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FMU Program for Young Scholars Taking Applications

FLORENCE – Applications are now being taken for the 1999 Francis Marion University Program for Young Scholars (PYS), a summer residential program for academically talented youth held on the Florence campus.

The PYS, in its third year, will run July 11-31.  Giving academically gifted youth an opportunity for intensive study, new experiences and recreational activities in a college setting, the program was designed by Dr. Robert Sawyer, professor and dean of the School of Education, Behavioral and Social Sciences. 

During the three-week residential program, PYS seeks to balance the intellectual and social potential of the youth involved.  Students between the ages of 12 and 16 are enrolled in a single intensive, fast-paced class that proceeds at their ability levels.  Classes are five to six hours per day, Monday through Friday, and three hours on Saturdays.

Each class requires regular attendance at a one-hour study hall in the evenings.  The typical class has eight to 12 students.  Many of the classes will cover the equivalent of a college semester or high school year’s work in three weeks.

Students come from all over the southeastern United States to participate in the program.  Course instructors are members of FMU’s faculty, as well as teachers from the Duke University TIP and Northwestern State University of Louisiana’s ADVANCE Program.  Teachers of the Year from the Pee Dee Region of South Carolina also serve as instructors for the program.

Courses are not for college credit, but may be applied to a high school student’s curriculum if approved by the student’s home school.  Classes are in the humanities, mathematics, sciences and social sciences in general; and specifically in biology, document production and design, expository writing, introduction to film, computer science, political science and mathematics.

Application deadline for the program is June 1, 1999.  Cost is $1,600 and scholarships are available.  The FMU PYS is the only program in South Carolina to have a cooperative agreement with Duke University's Talent Identification Program. 

For application or program information, contact Dawn Sanner at 843-661-1146 or Sawyer at 843-661-1481 or; or visit the program website at


Last Published: June 25, 2004 5:28 AM
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