Established in 2002, with the purpose to increase the number of historically under-represented students in Columbia Public Schools' most rigorous course work, honors and advanced placement courses. This program is supported by our Partner in Education, Shelter Insurance Companies.
MAC Scholars offers a variety of initiatives and programs such as:
- Historically Black College and University Tour (HBCU): MAC Scholar students who are college-bound may apply to attend the HBCU tours. The tour provides students the opportunity to visit multiple historically black college campuses and learn about their culture and legacy, while giving a glimpse of the college experience.
- Men of Color, Honor and Ambition (M.O.C.H.A) and Women of Color, Honor and Ambition (W.O.C.H.A.): Columbia Public Schools, in partnership with the University of Missouri Division of Inclusion, Diversity and Equity, offers this one-year initiative to male (M.O.C.H.A.) and female (W.O.C.H.A) high school students entering the tenth grade.
- STEP IT UP (Student Training and Education in IT): Columbia Public Schools, in partnership with the University of Missouri School of Medicine, offers this education and training opportunity designed to provide high school students with on-the-job IT training and education in a real-world setting.
- MAC Scholars Student Conference: This exciting conference includes keynote and guest speakers, as well as the Brother to Brother and Sister to Sister conversations.
- MAC Programs for K-5: