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More Governor’s Schools Planned For Local Students

A few months ago, local high school juniors were able to start submitting applications for this summer’s Governor’s School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University in Pittsburgh.

In the past nearly-30 years, eight local students have participated in that program, but more opportunities for inclusion are coming, after Governor Tom Corbett announced two new Governor’s Schools will begin this July: the Governor’s School for the Agricultural Sciences at Penn State University in Centre County and the Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology at Lehigh University in Northampton County.

“I am pleased that Penn State and Lehigh universities have agreed to host these programs, providing high school students with opportunities to experience hands-on training and high-quality learning,” Corbett said in a news release. “The agriculture, engineering and technology industries are critical to Pennsylvania’s economic growth, and I thank each university for joining with my administration by investing in additional resources for students.”

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Agricultural Sciences at Penn State
University is a four-week, residential program for talented high school juniors interested in the agricultural sciences.

From July 13 to August 9, students will participate in challenging courses and research projects with Penn State professors, faculty and program staff.

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for Engineering and Technology at Lehigh
University is a two-week, summer residential program for high school students interested in studying technology and mathematics.

The program, which runs from July 20 to August 2, will offer students an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), cooperative learning, and hands-on laboratory experiences.

Applications are available online through each university’s website.

After being closed in 2008, the Governor’s Schools were reinstated by Governor Corbett in summer 2013 with the reopening of the Governor’s School at Carnegie Mellon University.

Last summer, 56 students from 48 high schools across the state participated in the program, including two from ARIN Intermediate Unit 28 schools: David Shipe, a student at Freeport Area High School and Michael Sweeney, a student at Homer-Center High School.

Students who are selected to attend the Governor’s Schools receive full scholarships, sponsored by the Pennsylvania Department of Education, the individual universities, and private and corporate donations.

Scholarships cover the costs of housing, meals and all instructional materials.
Families are responsible for transportation to and from the university, personal items and spending money. Students must commit to living on campus throughout the duration of the program.

As a way to ensure these programs remain in place, Governor Corbett’s fiscal year 2014-15 budget includes an additional $387 million for education, sets aside $350,000 for the Governor’s Schools.