ARC Accepting Applications for Summer Study Programs in Entrepreneurship and STEM for Region’s Middle and High School Students

Applications Due March 1, 2021

WASHINGTON, D.C., January 21, 2021—Today, the Appalachian Regional Commission (ARC) began accepting applications for two summer opportunities: the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA) and the ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. Both programs are free intensive learning experiences specifically for the Region’s high school and/or middle school students. 

The Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy (AEA), developed in partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, prepares the next generation of regional entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers. Chosen via a competitive application process, rising high school seniors from across Appalachia are selected to participate in an intensive learning curriculum designed to cultivate creativity, sharpen business acumen, and develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success. As part of matriculation, AEA participants receive tech support, materials, a stipend and other resources to participate in all aspects of the program. At completion, participants will receive a formal Certificate of Completion. AEA will be held in two phases – one virtually from June 14-25, 2021 and the second in person in Pittsburgh, PA from July 12-30, 2021. Changes to this schedule may be made due to COVID restrictions. More information and application materials are available at 

 The ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program is a hands-on learning experience for Appalachia’s middle and high school students, as well as high school teachers in STEM-related fields. Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, this program is a gateway to science, technology, engineering and math (STEM) in the Appalachian Region. Working with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, high school and middle school students conduct guided group science, math, and computer science technology research projects, while high school teachers work with science practitioners to develop STEM-related curriculum. Many students gain their first exposure to applied science and STEM education through this experience. This program will be held virtually from June 19-July 2, 2021 for high school students and teachers and June 26-July 2, 2021 for middle school students. If COVID restrictions allow, the program will be held in person in Oak Ridge, Tennessee. More information and application materials are available at 

Applications for both opportunities are due March 1, 2021. 
“Today’s students are tomorrow’s leaders, and the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy and ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Academy are opportunities for young Appalachians to gain the skills and experience modern leadership requires,” said ARC Federal Co-Chairman Tim Thomas. “I encourage students and educators interested in applying their STEM skills or students who see themselves running a business one day to apply for these programs.”

About the Appalachian Regional Commission 

The Appalachian Regional Commission ( is an economic development agency of the federal government and 13 state governments focusing on 420 counties across the Appalachian Region. ARC’s mission is to innovate, partner, and invest to build community capacity and strengthen economic growth in Appalachia to help the Region achieve socioeconomic parity with the nation.