MEDIA ADVISORY: 51 New Haven High School SCHOLARs "Graduate" from Yale

On Friday, July 29 at 5:30 P.M., Yale University will “graduate” 51 New Haven high school students who have successfully completed an intensive three-week science academy called the Yale SCHOLAR program. The ceremony, and the family barbecue that follows, are open to the media.

The acronym SCHOLAR stands for Science Collaborative Hands-On Learning and Research. The summer program is now in its 14th year. It’s a partnership between Yale and Hill Regional Career High School in New Haven. The students, rising sophomores, juniors and seniors at Career, eat, sleep and study at Yale during the week and return home for weekends. Their courses encompass chemistry, math, psychology, biotechnology and microbial ecology. What they learn in three weeks would take two semesters in high school. They get hands-on laboratory experience and hear lectures from some of the top science faculty at Yale.

The advanced curriculum is designed by faculty from Yale, with the support of teachers and advisors from Career High School, Yale graduate and professional schools, and the SCHOLAR faculty.

The SCHOLAR program began in 1998 to help motivated and academically talented Career High School students prepare for success in college and their careers. To date, every graduate has gone on to college, with many pursuing careers in the sciences or health profession.

Here is information on the graduation ceremony and celebration:

WHEN:  Friday, July 29, 5:30 P.M.

WHERE: Ceremony is at The Off Broadway Theater at Yale University, 41 Broadway, New Haven (behind Mory’s restaurant); Barbecue follows in the courtyard of Jonathan Edwards Residential College, 68 High Street, New Haven

THEATER CONTACT: 203-432-6416 (Office), 203-432-4032 (Theater)

For more information on the Yale SCHOLAR program, go to: http://www.yale.edu/onhsa/youth_scholar.htm

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Helen Dodson: helen.dodson@yale.edu, 203-436-3984