The essence of the scholars is personal attention, top faculty, enlightening seminars, illuminating study-abroad experiences, numerous research opportunities, and career-building internships --- all designed to enhance students' educational experience and prepare them for graduate studies or a career. The central goal is academic enrichment. The ways to this goal are defined by the specific institutional context, the faculty teaching the program and the needs of the particular students. One of the great strengths is that it offers a nurturing, supportive environment in which students can develop and grow. WSSU recognizes that much of the students' education occurs beyond the walls of the classroom. Their ideas are shaped by their experiences. As such, students are encouraged to participate in traditional and non-traditional learning --- including an array of travel, social, academic, cultural and recreational activities.

Mission Statement

The Simon Green Atkins Scholar Society at Winston-Salem State University offers academically talented students a well-rounded education that combines academic studies with cultural enrichment and service to the community. The Society ensures that scholars have a relevant, challenging, rewarding experience. It promotes a lifelong, disciplined approach to knowledge and scholarship through inquiry and exploration. Through quality educational experiences, co-curricular activities, an intensive curriculum and a variety of professional development and leadership opportunities, students in the Society at WSSU receive the best education possible while preparing for graduate studies or a career.

The Simon Green Atkins Scholars Society is an interdisciplinary, institutional undergraduate program that includes both curricular and co-curricular components, as well as a variety of experiential learning initiatives. Events are tailored to the specific needs of highly motivated students while special society and activities are designed to ensure the success of the participants. Some of the unique features of the Society include the following:

  • Student Honors Organization (SHO)
  • "Building Bridges" Undergraduate Research Program
  • Volunteer Service Projects · Leadership Development Activities
  • Professional Development Activities
  • Social Enhancement Activities
  • Conferences