Summer Scholar Program enhances students in the start of their academic career

(08-15-2008)

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Danielle Barry and Kacia Schmidt participate in fun relays at Cole Park.

Adams State College is committed to the success of their student body. Part of the dedication is hosting the Student Support Services Summer Scholars Program, which just completed its fifth year.

According to Catalina Bartlett, former Student Support Services director, incoming freshman, who are eligible for the program, spend three weeks the summer before their first semester at Adams State on campus taking a couple of required courses, living in the dorms, eating in the cafeteria, and attending special events.

"This year we took the students white water rafting and to the Santa Fe Opera," Bartlett said. "The students must apply for the program, but once accepted the entire three weeks are free-of-charge. And if they satisfactorily complete the program receive a $1000 scholarship to Adams State."

Lorraine Glidewell, Topock, Ariz., said she believe the program is "remarkable." She said everyone was nice, and coming from a small town she chose Adams State because of its small size. "This is the best opportunity," Glaidewell said. "Now I am already familiar with the campus and have made friends."

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Katie Thacker and Tiffany Cordova consult their GPS units on the last day of class.

Kimberly Lucas, is a sophomore at Adams State and was one of the student counselors for the incoming freshman during the Summer Scholars Program. "The new students start their academic year with four and a half credits and it helps them get to know the campus."

Travis Hennager, Colorado Springs, was a summer scholar. "It was pretty awesome," he said. "You can't get a better opportunity to start-off college."

Reyna Martinez, a junior nursing major, went through the program as an incoming freshman. "It really helped to be a part of the program," she said. "I knew who to ask for help, it is a great program."

Adams State College fall semester begins August 25; there is still time to register. Visit the website at adams.edu or call 719-587-7306 for more information.

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By Linda Relyea