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State Awards $400,000 ‘Smart Scholars’ Grant to Long Island University’s Brooklyn Campus and Boys and Girls HS

Partnership will help 100 students earn college credits while in high school

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Brian Harmon,Director of Public Relations
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Brooklyn, N.Y. — Long Island University's Brooklyn Campus has been awarded a $405,000 Smart Scholars Early College High School grant to create a college academy at Boys and Girls High School in Bedford - Stuyvesant. A Team from Long Island University and Boys and Girls High School, led by its Principal Bernard Gassaway, developed this initiative.

New York State's Smart Scholars ECHS program helps create early college high schools where students earn college credits. The program is specifically geared toward groups of students who historically have not had access to college.

The Brooklyn Campus will work with 100 students at Boys and Girls High School in a rigorous academic program that includes high school and college-level coursework. Students in the program will also benefit from increased academic and co-curricular support, ensuring that they obtain a Regents diploma and are prepared for college.

Brooklyn Campus Provost Gale Stevens Haynes, Esq. said the Smart Scholars program creates intellectual communities among students and their parents and educators.

“We will be creating an intensive learning environment that helps students who have been raised in places where the idea of attending college is often a mirage,” Provost Haynes said. “The Smart Scholars program targets student populations that have disproportionately low high school graduation rates.”

Incoming Boys and Girls High School freshmen can apply for the program this summer. The College Academy will accept 50 freshmen to begin high school in September as Smart Scholars. Another 25 freshmen will be selected for the program in September 2012, followed by 25 more freshmen in 2013.

“We're looking for candidates with academic potential, as evidenced by recommendations from their teachers and counselors and through interviews with the students and their parents,” Provost Haynes said.

The Smart Scholars “dual enrollment” program not only creates a seamless transition for entering college, but also and reduces tuition costs for students and families.

Later this month, the Brooklyn Campus and Boys and Girls High School will conduct a kickoff event to celebrate the start of the program.

The Brooklyn Campus is distinguished by...
dynamic curricula reflecting the great urban community it serves. Distinctive programs encompass the arts and media, the natural sciences, business, social policy, urban education, the health professions and pharmacy, and include the Ph.D. in Clinical Psychology, the Ph.D. in Pharmaceutics, the D.P.T. in Physical Therapy and the Pharm.D. in Pharmacy. A vibrant urban oasis in downtown Brooklyn, this diverse and thriving campus offers academic excellence, personalized attention, small class size and flexible course schedules. In 2006, a $45-million Wellness, Recreation and Athletic Center was opened to serve the Campus and the surrounding community. In 2007, the Cyber Café was launched, providing a high-tech hot spot for students and faculty members to meet and eat.

Posted 06/15/2011

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