The Girl Talk LIFE Prep Academy

The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy is an elite program of Girl Talk, Inc. in which rising sophomores, juniors and seniors can apply to participate in a 10-month experience that is both transformational and preparatory for their future. Applicants who apply will have to fulfill certain application requirements and attend an interview prior to being accepted into the program.

The program kicks off with a 3 day, 2 night retreat and will prepare 10th, 11th, and 12th grade girls for college, career, and life, through consecutive monthly sessions, each semester.

Juniors and Seniors who participate will also have the chance to apply for an 8 week paid Summer Internship to further prepare them for the workforce. This internship process will also be competitive in nature. Girls will complete a rigorous application and interview process to be potentially selected for limited internship spots.

Application Requirements

  • Completed Application
  • One (1) Letter of Recommendation (one personal – church/youth group leader, family friend, etc., OR one professional – teacher, administrator, work supervisor, etc.)
  • Proof of minimum 2.5 GPA (ex. school transcript, report card, etc.)
  • Personal Statement (1-2 page essay)
    • Topic: Briefly state your educational and career goals and explain how they align with the objectives of the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy.
  • $50 Enrollment Fee (due upon acceptance into program)

Application Deadline: May 31st, 2021

Apply Here!

A Year of Practice & Preparation for High School Sophomores

As High School Sophomores, program participants will spend this year focused on creating/developing strong organizational skills, Microsoft Office software training, practice writing supports, craft personal statements, complete ACT Test Prep and PreACT testing, and learn to access appropriate mental health supports.

A Year of Exploration & Direction for High School Juniors

During their year as High School Juniors, participants in the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy will focus on college and career exploration, learn about different options for postsecondary majors, create/refine their personal statements, continue with ACT Test Prep, practice their communication and presentation skills, complete the Kuder Career Assessment, and learn about available mental health resources.

A Year of Completing Intentional Next Steps for High School Seniors

High School Seniors will spend their last year as a part of the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy focused on completing their college/postsecondary education applications, researching and applying for scholarships, refining their networking skills, practicing burnout prevention, learning proper business and professional etiquette, drafting workable resumes, developing appropriate interview skills, participating in civic engagement opportunities, learning general life skills, all while continuing to access mental health supports.

Scholarship Opportunities

High School seniors enrolled in the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy are eligible to apply for select scholarship opportunities supported by program sponsors of Girl Talk, Inc. Please see below for more information about the application processes, deadlines, etc.

 The Grit Scholarship by Hard Knox Pizza

About the Scholarship:
College does not guarantee success just as a High School Diploma does not guarantee limitations. “Success is the sum of small efforts, repeated day in and day out.”- Robert Collier. 

The Hard Knox Scholars Program was established to provide young women with a support system designed to assist them through challenges many young women face while pursuing their life’s dream. Alexa Sponcia’s journey birthed a passion to ensure that every girl with a dream is afforded an opportunity to reach not only their full potential but also their success of tomorrow. That is why each year, one student will be chosen to receive a scholarship as well as non-monetary supports to help them navigate the difficulties of achieving a dream.

Award Amount: $2,000
*The amount awarded will be given directly to the student’s chosen institution.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Meet the expectations for participation in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Be a graduating Senior

Application Requirements:
Each applicant must complete an essay answering the following questions:
What is your why? How does your “why” relate to your life story? What do you plan to achieve in life?
*Essays should be a minimum of one page, with a maximum of 3 pages.

DEADLINE: APRIL 1ST, 2021

The ideal candidate possesses the following:

  1. Grit – A student with grit possesses passion and perseverance. They work hard through challenges both personally and professionally. If a goal is set, they work to achieve it.
  2. Potential – A student who recognizes a dream alone is not enough but has the capacity to develop that dream into something more. They seek out ways to achieve success (i.e. internships, career shadowing, networking).
  3. Ambition – A student who recognizes that achieving a goal takes planning and preparation. They do not wait for an opportunity to present itself and then begin preparing. They are ready for the opportunity when it comes.

Click here to apply.

The SouthEast Bank Education Award

About the Award:
“When girls are given the right tools to succeed, they can create incredible futures, not only for themselves but also for those around them.” -Meghan Markle

The SouthEast Bank Education Award was established to afford an outstanding participant of the Girl Talk Life Prep Academy the opportunity to pursue her postsecondary dreams and career goals. The mission of SouthEast Bank includes a strong commitment to promoting and supporting education. This scholarship award is a reflection of this promise to our local community. Based on the following eligibility requirements and completion of the application process, Girl Talk, Inc.’s leadership will select this year’s recipient.

Award Amount: $2,500
*The amount awarded will be given directly to the student’s chosen institution.

Eligibility Requirements:
In order to be considered for the scholarship, the student must:

  • Be enrolled in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Meet the expectations for participation in The Girl Talk Life Prep Academy
  • Be a graduating Senior
  • Provide proof of a 3.5 GPA or higher

Application Requirements:
Each applicant must complete an essay (minimum of 500 words) answering ONE the following questions:

  1. “Be the change you wish to see in the world.” -Ghandi
    What issues do you see within society? How will you use your voice to create change? What mark will you leave behind?
  2.  “It is very important to know who you are. To make decisions. To show who you are.” – Malala Yousafzai.
    Tell us three things that helped shape your core values. How will these core values guide your life decisions? How will these core values influence others.
  3. If you were afforded an opportunity to provide a message of hope and support to the African American Community, what would you say?

DEADLINE: APRIL 1ST, 2021

In order to be considered for this scholarship opportunity, please complete the application below.

The SouthEast Bank Education Award Application

  • Date Format: MM slash DD slash YYYY
  • Upload your completed essay here (minimum of 500 words).
    Drop files here or
  • Upload proof of your current cumulative GPA.
    Drop files here or
“Before Girl Talk I didn’t think that God could love me.  But on the Retreat He reassured me that everything that happened to me happened for a reason, and one day I will find out why.  Now I know that God loves me even with everything that I have been through.”

Corey, Girl Talk Graduate