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What is ACT-SO?


ACT-SO is an acronym for Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics. Its mission is to recognize, prepare, and reward African-American youth who exemplify scholastic and artistic excellence.

ACT-SO is designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.


ACT-SO includes 32 competitions in STEM, humanities, business, and performing, visual and culinary arts. Almost 350,000 young people have participated from the program since its inception.


ACT-SO is a yearlong enrichment program for high school students of African descent which culminates in a competition through which youth demonstrate prowess in science, humanities, performing and visual arts, and entrepreneurship.

Who Can Participate in ACT-SO?



Students interested in participating in NAACP ACT-SO must meet the following eligibility requirements:

•Must be a citizen of the United States or hold a permanent resident visa card.
•Must be enrolled in grades 9-12 at the time of application.
•Must be an amateur (having not received wages for professional services) in the categories of competition.
•Must compete in a local ACT-SO competition in order to qualify for the national competition.

For more information about how to get involved,  
please contact Carter Spruill: