AT&T Supports Area High School Freshmen as They Complete University of Success Summer Institute
Twenty Scranton-area incoming high school freshmen “graduated” from The University of Scranton’s “University of Success” Summer Institute, which offers students the chance to experience college first hand through a two-week residential program at the University. The students who completed the program also will receive ongoing mentoring, tutoring and college-prep support during the remainder of their high school careers.
J. Michael Schweder, president, AT&T Mid Atlantic, participated in the closing ceremonies and announced a $30,000 contribution to the University of Scranton to support the program.
“At AT&T, we support community programs that focus on high school success and workforce readiness for today’s high school students - Pennsylvania’s future leaders,” said Schweder. “The projects students completed this week, combined with the mentoring, tutoring, and college prep they will receive throughout high school, will equip them with some of the essential tools they need for success.”
The University of Success is a pre-college program designed to provide academic, social, and cultural enrichment to high school students. Since the program is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants, there is no charge to students and their families.
According to Debra Pellegrino, Ed.D., dean, Panuska College of Professional Studies at The University of Scranton, the ultimate goal of this program is to assist participating students to successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. The University of Success helps students achieve this goal through a variety of activities and services from their current grade until they graduate from high school. Many Success students choose to apply and continue their education at The University of Scranton.
“We are thrilled to have AT&T join our team in supporting the University of Success. Their support will allow us to continue to prepare young men and women for a successful higher educational experience,” said Dr. Pellegrino.
This year, student projects focused on renewable energy sources.
For more information about University of Success, visit http://www.scranton.edu/academics/pcps/leahy/success1.shtml.