2009.06.30 > For Immediate Release
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Thirty-Three Students Taking Part in Summer Scholars Program
Omaha - While one would be hard pressed to find a high school student going to college over the summer, 33 high school seniors from around the Omaha metropolitan area are doing just that at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).
The 33 students have converged on UNO to partake in the 2009 Summer Scholars program. The five-week program, which began on June 8, provides students with a taste of college life while educating them on what it will take to achieve their goals. Each student was awarded a scholarship for the program that covers the cost of three credit hours of college tuition plus student fees, books and a parking permit. Additionally, it pays for a one-week residential experience at Scott Residence Hall near the University of Nebraska Peter Kiewit Institute. Students will also engage in bonding activities with each other including study groups, team-building activities and trips to the high ropes course at Camp Carol Joy Holling in Ashland, Neb.
The program was established in 1989 as a way to unite high school students from various backgrounds and encourage them to pursue higher education.
The 2009 participants represent Bellevue East, Brownell-Talbot, Bryan, Burke, Central, Daniel J. Gross Catholic, Millard West, North, Northwest, Papillion-LaVista, South, and Westside high schools. The 33 students have a cumulative grade point average of 3.59, said Maria Garza, Summer Scholar program coordinator and education specialist for the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs.
During the five weeks, the students will enroll in college courses, which could include history, English, Native American studies, philosophy or speech. In conjunction with the course content, the Summer Scholars learn about managing college academic course work, time management, the college admissions process, preparation for the ACT and SAT, and college scholarships and the financial aid process.
Assigned groups of two students will also participate in a service learning project to mentor a younger student, in grades five through eight. The group of three will then create a dream collage of the young student's dream jobs, explore those career options, write an essay on one career possibility, and write an action plan describing just how the student will work toward his or her dreams. All Summer Scholars will also participate in a community service activity of their choosing.
Throughout the five week program, students will update their individual pages on the Summer Scholars blog, which can be found at http://summerscholars09.blogspot.com
"This year's group is outstanding," wrote Garza on the blog. "They arrived at UNO with a sincere desire to learn and grow as individuals and as a group."
The program's collaborating agencies this summer are Boys and Girls Club, Inc., Campfire USA, Urban League of Nebraska and the Girl Scouts. The program will conclude with a recognition banquet in July.
Students who will be high school juniors this fall and are interested in participating in the 2010 Summer Scholars program at UNO should contact their high school counselor or the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs at (402) 554-2248.
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