The ASCEND Program for High School Students is Now Accepting Applications

The ASCEND Program is sponsored by the AKArama Foundation Inc. of Alpha Kappa Alpha Inc. Theta Omega Chapter. ASCEND, an enrichment program for male and female high school students, is focused on Achievement, Self-Awareness, Communication, Engagement, Networking, and Development. The program has a special emphasis
on science, math and related technologies. Students selected to participate will have a unique opportunity to
receive academic enrichment and life skills training.

Being an ASCEND participant requires time, hard work, and dedication, but will reap great rewards. Before
applying, please consider the following minimum requirements.
A prospective participant must:
 classify as a current high school student (grades 9-12) as of Fall 2015
 adhere to the established Code of Conduct
 attend monthly workshops and other activities as scheduled

If able to meet these minimum requirements, applicants are asked to do the following:
1. Complete the 2015 ASCEND Application Packet – including most recent grade report, letter of
recommendation, personal statement, and signed parental consent form.
2. Mail application packet to the address below.
Send all application materials to:
AKArama Foundation, Inc.
6220 S. Ingleside
Chicago, IL 60637
Attn: ASCEND Committee
If you or your parents have any questions, please contact the ASCEND Chairman:
Elaine Singh at 708-306-5215

To download the application click here.


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Elizabeth Dozier is the principal of Fenger High School. In 2009, she was charged with transforming one of Chicago’s most challenging schools and was recently featured on CNN’s Chicagoland series for her success. Over the past 4 years, Demoiselle 2 Femme, NFP has worked with Principal Dozier to provide programs and services to assist with some of the issues surrounding Fenger High School. 

Dozier Quote for Website- Program Page

Demoiselle 2 Femme currently runs its G-WAVE program at Fenger H.S. G-WAVE is an HIV/AIDS and violence prevention program which equips girls to share the power of their voice within their school and community. To make a charitable donation to support our efforts, click here.

Watch a clip of CNN’s Chicagoland “The Toughest Principal In America?” to get a snapshot of why it is important to support our educators and students.