The South Central Ohio Educational Service Center’s (ESC) annual reception for the award of summer scholarships to area gifted students was held Wednesday afternoon, May 7, at the Southern Ohio Museum.
The Portsmouth Branch of the American Association of University Women (AAUW) awarded two local students full scholarships to attend the week-long residential Be Wise Mathematics and Science Camp at Denison University in Granville, Ohio. The camp is designed to develop interest, excitement and self-confidence in girls who are entering grades 7 or 8 this fall.
According to released information, “the AAUW advances equity for women and girls through advocacy, education and research and has been in existence since 1881. The Portsmouth Branch of AAUW works to award at least one scholarship each year for a student to attend the Be Wise Camp.”
The two students who received scholarships to participate in the 2014 Be Wise Mathematics and Science Camp this year are Kaylee McGinnis and Aurie Coriell, both of Minford Jr. High. Each girl’s entire tuition will be paid by the AAUW.
“I think the partnership has been a good one,” Sharee Price, ESC Gifted Services coordinator, said. “Kaylee McGinnis, who is a recipient this year, also won last year, so this is her second time getting this opportunity. She thinks it is the most wonderful thing and says she has learned a lot. Kaylee has told us all about how she thinks this is a very valuable opportunity for local students, which is what it is all about.”
The Scioto County ESC has partnered with the AAUW for three years and hopes to continue work with them.
“Anytime we have the opportunity to work with another third party and arrange more scholarships and projects for students, we are happy to be involved,” Price said.
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