FLORENCE, S.C. – Time is running out for students who want to participate in the Francis Marion University Program for Young Scholars (PYS). PYS is a summer residential program for academically talented youths between the ages of 12 and 16. The program, in its fourth year, will be held July 9-29 at Francis Marion. The application deadline is June 1.
The number of enrolled students for this year’s program already exceeds last year, said Robert Sawyer, the senior adviser to the program and dean of FMU’s School of Education.
“We will still accept applications as long as we have space for more students,” he said. Sawyer said South Carolina Junior Scholars are particularly encouraged to apply. Scholarships for the $1,600 program are also still available, he added.
The three-week Program for Young Scholars gives academically gifted students an opportunity for intensive study, new experiences and recreational activities in a college setting.
Students 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 Saturday.
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 of work in three weeks.
Course instructors are members of FMU’s faculty, as well as teachers from the Duke University Talent Identification Program (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.
This year, for the first time, a college-credit psychology course will be offered. Other 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 offered are psychology, biology, computer science, introduction to technical writing, expository writing, introduction to film, and mathematics.
For an application or program information, contact the FMU Office of Admissions at 843-661-1231 or toll-free 1-800-368-7551, or visit the program website at www.fmarion.edu/~youngscholar.
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