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2005.06.06 > For Immediate Release
contact: Beverly Newsam - University Affairs
phone: 402.554.2358 - email: bnewsam@mail.unomaha.edu

Local High School Students Experience Taste of College Through UNO Summer Scholars Program

Omaha - This summer, 24 high school juniors from the Omaha metropolitan area will be participating in the Summer Scholars Program at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).  The five-week session, which begins today, June 6, and runs through Friday, July 8, is an opportunity for students to earn college credits while being exposed to a real-life university environment.

Summer Scholars debuted in 1989 as a way of uniting students of various backgrounds and encouraging them to pursue higher education.  Students are required to have a minimum 3.0 cumulative grade point average to take part.  A scholarship covers the four credit hours of college tuition for specified program courses, in addition to all student fees, books and a parking permit.

Mikayla Bruner, a 2003 Summer Scholar participant, said that she has gained much from the program.  "It was a very positive experience," she said.  "Not many students get this opportunity.  It was neat to stay on campus, and I benefited by getting to interact with real professors because it gave me a good feel for college life."

Bruner is currently a sophomore at UNO who is majoring in secondary education.  She said she would like to stay in the metropolitan area upon completing her degree.  As a Summer Scholar, she enrolled in the courses "English 1154" and "University Seminar."

Some of this year's class offerings include "Autobiographical Reading and Writing," "American History Since 1865," "Public Speaking Fundamentals" and "College 101."  Study groups will also meet to help prepare students for their classes. 

Other topics expanded upon during the program include time management, ACT/SAT preparation, career exploration, and community service and engagement.  Students will also have a chance to experience college life through a one-week residential component.

The program will feature a recognition banquet July 7.

The 2005 Summer Scholars Program will include students from nine local high schools:  Omaha Benson, Bryan, Burke, Central, North, Northwest and South, as well as Millard North and Papillion/La Vista High Schools.

High school juniors interested in participating in the 2006 Summer Scholars Program should contact their high school counselor or the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 554-2248.

For more information, call (402) 554-2358.

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