14th Annual Tribute

Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Iowa Who We Are 14th Annual Tribute Invite

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 March 25, 2020

(if you want to be printed in the program)

Academy for Scholastic and Personal Success Iowa Who We Are 2020 Sponsorship Levels

Silent Auction

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

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

Deadline to Donate to Auction is April 29, 2020


Click here to see pictures from the 13th Tribute.



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 the 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.