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UK to Offer Free Summer Accounting and Finance Program for High Schoolers

photo of students from FASTrack program listening to Valvoline speaker
photo of FASTrack group

LEXINGTON, Ky. (May 31, 2019) This summer, a select group of high school students will have the chance to explore the world of finance and accounting. From July 21-25, 2019, the University of Kentucky Gatton College of Business and Economics will offer a Finance and Accounting Success Track program (FASTrack), geared toward high school juniors. The free program includes a four-day campus residency, along with many opportunities to step into the shoes of finance and accounting professionals.

Developed and coordinated by Gatton accounting lecturer Olivia N. Davis, one of the major program goals is to increase the number of underrepresented groups in the accounting and finance professions. “Students will have the unique opportunity to live on a real college campus and meet people who share their interests,” Davis said. “They’ll visit local business and hear from professionals in these fields.”

In addition to site visits, students will participate in professional roundtables and networking events with professors, business professionals, college students and fellow high school students. Other activities include team building exercises, campus tours and college resource sessions, including admissions and financial aid information. The program will conclude with a recognition banquet for students, parents, speakers and corporate partners.

“High school is a perfect time to learn about yourself, discover your passion, explore valuable options and learn how to prepare for a meaningful career,” said Gatton finance senior lecturer Wendy Liu, who is a co-organizer of the program. 

Interested students can fill out an application at The application deadline is June 7, 2019. FASTrack is open to high school students at any level, and underrepresented minority students are especially encouraged to apply.

For more information, or to make a gift in support of FASTrack, contact Olivia N. Davis at 859-323-7517 or

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