What we expect from you...

By becoming a member of the Willie B Adkins Scholars Program you have committed to meeting the expectations and following the rules of the project. While we hope your experience in the project is an enjoyable one, full benefit will not be derived unless you are committed, active, cooperative and serious about your education. Certificates will be issued for students that meet the expectations listed below. If you do not feel you can meet these expectations, you do not belong in this program! You will accumulate points throughout the year for meeting these expectations. Points will be used to determine who qualifies to go on the out of state tour and for scholarships and awards. 

General Dress Code
  • Standard dress for Monday sessions will include a collard shirt white or black, khaki pants (black, navy blue, tan) solid color shoes. If you attended the college tour, you may wear the polo shirt issued by the program. 
  • Shirts, blouses, and dresses must have both sleeves and appropriate necklines.
  • Hats, caps and other headgear (with the exception for religious observance) are not to be worn indoors.
  • Skirts and dresses must be of appropriate length, no shorter than 2-3 inches above the knee.
  • Shoes must be safe and provide support. No thongs, flimsy sandals or house shoes.
  • "Sagging" will not be tolerated.
  • Clothing must be modest; no tank tops, bare midriffs, off-the-shoulder or see through.
  • Clothing must be without messages that support drug use, alcohol, or denigrate others.

Example of Monday Night Uniform

Dress for Success

Dressing for success has always been and will continue to be part of the Adkins Scholars Program creed.  The "Dress for Success" rule is intended to help you understand that there are societal norms that dictate our conduct and appearance, so we ask that you practice meeting a norm as an Adkins Scholar.  All of the project special activities will require that you "Dress for Success".  Dressing for success means wearing dresses, skirts, blouses, dress slacks/pants, shirts with collars, socks and shoes other than tennis shoes.  Coats and ties are recommended for the men.  NO JEANS OR TENNIS SHOES!! NO SAGGING!!


Example of "Dress for Success" 

A good attitude by all Adkins Scholars is critical to the success of the project and to your individual success.  You are expected to be receptive to the instruction and recognize how important your education is to you and to your future.  You must want to do well academically and doing well must be important enough to you that you are willing to give consistent effort and make sacrifices if necessary.  All required forms and documents are expected to be submitted by established deadlines.
Attendance and Participation
The expectation is that you will attend at least 80% of all Monday sessions, support and participate in any other Adkins Scholar sponsored activities including fund raisers, tours and special events.  Students must be in uniform for meetings. The Adkins Scholars Program promotes a family atmosphere and approach.  We actively solicit parental involvement and encourage students ask their parents to get involved.  The program is most successful with the participation and support of parents and families.
Adkins Scholar students are expected to conduct themselves in a respectful manner both in and outside of project activities.  Remember that you not only represent yourself and your family, but you are also a representative of the Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program in school, at home and in the community.  During program sessions we expect you to be respectful of the instructors and your fellow Adkins Scholars, be attentive and willing to learn and to be on time.
All underclassmen are expected to take the PSAT.  Juniors and seniors are expected to take the SAT or ACT (or both) and provide the test scores to the Adkins Scholar staff.  The Adkins Scholars Program will reimburse students for the cost of taking these tests.  Understand that these tests are usually required for college entrance and that high scores on these tests can lead to scholarship opportunities for college.
Standard English
While participating in the Adkins Scholars Program, you will be expected to use standard English.  The way you communicate orally has a great impact on how you are perceived.  While in class at school or in situations when you are not conversing with friends, you need to make an effort to use standard English language.  Speaking in properly will help you to write it properly which will help you be successful.  The Adkins Scholars Program encourages students to speak during meetings and makes an effort to help you become a better public speaker.
Course Selection
Adkins Scholars are expected to take rigorous academic courses in high school, such as college prep and advance placement courses and we strongly encourage dual enrollment at the local community colleges in order that they are better prepared for college.  Challenge yourself and you might be surprised at how well you do.

All Adkins Scholars are expected to develop a personal portfolio that will grow as you grow.  Your portfolio should contain transcripts, college applications, financial aid forms, awards, community service verification, letters of recommendation, PSAT/SAT/ACT scores, a personal statement about your future, and any other information that would be helpful in getting you accepted to college.  Keep copies of all your applications and other college related information.  Most applications require the same information so in order to make filling out applications easier, keep a file of all your pertinent information.  Portfolios give a snapshot of who you are and can help open doors if they are well prepared.

How to create your porfolio: WBA Portfolio Presentation

Final portfolio checklist: 
WBA Portfolio Checklist 
Community Service
Adkins Scholars are required to do community service.  We want you to recognize that your community supports you and that you need to become a productive part of that community.  Without the community support, there would be no Adkins Scholars Program.  Doing community service is a way for you to say thank you for supporting me and could open doors for you later.  More and more, colleges look at community service as a necessary component for the type of student they want to admit.  You can do community service through your church, youth organizations and activities, hospitals, elementary schools, and elections to give some examples.  It’s a good idea to volunteer in an area that interests you so that you can gain some inside experience and knowledge about a particular profession or field of work.

Please download and print the Community Service Log to track your community service hours. Scholars should use a new Community Service Log for every organization you volunteer your time with. These logs are to be returned to the Adkins staff upon completion of your community service hours or upon request.
Willie B. Adkins Point System

Willie B. Adkins Scholars Program Proposed Point System

In order to hold students accountable, discussions have taken place concerning a point system that tracks 

key expectations of students in the project.  Points accumulated will be used to determine if students 

In order to hold students accountable, discussions have taken place concerning a point system that tracks key expectations of students in the project.  Points accumulated will be used to determine if students qualify to go on the Out of State College Tour, and receive project scholarships/awards.


All paperwork turned  (app., letters of rec., transcript, essay)

1 point for each (4 points total)



1 point for each session


Being in uniform (if students come out of uniform they will not receive attendance points)

1 point


Having their handbook

1 point for handbook


Having their portfolio

5 points for a complete portfolio 



2 points for each test taken


Academic improvement (we’ll need progress reports for this)

5 points for each letter grade improvement each 6 weeks


Study hall attendance if they have D and/or F grades

1 point for each session


Participation (particularly during special programs)

2 points for participation at each


Community service

1 point for each hour documented

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