The Emerging Lakehawks program is designed to prepare students for college enrollment and success at Lake-Sumter State College. The program provides free and ongoing academic, career exploration, and cultural opportunities, as well as college admission and enrollment guidance.

Who Should Apply

We are recruiting students who display the following characteristics:

  • A desire to enroll at Lake-Sumter State College in the summer or fall semester after high school graduation
  • Maintains good grades
  • Is hardworking
  • Is serious about going to college

Now Accepting Applications for 2022-23 School Year

Support Services Included in Emerging Lakehawks Program

  • Supplemental instruction in Math
  • Dual Enrollment/ACT/SAT/PERT guidance and assistance
  • Campus Tours of Lake-Sumter State College
  • Career Exploration and Simulated College-Level Classroom Lectures
  • Cultural and Educational Activities
  • Financial Aid Guidance & Educational Opportunity Programs Scholarship Opportunity
  • Summer Bridge Program at Lake-Sumter State College and Early Class Registration (fall/spring)

Eligibility Criteria

  • Junior or senior enrolled at a high school in Lake or Sumter County school districts
  • Ambitious about attending Lake-Sumter State College in the summer or fall semester after high school graduation
  • First Generation student

Participation Requirements

  • Academic School Year – Attend one Wednesday and Saturday session a month to receive additional college preparedness guidance and academic support in Math.
  • Summer Bridge – An opportunity for all graduating seniors to enroll in a free college credit course during summer term B. The summer bridge opportunity is intended to promote long-term success at Lake-Sumter State College. Students are encouraged to enroll in the same course of interest, form study groups, and participate in extracurricular activities together.

Additional Program Benefits

  • Transportation to LSSC, meals, supplies, etc. will be provided FREE of charge (you will never have to pay for anything!)
  • Students who maintain favorable participation throughout the year will earn the opportunity to participate in educational and cultural field trips.


Contact Dr. Felicia D. Shelton at (352) 435-6323 if you have additional questions.