As a student with a disability, considering college comes with a mix of excitement and uncertainty. RCPD invites you to join us for a unique on-campus, pre-college experience. Project Venture offers the chance to “try on” university life through an interactive experience here at MSU. RCPD hosts the Project Venture program thanks to the generous contributions of the Wochholz Endowment, which encourages students with disabilities to pursue higher education at an inclusive university such as MSU.

At Project Venture you will:

  • Talk directly with current MSU students with disabilities who have “been there” and understand the journey
  • Consult with university disability specialists to gain skills for college
  • Experience the latest assistive technology through breakout sessions
  • Attend a college class, stay overnight, and connect with other high school students with disabilities 
  • Become aware of self-advocacy skills and resources for a successful transition to higher education

Please take note that the program fills quickly. The application system will close after 50 applications have been submitted. 20 participants will be accepted based on the quality of the submissions.

Who can apply?

College-bound high school students between the ages of 16-18 who have a disability. We accept students with a range of disabilities: Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blindness/Visual impairment, Brain Injury, Chronic Health, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit, Mobility Disability, and Psychiatric Disabilities.

When is Project Venture?

June 23-26, 2019. The program is filled for the 2019 session. Check back for 2020 information! 

Where do I stay? What do I eat?

Participants will stay overnight in an accessible residence hall with a fellow student in the program. Participants will also have the assistance and supervision of an RA for the entire duration of the program. All meals (Monday breakfast through Wednesday lunch) are included in the cost of the program. If you have food-related concerns, we will work with you along with our dining staff to meet your needs.

What do I do if I need accommodations?

Through the application and registration process, students will be able to fully explain accommodations necessary for full participation in the program. We are committed to providing a meaningful experience and will work actively to accommodate your needs.

Who do I contact with questions?

If you have any questions prior to or during the program please email the Project Venture Team or call the RCPD front office. Project Venture staff will be on hand through the duration of the program, and will provide daytime and overnight supervision at all times.

Apply to Project Venture

Please take note of the following before completing the application:

  1. This application must be completed by the student applicant.
  2. Participants will be selected based on the quality and thoroughness of their responses.
  3. Once you submit your application, you will receive a confirmation email at the student address you listed in your application.
  4. We may contact the student or parent/guardian with questions in the review process.
  5. We typically accept 3-5 students from varied disability types (Autism Spectrum Disorders, Blindness/Visual Impairment, Brain Injury, Chronic Health Disabilities, Deaf/Hard of Hearing, Learning Disabilities and Attention Deficit, Mobility/Motoric Disabilities, and Psychiatric Disabilities); accepting 20 students total for the program.

The link to the 2020 Project Venture application will be updated here when it is available. 

Project Venture news and stories

College-Bound Students Discover Confidence at Project Venture Program
"When seventeen students and their families arrived at Armstrong hall on a Sunday afternoon in June, the air was full of excitement and a little uncertainty. After all, some of them had never been away from home before. Arms loaded with backpacks and pillows, the students checked in, said goodbye to their guardians, and then greeted each other with shy hellos. Just three days later, they would be saying goodbye with big hugs and laughter, exchanging phone numbers, having forged friendships through their shared experience that they would keep for years to come."

Fasting 5K and Project Venture: Paving the Pathway to College for Students with Disabilities
"If you’ve ever watched or participated in a 5K, you know how much hard work goes into crossing the finish line. Now imagine running that same race but without food or water all day. On May 18th, 113 runners in Canton, Michigan did just that at the Fasting 5K – to raise money for students with disabilities."