3/18/2020 UPDATE: The Martha Guy Summer Institute, along with Appalachian State University, has been closely monitoring the spread of the COVID-19 virus. For the safety of our students, employees and community, Appalachian is shifting all classes to an online or alternate format and has restricted all travel.  

In response to the latest guidelines issued by our President to limit group interactions to less than 10 people for at least the next 15 days, and because the impact of the COVID-19 virus is now expected to impact our operations into the summer, the decision has been made to cancel the 2020 Martha Guy Summer Institute.


The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) has a solid, 16-year history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world, and we will be accepting applications for our 17th cohort beginning December 1, 2019. 

Admission to MGSI is limited to current high school juniors who have a sincere interest in business as a college major. Applicants should be competitive students among their high school class. They will need to provide evidence of high school academic achievement, demonstrate involvement in school and/or community activities, as well as leadership potential. The program tries to select participants who have the potential to be accepted for admission at Appalachian State University. To get more information about applying to ASU, please visit

Once applications are received, they are screened and reviewed. Applicants will be notified of next steps by April 15, 2020.


Applying to the Martha Guy Summer Institute involves:

  • Submitting an online application. The application also includes a video response portion in addition to written responses.
  • Upon completion of the application, you will need to secure two evaluation forms to also be completed online; one completed by an academic reference and another by a personal reference (no family members please).
  • The following items should be mailed or scanned and emailed together:
    • Your high school transcript, grades and GPA.
    • Signed releases and signatures page (PDF)
    • Test scores. If you have taken the PSAT, SAT or ACT, please ask your counselor to add the scores to your transcript. If your school does not provide test scores on transcripts, please forward a copy of your own test report. If you have not taken any of the tests, please indicate so on your application.

Mail these materials to:

Walker College of Business
Martha Guy Summer Institute
ASU Box 32037
Boone, NC 28608-2037

OR Email to:

Application Information


Applications for the 2020 program will be accepted, December 1, 2019 - March 15, 2020

Program Dates

July 19 - August 1, 2020

Tuition and Scholarships

Scholarship Application

Tuition for the entire two-week 2020 program is $1,000 plus a $350 meal plan (total = $1350). Contributions from the Martha Guy Endowment fund cover additional costs of the actual program.  Tuition, meal plan and endowment funds provide housing, instruction, meals and activities expenses.  Participants will be responsible for incidental spending money.