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FMU Program for Young Scholars accepting applications

FLORENCE, S.C. –Francis Marion University is now accepting applications for the 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 fifth year, will be held July 8-28 at Francis Marion. The application deadline is June 1.

The cost of the program is $1,600 and financial assistance is available. 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 include faculty members from FMU and Guilford College, 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 and teachers from the South Carolina Governor’s School for the Arts and Humanities also serve as instructors for the program.

This year, for the second 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, online design, expository writing and mathematics.

For an application or program information, contact program director Jeff Anastasi at 843-661-1633 or, or visit the program website at

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Last Published: May 7, 2004 10:09 AM
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