Annual Young Scholars Academy to be held in UT Martin campus
The Messenger 06.05.08 Underrepresented high school students will get a taste of college life during the seventh annual Young Scholars Academy, set for June 22-28 at the University of Tennessee at Martin. The event is sponsored by the Office of Minority Affairs. A select group of 63 West Tennessee students will attend this competitive week-long summer residential program, designed for high school sophomores and juniors. The non-credit program seeks to introduce students to the college experience by focusing on three learning environments: special aptitude development; personal and social development; and college/major exploration. “This year’s camp will focus on preparing the students for the optimal college experience,” said Teresa Woody, Office of Minority Affairs director. “They will be exposed to life on campus and challenged with individual coursework, a special-topics group seminar and a group class in raising their collegiate success by 85 percent. They will also meet with our administrators, faculty and staff. “In addition, the students will receive intensive standardized testing instruction, have lots of fun social activities and take a group field trip. The week will be full of great activities that highlight UT Martin as the campus that cares.” From dorm life to the classroom to a culminating graduation ceremony, the academy offers a cross section of college life, with a variety of activities designed to develop creative and intellectual skills. Students will attend classes throughout the week, with about two-thirds of class time in an area of special academic interest. Students will be exposed to special aptitude areas from the following courses: mass communication, English composition and world literature, nursing, sociology, education and history. Extracurricular activities will include a community picnic, a community service activity, a movie night, a talent revue and a field trip to the Civil Rights Museum in Memphis. For more information, contact the UT Martin Office of Minority Affairs at (731) 881-7282.