What is ACT-SO?
ACT-SO is designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.
ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 350,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.
ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program for high school students of African descent which culminates in a competition through which youth demonstrate prowess in science, humanities, performing and visual arts, and entrepreneurship.
Who Can Participate in ACT-SO?
Students of African descent who are enrolled in grades 9 through 12 and who are U.S. citizens or legal residents are able to participate.
Participants must be amateurs in their categories of competition, that is, a student who is or has been paid professionally is allowed to compete only in categories outside of his or her professional experience.