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High Schoolers Earn College Credit
OXFORD, Ohio -- Gifted high school students gather at Miami
University every summer to experience the college classroom setting.
The Junior Scholars Program, started in 1982, brings academically talented
high school juniors to campus to learn about university life and earn college
credit in advance.
"One word characterizes the benefits of this program for students -
maturity," said Dr. Robert Smith, director of the Junior Scholars Program.
Students have the chance to mature by working independently, deciding
their own schedule and choosing what they do in their free time without
parental influence, Smith noted.
The program also allows students to explore an area of academic or career
interest by earning up to six or seven semester hours of regular Miami credit
toward classes if they attend the university full time following high
The students have a choice of 46 classes, ranging from anthropology to
"In these courses, the Junior Scholar students frequently outperform the
Miami students who are also in the classes working alongside them," Smith
Statistics from previous summers show that high school juniors can prove
themselves in competitive college courses. The average overall
grade-point-average of the 1996 Junior Scholar students was 3.48.
"While this is good publicity for the university, it also looks good to
other colleges that these students may be applying to," Smith noted. "Junior
Scholars prove that they can do quality work at the university level."
This summer, 34 percent of the students participating are either
minorities or from foreign countries such as Germany.
Providing opportunities for Junior Scholars to interact with other gifted
students from different backgrounds is important to Smith and the success of
"We don't live in the world alone," said Smith. "Our program makes the
students more sensitive to other cultures."
"America is a melting pot, but we don't melt well. Troubles come up when
we don't understand each other. This program brings kids to understand this,"
To be eligible for the Junior Scholars program, students must complete
their junior year in high school, have a grade-point-average of 3.5 in all high
school subjects or rank in the top 10 percent of their class, submit
standardized test scores, and be recommended by a high school teacher, guidance
counselor, or principal.
Scholarships are available to partially cover expenses.
The Junior Scholars Program runs June 29 to August 8 this summer at
Miami's Oxford campus.