Application Requirements

Qualifying students must be high school juniors or seniors of the male gender. Candidates must be of sound moral character, disciplined, and willing to endure and honor a program commitment from August to March. Applications and the application fee must be submitted along with two reference contacts using the below reference form. The application deadline is August 1, 2023.


Most workshops and activities occur on Sunday afternoons of every other week from 4 -7:30 p.m. Participants must attend all workshops and related activities of their Beaux Affair ‘Rites of Passage’ experience (workshops, retreats, community service, and special events). Community service and special events dates will be identified at the Beaux Affair orientation and in the Beau Candidate handbook once it has been distributed.

Scholarship Opportunities

The Beaux Affair Program encourages the attendance of post-secondary education and vocational institutions and provides scholarship opportunities for young men who successfully complete the ‘Rites of Passage.’  Since 1990 more than one million dollars have been awarded in scholarships and other awards of recognition.

Application & Registration Fee

A program registration fee is determined annually. In addition, participants are required to solicit ads, sponsorships, and patrons for a souvenir journal. The participant, churches, businesses, or a combination of sources may pay the registration fee.  The registration fee for this year is $100.

Fundraising & Entrepreneurship

All Beaux Affair participants are required to generate ads, patrons, sponsorships, and/or fundraising activities for the Beaux Affair year. The ads and patrons will be published in The Beaux Affair Souvenir Journal, a keepsake that serves as a picturesque and memorable experience of participating in the Beaux Affair Rites of Passage Program. The selling of ads and patrons for the Souvenir Journal starts in August and ends in February. The fundraising requirement, goals, strategies, and opportunities will be identified at orientation in August.

Funds generated from selling ads, sponsorships, and patrons will be for beau scholarships, the cost associated with the program and the ball, the publication cost of the Souvenir Journal, and other leadership & recognition awards. According to funds raised, the Beau class may participate in an out-of-town/state cultural trip during spring break. All funds generated and/or donated for the Charleston Youth Leadership, Inc. Beaux Affair ‘Rites of Passage’ program are non-refundable.