Toledo Excel

Since it began in 1988, TOLEDO EXCEL, a scholarship incentive program at The University of Toledo, has been striving to prepare underrepresented students for success in college.


Recruitment for Toledo Excel Group XXXV is now open.  Go to the Prospective Students tab to print an application and for more information.  Appliactions will also be available at all eligible schools.  The application deadline is Friday, March 17, 2023.  Please contact Dan McGuire at with any questions.  

Dr. Helen Cooks, Excel program founder
The Excel Story

Dr. Helen C. Cooks, creator and guiding light of TOLEDO EXCEL, saw a crack and decided promising children weren't going to slip through it anymore. Learn more

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Academic Year Programming

It was determined early in the planning process that a truly innovative curriculum would be an integral part of the TOLEDO EXCEL program. Learn more

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Annual Conference

Initiative for this event derived from the leadership of Helen C. Cooks at The University of Toledo, Edrene B. Cole of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc., and Toledo Public Schools. Learn more



Graduating class of students in Group XXVII

Since Group I completed high school in 1993, a ceremony has been held each year to recognize graduating seniors, and induct a new group of students into the TOLEDO EXCEL Program. Learn more

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2022-23 student updates

To ensure we have updated contact information, please complete the student update form. Learn more

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Prospective Students

Thank you for your interest in participating in Toledo Excel.  Applications are now available for the 2023-2024 academic year. The deadline for all completed applications is Friday, March 17, 2023. Learn more


Last Updated: 2/6/23