The Emerging Scholars Program at Clarion University is a fun filled educational experience designed to prepare our youth for a successful college career. The Program aims to maximize opportunities by which competitive inner city / economically disadvantaged high school students may access higher education. There is no cost to any student who participates in the first two phases of the program.
The Emerging Scholars program targets 11th grade-Rising Juniors and 12th grade-Rising Seniors in good standing from Southwestern Pennsylvania, and particularly from Pittsburgh city. Working in conjunction with the public school system, the program prepares and motivates students to attend college through involvement in academic readiness, and skill development programs.
Students involved in the program engage in rigorous academic activities to enhance their abilities in areas critical to their success in high school, college and in their professional pursuit. Students are taught to develop effective skills in the the key areas of Mathematics and English, alongside other important subjects. During the majority of the day, students attend classes and workshops, or attend study hours in the University library. Students learn from professors and professionals who are experts in their field, ranging from the Performing Arts to the pure Sciences. At Clarion University there is an opportunity for every student to develop his or her interest, by interacting with people who are already successful and willing to guide the next generation of leaders.
The program is primarily academically focused, but realizes that a students' social well being has one of the greatest bearings on academic success. Students who successfully complete their assigned work are able to participate in a variety of fun activities. Activities include, swimming, basketball, dodgeball, talent show, dance party, trip to amusement park (Kennywood or other), bowling, craftwork, trip to radio and TV station, and many others.
The Emerging Scholars program is an excellent choice for any student who is serious about attending College or University. There is no obligation to attend Clarion University after the first two phases. However, any student who wishes to attend Clarion University as an incoming freshman through the emerging scholars program will have several advantages above other students. These include scholarship opportunities, early application, and begin taking College classes for credit in the summer after the senior year of high school.