The CHAMPS program accepts 30 rising 7th-grade students annually. Students follow a stringent application process that begins at their school and channels to the CHAMPS office for final selection by the Student Selection Committee. Once selected for the CHAMPS program, the rising 7th-grade students and parents sign on to a 6-year commitment. Through CHAMPS, students are given opportunities to serve the community in addition to academic, social, and spiritual engagements.
Carefully selected mainly from the Presbyterian college student body, CHAMPS mentors serve as a role model for the CHAMPS students and assist them in the development of self-esteem, self-discipline, teamwork, and principled living. The mentors play a vital role in the CHAMPS program.
Parents play an active role in the CHAMPS program through the Parents Council and Fathers Council. The councils assist the CHAMPS office in planning and implementing monthly programs and other events that promote the mission of the program.
CHAMPS teachers are selected from Laurens County School Districts 55 and 56 to teach hands-on classes during the summer program. Presbyterian College professors and their students donate their time and expertise to design and offer an academic workshop for CHAMPS students as a part of the monthly academic programs. The college professors are from the science departments, English, ROTC, Art, Music, Athletics, Psychology, and Education.