William Paterson University has been awarded a grant from the Commission on Higher Education to sponsor a science-focused Pre-College Summer Enrichment Program for high-achieving students entering their Senior year of high school in the Fall of 2015. To be eligible for acceptance into the program, applicants must come from a low-income household or be a first-generation prospective college student. Aim High Academy will give students a true taste of college life for three consecutive weeks during the Summer of 2015 (July 5 – 24) and will consist of academic courses, college-preparation information sessions, leadership training, off-campus field trips, and a residential dormitory experience. For more information, email Youthprograms@wpunj.edu, call (973) 720-2354.
Requirements for Participation in the Aim High Academy:
- Students must either meet the federal low-income guidelines (please visit www2.ed.gov/about/offices/list/ope/trio/incomelevels.html to determine if you meet the eligibility requirements) or be first-generation prospective college students (your parents have not earned a Bachelor’s degree).
- Students must provide evidence of high achievement in a New Jersey high school, including cumulative GPA, SAT/ACT scores, and a letter of recommendation from one of your high school teachers. Students must also submit a one-page essay (typed and double-spaced) stating why you wish to be a part of this program.
- Return the completed application to William Paterson University by Wednesday,May 5, 2015. It can be sent via E-mail to Youthprograms@wpunj.edu, faxed to (973) 720-2298 (Attention: Aim High Academy), or mailed to WPU’s Center for Continuing and Professional Education at 1600 Valley Road in Wayne, NJ, 07470.
- Upon acceptance into the program, students must sign a written agreement stating that they will provide William Paterson University with information regarding their high school graduation status and college acceptance and enrollment information by June of 2016. Students will also sign a Release of Information form stating they will allow us to contact their school district if they do not provide us with the above information in a timely manner.