Saluki Opportunities in Accounting Residency (SOAR)
What is SIU SOAR?
The Saluki Opportunities in Accounting Residency Program at Southern Illinois University in Carbondale (SIU SOAR) is an innovative career development program designed specifically for minority students who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in high school. Its primary objective is to increase the number of high school students from under-represented ethnic groups to attend college and major in Accounting.
The SIU SOAR Program is a week-long summer camp that introduces minority high school students to become prepared and informed about the expectations of college life and opportunities in Accounting, Finance, and Business-Related fields, while providing the foundation of financial literacy and the development of interpersonal skills. In addition, the program serves as a motivational tool to inspire students to increase their fundamental competence in the skill sets related to employment in those fields, even while in high school.
SOAR is a summer residency program giving students the opportunity to reside in a college setting for seven (7) days and six (6) nights, and attend classes in Accounting, as well as, college preparation. Classroom topics are enhanced through team building activities, professional office tours, field trips, in addition to, other activities. Prominent business leaders share their knowledge, provide tips for success, and discuss educational opportunities. Students experience Accounting first-hand through tours of local Public Accounting firms and companies in the private sector. The program concludes with a recognition luncheon for students, parents, speakers, and corporate partners. At the end of the week, students should have developed a clear understanding of the career opportunities in the Accounting profession, while developing a personalized, actionable college and career plan.
Each student is assigned a counselor during the program. The counselor-to-student ration is 1:5 in order to provide students with the best possible supervision. SOAR alumni will leave with a life altering experience giving them greater self-esteem and a sense of responsibility for others. SOAR alumni are then challenged to continue their career preparation and leadership skills by serving as Ambassadors for future SOAR programs. Ambassadors serve as volunteers and guides for first-year SOAR participants.
Nationally, SOAR has served as a turning point in the academic lives of thousands of high school students, motivating them to pursue a higher education while influencing them to major in Accounting, Finance, and other Business concentrations. SIU SOAR offers a unique pipeline from high school to college that allows students to become prepared and informed about the expectations of college life. The program is fully supervised and all-expenses-paid. Students selected to participate in SOAR will receive free camp tuition, room and board, books, material, tools, and mentoring opportunities. The program will accommodate up to forty (40) students who, at the time of submission, are freshmen, sophomores, juniors, or seniors in high school and have an interest in Accounting, Finance, or Business. Travel assistance may be available upon request. Please contact Marc Morris at
How Can I Participate?
Applicants for the Summer 2021 SIU SOAR Program will be accepted until Friday, June 18, 2021. Applicants will be notified no later than July 1, 2021.
Program Dates: Sunday, July 11 - Saturday, July 17, 2021
Please submit the following application materials:
- Completed Application (Apply Online or download the Application Form)
- One (1) Personal Statement Essay (150- 500 words max)
- List of High School Awards, Honors, and Extracurricular Activities
- Complete the student/parent or guardian consent form
- Two (2) Recommendation Forms OR Letters of Recommendation (one from a teacher and one from a guidance counselor, coach, club/group advisor, employer etc.) Download a template to give to your references
- Current copy of unofficial Academic Transcript (showing cumulative GPA) Download the permission form to obtain unofficial transcript
- $20 Application Deposit (Pay Online)
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