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Scholarship Programs

Part of CTY’s mission is to seek students of the highest academic ability through its talent search and offer them challenging educational opportunities that develop the intellect, encourage achievement, and nurture social development. CTY recognizes that such students come from a wide variety of backgrounds, and therefore offers many scholarship opportunities and financial aid to assist low income families who might not otherwise be able to take advantage of our services.

In addition to financial aid given to attend a summer course or to participate in an on-line course, CTY has also established some scholarship opportunities over the years that give additional benefits in the forms of academic advising, SAT preparation and entrepreneurial training. Several of these scholarship programs are discussed below.

CTY researchers are charged with evaluating the short-term and long-term effectiveness of these programs.

The Goldman Sachs Scholars Program

The Goldman Sachs Scholars Program was initiated in 2000 as a means of identifying academically talented under-represented students and supporting their educational development. The program was designed to bring these students to the highest levels of academic achievement through participation in rigorous summer programs, distance education courses, specialized weekend courses, and a mentoring program. The Scholars Program was a partnership between the Goldman Sachs Foundation and the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at the Johns Hopkins University.

Scholars attended CTY courses in the summer after their 7th and 8th grade school year. Once students entered high school, they were no longer actively supported by the program. They were, however, contacted on an annual basis to track their high school academic progress and where they elected to attend college after high school. A group of students with a similar profile of ability and demographic background, but who did not elect to attend CTY summer courses, were selected for comparison purposes. These students were contacted yearly throughout high school to track their academic progress and their choice of college.

The Next Generation Venture Fund / CTY Scholars Program

The Johns Hopkins CTY Scholars Program, originally called the Next Generation Venture Fund (NGVF), was initiated in 2004 based on what had been learned in the CTY-Goldman Sachs Scholars Program (2000-2003). The CTY Scholars program was designed to build a pipeline for its targeted (under-represented) students from the 8th grade to a point in the 12th grade so that they could submit competitive applications and gain admissions to top colleges and universities. This was to be achieved through two CTY summer programs, parent training, academic advising, an academic and extracurricular plan, mentoring, SAT preparation and college counseling. An evaluation model was developed in order to document the implementation and effectiveness of the CTY Scholars program. Program evaluation expanded on what was learned from the Goldman Sachs Scholars program to further our understanding of the benefits for and ultimate successes of these gifted underrepresented students.

Summary of Evaluation Results

Center Scholars Program

The Center Scholars Program at Johns Hopkins University is a five-year initiative funded through the National Institutes of Health’s (NIH) National Human Genome Research Institute (NHGRI). The project is completing Year 3 of its second cycle of 5-year funding, making this the 8th year of implementation. The project is funded through the Diversity Action Plan (DAP) component and has the overall goal of the increasing the number of individuals from traditionally underrepresented minorities who participate in genomics research.

In assisting NHGRI in achieving this long-term goal, the Center Scholars Program works with the Center for Talented Youth (CTY) at Johns Hopkins. Through this collaboration, the project recruits ethnically and socially diverse, talented high school students from across the United States to participate in three major program components. These components stretch across three sequential summers and include: 1) college-level coursework sponsored by CTY in genomics and genetics during the first summer, 2) a six-week laboratory internship during the second summer, and 3) a ten-week laboratory internship for the third summer.

The program is evaluated by CTY research staff.

Fraleigh-Lohrfink, K.J., Schneider, M.V., Whittington, D., & Feinberg, A.P. (in press). Increase in Science Research Commitment in a Didactic and Laboratory Based Program Targeted to Gifted Minority High School Students. Roeper Review

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