To be eligible for the program, students must be one of the following:
Enrolled in a high school within Appalachian Kentucky as a freshman or sophomore beginning in August 2022
A current 12th grade student at a high school within Appalachia Kentucky accepted as an incoming freshman for the fall 2021 semester at the University of Kentucky.
A current University of Kentucky freshman, sophomore or junior.
View our map to see which counties are eligible for prospective ACTION Program students.
Please find application forms and details for application windows below.
- Undergraduate applications are available now and are due April 3, 2021. Interviews for those applicants will take place in April and candidates will be notified of admission decisions by May 1.
- High school applications will be available in July 2022.
Application Forms and Recommendations
Please take note of the key ACTION Program dates for high school participants below.
ACTION Program Academic Year Sessions 2020-2021
Monthly Saturday Sessions
- October 3
- November 21
- December 5
- January 16
- February 20
- March 13
- April 24
* Unless special times are announced, monthly sessions will begin at 10am and end by 4pm.
Summer Residential Program Dates
- May 29 (Move-In Day)
- July 2 (Move Out Day/Closing Ceremony)
Participants that complete the ACTION Program will be awarded an ACTION Program Completion Badge. This digital badge signifies the totality of participants’ work in the program and their preparedness to address the cancer disparities in Appalachian Kentucky by pursuing cancer-related careers and conducting impactful community outreach to enhance cancer awareness across the region.
Upon completion of the program, Chris Prichard will email participants a final survey to complete followed by downloads of the digital badge for personal and professional use.
Nathan L. Vanderford, PhD, MBA
University of Kentucky
Ben F. Roach Building
800 Rose Street, CC140
Lexington KY 40536-0096