FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: April 15, 2013
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Glenville State College
Glenville, WV— A Glenville State College Hidden Promise Scholars Program reception and ‘Meet and Greet’ community gathering took place on the evening of Monday, March 4th at the Boone County Honors Academy for newly-nominated Boone County Hidden Promise Scholars. The event was held to meet with parents and students to discuss program updates and upcoming summer camps as well as to answer any questions they have about the GSC program.
Eleven GSC Hidden Promise Scholars from Boone County along with their parents and families enjoyed light refreshments that were catered by the ProStart students from the Boone Career and Technical Center. They also met with GSC Hidden Promise Director Teresa Sterns, GSC Hidden Promise Coordinator Whitney Stalnaker, and counselors from several participating Boone County schools who nominated them for the program.
Following the reception, these students were honored at the regular Boone County Board of Education meeting where they were presented with their Hidden Promise certificates, ID badges, and tee-shirts and recognized by board members.
There are currently nineteen students in Boone County who have been selected as GSC Hidden Promise Scholars. The scholars in attendance were: Austin Nelson, Brittany Clay, Carrie Deal, Paige Halstead, Marissa Keith, Sarah Seagraves, Hali Jarrell, Jeremy Perdue, Kendyl Ryan, Cameron Jarrell, and Mackenzie Smith.
The Hidden Promise Scholars program is an alliance among Glenville State College and county school districts across West Virginia aimed at improving communication between higher education and K through 12. Other goals include increasing the number of high school and college graduates as well as aligning the K-12 and higher education curriculum.
Hidden Promise Scholars are students in the eighth through twelfth grades from central West Virginia. Selected by county superintendents and principals, these students interact with Glenville State College students and faculty and explore the opportunities that a college education opens. Hidden Promise Scholars will mentor with college students at their home schools and participate in an array of campus visits.
Upon high school graduation, Hidden Promise Scholars who enroll at Glenville State College receive annual scholarships. The annual grants are renewable throughout their enrollment at GSC as full-time students maintaining standard academic progress.
Similar ‘Meet and Greet’ events are planned for each of the thirty-seven counties and Belpre, Ohio school systems that participate in the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program. “These community gatherings provide the opportunity to discuss the program in a casual setting and allow the scholars to meet their mentors in person. They are a very important part of the program,” said Stalnaker.
To learn more about the GSC Hidden Promise Scholars Program, contact Stalnaker at Whitney.Stalnaker@glenville.edu or (304) 462-6060.