An incredible summer opportunity awaits current high school juniors on the campus of Appalachian State University. The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) has a solid, 13-year history of inspiring students through exploration of the business world, and we are now accepting applications for our 14th cohort. 

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. To get more information about applying to ASU, please visit

Once applications are received, they are screened and reviewed. Telephone interviews may be conducted to identify finalists, who will then complete a personal interview.


Applying to the Martha Guy Summer Institute involves submitting an online application. 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 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

Application Deadline - Monday, February 26, 2018


Interview Dates: (March/April 2017) *


Asheville - TBD

Boone - TBD

Charlotte - TBD

Greenville - TBD

Triad  - TBD

Triangle  - TBD

Wilmington - TBD

Out of state  - TBD, applicants have the option of interviewing via video conference if they are too far away from a NC interview location.


Tuition and Scholarships

2017 Tuition for the entire three-week program, travel included, is $1,800 plus a $350 meal plan. Contributions from the Martha Guy Endowment fund cover a significant portion of the actual program costs.  Tuition for the 2018 program will be updated in Fall 2017.

Tuition, meal plan and endowment funds provide housing, instruction, and travel expenses (lodging, transportation, most meals and admission fees to sites and events).  Participants will be responsible for spending money for souvenirs and extra activities of their choice.  

This year, for the 2017 program, the Martha Guy Summer Institute is pleased to announce a partnership with the HRCG Foundation of Gaston County.  The HRCG Foundation has generously agreed to provide a $1500 tuition scholarship and $350 meal scholarship for up to two participants who currently attend a Gaston County high school and have a financial need.  If you are a Gaston county high school junior interested in pursuing a college degree in some area of business, we encourage you to learn more about the HRCG Foundation and to apply to the Martha Guy Summer Institute.  At the time of your application, if there is financial need, please fill out the MGSI scholarship application and note that you are a Gaston County student.  This will make you eligible for the HRCG scholarship for the 2017 MGSI program.  If you have any questions, please feel free to email .

Scholarship Application