14th Annual Tribute

The Academy SPS 14th Annual Tribute Invitation

Buy Your Ticket        |          Become a Sponsor          |        Donate to Silent Auction



We are currently looking for sponsors. If you are interested click here for sponsorship forms & information.

Click here to complete your payment and form electronically. 

Deadline to Sponsor is September 16, 2020

(if you want to be printed in the program)

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Silent Auction

There will be a silent auction featuring world-class wines, electronics, and various other items.
All funds are used to enhance and expand The Academy SPS programs.

If you are interested in donating to our silent auction this year complete our online form or send an email to theacademysps@gmail.com.

If you have already completed the online form click here for paperwork to submit with the auction item.

Deadline to Donate to Auction is October 9, 2020

Donate to The Academy SPS at any time

Mail donations to:
The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success
PO Box 2842
Cedar Rapids, IA 52406

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The Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success is the only program of its kind that operates academic and cultural programs for African American high school and elementary school students in the Cedar Rapids and corridor areas. Our mission is to encourage responsibility and fulfillment of students’ academic potential by helping them to understand how cultural connections facilitate personal success.

Founded in 1989, The Academy summer program has helped more than 1100 students prepare for college matriculation by providing culturally specific instruction in core curricular areas, along with invaluable and often transformative travel exposure. The program is academically rigorous and taught exclusively in a college or university setting by African American teachers with expertise in the culture and in their disciplines.

Our newer program, The Academy Expansion, began in 2006, and offers weekly lessons in the culture to African American third, fourth, and fifth graders, teaching them self-confidence, self-regard, and classroom skills necessary to establish and maintain academic success.

Once “the best kept secret in Eastern Iowa”, The Academy has had significant success in its over 25 year history, so much that we have begun to see generational impact — “legacy” students — in both programs. The next Academy goal will be to establish programming for students in the middle schools, thereby connecting all academic levels with rigor and support.


Click here to see pictures from the 13th Tribute.