A world of opportunities awaits 100 high school students at the 2019 Disney Dreamers Academy in Orlando, Fla., which is now taking applications.

The four-day mentoring program with Steve Harvey and Essence magazine takes place March 21-24, 2019, at the Walt Disney World Resort. Oct. 31 is the deadline for applications, which are open to students ages 13-19 from across the United States.

Selected participants and one parent or guardian will receive an all-expense-paid trip to Walt Disney World Resort, where they will engage in life-changing experiences and enjoy Disney's magical theme parks.  

The students will get information to help jump-start their life goals and pursue their dreams.

The decade-old Disney Dreamers Academy uses the magical setting of Walt Disney World as a vibrant classroom, helping students imagine bright futures, make exciting discoveries and learn how to put their goals into action.

In sessions and workshops with celebrities, community and industry leaders, and Disney cast members, students participate in hands-on, immersive career seminars that explore the fields of  animation, journalism, entertainment, business, culinary arts and zoology. They also get personal guidance from mentors to develop career skills like interviewing, networking and dressing for success that will give them an edge in the workplace.

The ideal candidate is optimistic about the future, has a love for learning and creativity, cares for others, can face obstacles with poise and maturity, possesses a passion that inspires others, and has a generous spirit.

Applicants must answer essay questions about their personal journeys and dreams for the future.

Disney started the Dreamers Academy a decade ago to honor the legacy of its founder, Walt Disney, who arrived in Hollywood in 1923 with a few dollars in his pocket and a dream of drawing cartoons. Though he faced rejection and disappointment, Disney believed in his talent and his dream, and his tiny animation studio has grown into the largest media company in the world, and his work has touched billions of people.

The company says the Dreamers Academy’s mission continues Walt Disney's abiding belief in the power of one’s dreams and their ability to make a positive difference in the world.

Students who don’t get picked the first year they apply are encouraged “to keep trying, keep applying, keep watching and keep following” on social media.

“Don’t let one disappointment – or anything – keep you from your destiny of success,”  the company says.

Disney Dreamers Academy graduates have gone on to become doctors, nurses, engineers, pilots, journalists and more. Some have started their own public relations firms, while others have worked with national political leaders.

Visit www.DisneyDreamersAcademy.com for more information or to apply.