Center of Excellence for the National Achievers Society
FIU serves as the South Florida Center of Excellence, one of ten centers established by the Florida Education Fund to identify and motivate historically disadvantaged minority elementary and secondary students and ultimately increase the pool of these students motivated and qualified to enter college. The National Achievers Society is designed to introduce minority students to the academic, cultural, and social contributions of African American and other minorities. The program enriches 4th through 12th grade students by encouraging them to become more involved in the community, preparing them to function in a global society more culturally aware and developing an alternative to athletic rewards. The program offers academic and social seminars and workshops, educational and career advisement, field trips, community service opportunities, tutoring, mentoring, college advising, networking and college tours. The Center also sponsors the regional competition of the Black History and Culture Brain Bowl.