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Project ACHIEVE students take test for UI scholarships
IOWA CITY, Iowa -- A group of nine outstanding Chicago high school graduates
have the chance to earn scholarships to the University of Iowa as part
of a campus orientation visit Saturday, June 28 to Monday, June 30.
The students, who have already been admitted to the UI through "Project
ACHIEVE" of the Connie Belin and Jacqueline N. Blank International
Center for Gifted Education and Talent Development, will take the College
Level Examination Program (CLEP) test Sunday.
The test is the last hurdle for students in Project ACHIEVE, a program
designed to increase opportunities for talented and gifted minority students.
ACHIEVE stands for Amoco, Consortium High Schools and Iowa Encouraging
Victories in Education.
Students in the program spend two summers on the UI campus studying
calculus for up to eight hours a day. During the school year, they work
with tutors and educators in their home schools to boost their skills.
Students who successfully complete the program are guaranteed admission
to the UI and are evaluated for financial aid. Students who do well on
the CLEP calculus exam or the Advanced Placement calculus exam receive
scholarships to the UI.
Nicholas Colangelo, director of the Belin-Blank Center, says the program
is designed to expose students to the rigors of college-level academic
"These are all students who are intellectually capable of doing
college work, but, for the most part, have not had a setting where their
true capabilities have been tested," Colangelo says. "Project
ACHIEVE gives them that and, at the same time, shows the students that
if they can complete this program, they belong in college."
The program began in 1993 as a joint project of the Belin-Blank Center,
the Amoco Oil Co. and Chicago public schools with high enrollments of students
from underrepresented groups. Participating schools include Westinghouse
Vocational High School, Englewood High School and Tilden High School.
The 1997 Project ACHIEVE program began June 15 and continues until July
25. A total of 16 students are participating this summer.
With the nine students admitted for fall 1997, there currently are about
34 Project ACHIEVE graduates studying at the UI.
Editors: Contact Jan Warren, precollege program coordinator,
at (319) 335-6148, for information about interviews or photo possibilities
with students attending the Belin-Blank Center's summer programs.