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2010.06.09> For Immediate Release
contact: Tim Kaldahl - University Relations
phone: 402.554.3502 - email: tkaldahl@unomaha.edu

Forty-Five Students Taking Part in Summer Scholars Program at UNO

Omaha - While one would be hard pressed to find a high school student going to college over the summer, 45 high school seniors from around the Omaha metropolitan area are doing just that at the University of Nebraska at Omaha (UNO).

The students have converged on UNO for the 2010 Summer Scholars program. The five-week program, which began on June 4, 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 Summer Scholars program was established in l989 as a way to unite high school students from various backgrounds and encourage them to pursue higher education.

The 2010 participants include students from Omaha South, Omaha Benson, Elkhorn, St Peter Claver, Fremont High, Millard South, Ralston, Millard North, Omaha Bryan, Omaha Burke, Omaha Central, Daniel J. Gross Catholic, Omaha North, Omaha Northwest, Papillion-LaVista and Papillion-LaVista South. The 45 students have a cumulative grade point average of 3.71, said Maria Garza, Summer Scholar program coordinator and education specialist for the UNO Office of Multicultural Affairs.

During the program, students will enroll in college courses, which could include history, English, Native American studies, philosophy or speech. In conjunctions with the course content, the Summer Scholars will learn about managing college academic course work, time management, and the college admissions process, preparation for the ACT and SAT, college scholarships and the financial aid process.

Students will also be partnered up in pairs to participate in a service-learning project to mentor a younger student, in grades five through eight. The groups of three will then create a dream collage for the young students’ dream jobs, explore those career options, write essays on one career possibility, and write an action plan describing just how the students will work toward their 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://summerscholars10.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 2011 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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