CIAA EDUCATION DAY 2019 (Program Overview)

The CIAA (Central Intercollegiate Athletic Association) has hosted its annual basketball tournament in Charlotte since 2008.  The tournament routinely draws 150,000 visitors for events.  During the tournament, CIAA member colleges and universities conduct ancillary events, one of which is the CIAA Education Day.  The Education Day provides high school students the opportunity to learn more about one of the nation's oldest historically black collegiate conferences.  All 12 member schools are predominantly and historically black. Eight of these member schools are located in North Carolina, Two are based in Virginia, and Maryland and Pennsylvania each have one. 

A field trip has been approved to attend the CIAA High School Day at that Charlotte Convention Center on Wednesday, February 27th from 10:00 AM – 1:45 PM.

Purpose: Students will have the opportunity to learn more about the importance of furthering their education and to explore and discover the exciting programs and experiences CIAA colleges and universities have to offer. Students will be able to explore a college fair with CIAA institutions and other vendors.


Students should meet the following eligibility requirements to be considered for the field trip: 

  • Must be a high school junior or senior 

  • Must have an interest in learning more about historically black colleges & universities; specifically those member schools of CIAA (Click here to learn more about the 12 member institutions

  • Hold a minimum unweighted 2.0 GPA

  • Must have no disciplinary infractions for the 2018-2019 academic year

  • Good attendance (No attendance concerns)

  • Receive Teacher Approval to attend the field trip

  • Be one of the first 40 qualified students to submit the online application, field trip permission form, and teacher approval form 

Program Costs

  • Transportation costs will be covered by Charlotte Mecklenburg Schools

  • Students will be responsible for the cost of their lunch during the event.  It is recommended that students bring $10.00 for lunch. There will be vendors selling food at the event. Click here for a menu of items.



Application Deadline:  Friday, February 15, 2019 

Step 1: Review Field Trip Program Overview & Eligibility & Costs section of this webpage. 

Step 2: Complete the Online Application

Step 3: Submit field trip Permission Forms (Teacher & Parent) to Mr. Webb in Student Services. Applications must be submitted by Friday, February 15, 2019 at 2:00 p.m.

Accepted Students will be notified via e-mail and Remind by Wednesday, February 20, 2019.