUCGN takes place in the facilities on the campus of the Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples, 6340 Napa Woods Way, Naples, FL  34116.

The National Association for the Advancement of Colored People (NAACP)’s mission is to ensure the political, educational, social and economic equality of rights of all people and to eliminate racial hatred and racial discrimination.


UUCGN’s mission is to strive to create a larger community of peace, justice and love.


We do not discriminate on the basis of race, color,  national origin, religion, sex, gender identity, age, disability, or sexual orientation.

© 2019 Unitarian Universalist Congregation of Greater Naples • 6340 Napa Woods Way • Naples, FL 34116 • (239) 455-6553


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