To provide high-achieving, first-generation students with the skills they need to successfully apply to and pay for a liberal arts and sciences education.

ATLAS (Achievement Through Liberal Arts and Sciences) is an online resource program that helps  high school students everywhere with all aspects of the college application process.  We provide online resources to help high school students supplement their education amidst COVID-19 with college-entrance exam preparation, essay writing, identification of funding sources and online video tutorials for general college preparation.


 Virtual college visits and meetings with college representatives once a semester help students focus on aspects of the college application process and develop individualized plans to enable students to be competitive college applicants.  Furthermore, our preparation helps our participants develop the skills they need to succeed in college once they are admitted. 


Marjon Ames Zimmerman, PhD ​   

Executive Director


As Executive Director of Achievement Through Liberal Arts & Sciences (ATLAS), Marjon brings more than 16 years of experience in higher education.  As an undergraduate, she studied history and philosophy at the University of Missouri, earned Masters of Arts in History from Sussex University in England and the University of Missouri - Kansas City,  and completed her PhD  in History from the University of Mississippi in 2009. 


 She has taught at a variety of colleges and universities and has worked with first-generation students of varying levels of preparedness for college-level work.​


Kailee Houston

Staff Intern

As an ATLAS  staff intern for Fall 2020, Kailee is working to redesign the ATLAS program to be adaptable to the era of COVID-19. Kailee is currently in her final semester of her Social Work Bachelor degree at Appstate. She plans to continue her education with a Masters' in Social Work degree with the concentration in community development and non-profit work.