Rural Connections is a new three year CTY initiative funded by the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation to support bright 7th-9th graders from families living in rural communities nationwide. This initiative is designed to deepen and expand gifted rural students’ access to and participation in CTY’s challenging summer programs, and to reach a group of underserved students that CTY has not specifically targeted in the past.
The 2013 application period has started.
For more information, please contact:
Dr. Kimberly Lohrfink
Students selected for the program will receive a full scholarship to attend a CTY Summer Program, support to help them choose a course, supplemental academic advising, and peer support following the program.
Rural Connections Scholars will qualify for CTY via above-grade-level testing, and come from families with annual income of $45,000 or less. The program will reach approximately 40 students a year, nurturing their intellectual passions and refining their goals for the future.
The Rural Connections initiative meets the particular needs of gifted rural students, including identification, access to challenging courses, connections with intellectual peers and role models, and support for their college and career goals. The program will increase rural students’ participation in CTY programs and will have a positive impact on their academic achievement, motivation, and social development, both during the grant period and beyond.
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