Twenty-two rising high school students entered The University of Scranton’s University of Success program. The four-year, pre-college mentorship program began for the new participants with a two-week summer institute, which took place on the University’s campus in July.
During the summer institute, students participated in “hands-on” physics classes where they learned how physics is applied to harness wind energy, as well as for amusement rides that included a day of roller coaster riding at Dorney Park.
They learned about exercise physiology and visited the University’s Loyola Science Center for a lesson that included live turtles, tortoises and a snake.
The students participated in service projects at the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen and the Children’s Advocacy Center. They also visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park and the Pocono Environmental Education Center.
The students from 12 area high schools will return to the University’s campus one Saturday every month throughout their four years in high school.
The University of Success is designed for students to develop the skills needed to successfully gain acceptance to college.
Students enter the program at the completion of the eighth grade and continue through their high school years. The program offers enrichment courses in study skills, SAT prep, public speaking, math, science, art and cultural activities, as well as financial aid and wellness seminars.
The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants.
Donors to the program include AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Deposit and Discount Bank, Kuehner Family Foundation, MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, Prudential Foundation, Scranton Area Foundation, Waste Management, Weis Markets and Wells Fargo.
Local students who completed the University of Success’ summer institute are as follows: Elisha De Souza of Blakely, who will attend Valley View High School; Logan Matone of Throop, who will attend Mid Valley Secondary Center; Liam Misko of Carbondale, who will attend Carbondale Area Junior Senior High School; Mahnoor Sami of Jessup, who will attend Valley View High School; Pavel Vorozilchak of Blakely, who will attend Valley View High School.
For additional information, visit the University of Success web site.