An impact
you can see...

36 years and counting...

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COW is a 4-week challenging summer educational enrichment program at the Virginia Military Institute (VMI), which prepares male minority high school rising sophomores, juniors, and seniors to achieve success during the remainder of their high school careers and beyond. This is done by cultivating confidence, greater self-esteem, a stronger work ethic, and a commitment to achieving success in spite of the many challenges facing them. Students are also encouraged to seek higher education at the college of their choice, and the program helps prepare them for the varied demands of the college experience. Being integrated into the college environment and associating with college professors and students exposes these young men to a world of new possibilities.

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COW through the years...

1985

We were founded in 1985 and initiated in 1987 by Gene Williams (VMI 1974), Tom Wright (VMI 1954), Clark King, Hart Slater, and other notable supporters in the VMMI family.

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How do COW participants succeed?

What a COW participant receives during our program

ACADEMIC
DEVLOPMENT

Math, Communications, Financial Literacy, and Career Exploration classes are taught by experienced faculty and professionals.

LIFE SKILLS
TRAINING

An integral part of the program is learning invaluable life skills like time management, goal setting, & networking.

COLLEGE & CAREER PLANNING

All participants receive one on one and group coaching, which continues after participants graduate.

CULTURAL
ENRICHMENT

Participants are exposed to visits to other universities, museums, and artistic presentations to expand their horizons.

TESTIMONIALS

"From participating in COW, I have learned how to be a better leader and the importance of teamwork."

Kevin J.

COW '19 Grad

"Before I came to COW, I had a different mindset (negative) than I do now (positive)."

Christian B.

COW '19 Grad

"I have grown in many ways because of COW. I have grown physically, mentally, and has strengthened my sense of character."

Isir C.

COW '19 Grad