TAHS academy students learn about PSU Scholars Program

On Friday, the ninth grade Tyrone Area High School academy students hosted a 45 minute presentation about the Penn State University Scholars program.
History specialist Dr. Richard Stoller and academic advisor Heather Hatch spoke to the ninth grade academy students and interested teachers about the unlimited opportunities available through The University Scholars Program for students dedicated to learning. At the close of the presentation, Stoller and Hatch answered questions from the students.
Some of the information covered at the presentation included: facts about Penn State, academic majors, features of Penn State Altoona, features of Penn State University Park, scholarship opportunities, associate and baccalaureate degrees and the PACE program.
Hatch stressed the importance of academics in high school, especially if students are interested in being considered for scholarship opportunities or the Penn State Honors Program.
“Ninth grade is when it starts to count,” Hatch told the academy students.
Penn State and most other colleges and universities look at high school academic records from ninth grade to senior year for possible student admissions. Besides grade point average, other important requirements include students’ SAT scores.
“When you’re being evaluated by colleges, they look at your high school records and the courses you take your senior year,” added Stoller, for students who might feel like getting a case of “senioritis” their last year of high school.
Stoller went on to explain the many opportunities of the University Scholars Program. If a student is accepted into the college program, there are many research opportunities available as well as smaller class sizes.
Students must enroll in six credits of honors courses per year and maintain a 3.2 grade point average for the Penn State Altoona Honors Program. Requirements may be different for the honors program at the University Park Campus. Benefits of the program include: field trips, priority scheduling registration and scholarship opportunities.
The TAHS teacher host for the presentation, Richard Merryman told students, “Think of this as your own personal journey for educational fulfillment.”
The purpose of the presentation was to inform the students of the opportunities available to them in the near future and to think of Penn State as one option on the path to potential college and career choices.
Anyone interested in learning more information about the Penn State Altoona Honors Program should contact honors program coordinator Lee Ann De Reus at 949-5751.