What is ACT-SO?
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a year long achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students. ACT-SO includes 33 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 300,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
Who Is Eligible to Participate
Students of African descent who are U.S. citizens enrolled in grades 9-12 and are
amateurs in the categories are eligible to participate.
What are The Benefits of Participating in ACT-SO
The ACT-SO program is an enrichment program. Over the course of each year students
work with local volunteer instructors and mentors to develop projects and participate in
enrichment opportunities, including workshops, tutorials and field trips specific to their
The local ACT-SO competitions and ceremonies showcase the results of the students’
hard work. Competition winners receive medals and prizes provided by the local and
regional sponsors and contributors. The local Gold Medalists advance to the national
competition and have the opportunity to receive scholarships and other rewards
provided by national sponsors.
ACT-SO is a community-based program that provides multiple opportunities for
involvement. Community members may participate as: Chairpersons, mentors,
sponsors, organizers, competitors, benefactors, educational partners, etc.. The program
receives support from schools, local businesses, community organizations, churches,
foundations, major corporations and individuals. For more detailed criteria and
information about how to get involved, please contact us.
Students can select up to 3 competitions from a total of 33 offerings. Please see the attached Competition Description Guide below. You may submit your Student Application by filling out the form and attaching it below.