Apply now for Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship

October 16, 2019 2 comments

Jack Kent Cooke

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation College Scholarship Program offers funds — up to $40,000 a year, for up to four years — to support the college ambitions of high-achieving students who have financial need.

The scholarship is available to high-school seniors who have GPAs of 3.5 or higher and have high SAT or ACT scores. (See the JKCF web site for complete eligibility information.)

The foundation will consider applications from students whose families make up to $95,000 a year, but most of the recipients will have family income low enough to qualify for a Pell Grant. The average family income of recipients is $35,000 per year.

Application for the scholarship will be done using the Common App. (Again, see the JKCF site for details.) There is no cost to apply. You must complete the application by November 13, 2019. You’ll need to provide financial information, school records, essays and teacher recommendations, so allow yourself time to compile and complete the needed paperwork.

Global birdwatching event October 19

October 9, 2019 Leave a comment

The Cornell Lab of Ornithology invites anyone interested in birds or citizen science to take part in its October Big Day on Saturday, October 19.

By participating, you’ll be joining thousands of other birders around the world who are making note of birds they see. As with other citizen-science birding events, October Big Day helps scientists see patterns in bird populations and migrations.

You can be part of Global Big Day by watching for birds for as little as 10 minutes, anytime during the day, at any location — although if you’re looking for a birding hot spot, the Cornell Lab can make suggestions.


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Governor’s Honors Program application process starts now

September 24, 2019 Leave a comment

The Governor’s Honors Program is a highly regarded and highly selective summer program for students who are currently in 10th or 11th grade. The four-week program is held on the campus of Berry University in Rome and offers “academic, cultural and social enrichment.”

The program is funded by the State of Georgia, so selected students pay no tuition to attend.

To apply, a student must first be nominated by a teacher at their school, who teaches the subject area the student wants to study at GHP. Those nominations are due this fall.

Following the nomination process, students complete a rigorous application, after which they may be invited for interviews.

If your child is interested in GHP, they should reach out now to the GHP coordinator at their school. Home-schooled students should contact the GHP coordinator at the school they would be designated to attend if they were attending public school.

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Upcoming Duke TIP programs at UGA for 5th and 6th graders

September 12, 2019 Leave a comment

Registration is open for both fall sessions of the UGA-Duke TIP Academic Adventures program for students in grades 5 and 6.

This one-day program, held on the UGA campus, gives talented kids a chance to study a topic of interest with other high-achieving peers.

Fall sessions will be held on Oct. 5 and Nov. 16, 2019. Classes will include microbiology, comedy, law, video game design, and more.

To participate in Academic Adventures, your child must be registered with the Duke TIP 4th-6th Grade Talent Search. Not registered with Duke TIP? Learn more about how to get started so you can take advantage of opportunities like this one.

Popular classes will fill up quickly. Limited financial aid is available.

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Fall Duke TIP Scholar Weekends at UGA

September 10, 2019 Leave a comment

duke-tip The University of Georgia will host two UGA-Duke TIP Scholar Weekend sessions this fall: Nov. 2-3 and Dec. 7-8, 2019.

The Scholar Weekend program gives students the chance to study a topic that’s outside the typical school curriculum, and to do so in a college environment with like-minded peers.

Scholar Weekends are open to any students in grades 8 to 11 who have been gifted identified by their school. This includes anyone enrolled in honors, International Baccalaureate, Advanced Placement or accelerated classes.

Topics this spring include animation, microbiology, marine biology, veterinary medicine, psychology, sports medicine and more.

Students arrive on the UGA campus on Saturday morning, spend the day learning, stay overnight on the UGA campus, and continue their studies on Sunday. Courses are taught by UGA professors, graduate students, professionals, and gifted educators.

Registration deadline for the November weekend is October 11. Deadline for the December session is November 15. Popular courses typically fill before the registration deadline. Cost is $450. Financial aid may be available.

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Learn about the Moon this Friday at Tellus

September 3, 2019 Leave a comment

Tellus Museum will hold a lunar astronomy workshop this Friday, Sept. 6. It’s a chance to learn about the Moon and our travels there, and observe the Moon through a telescope.

Advance registration is required, and space is limited. The event is open to children ages 8 or older. All kids must be accompanied by a paid adult.

Registration closes Wednesday, Sept. 4 at noon.

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Art of Problem Solving Academy comes to Atlanta

August 22, 2019 Leave a comment

Art of Problem Solving (AoPS) Academy offers math and language arts classes to motivated students. Its new campus in Johns Creek is now enrolling.

Math classes start at the second-grade level and continue through calculus. Special class sections that prepare kids for math competitions also are available. AoPS math is ideal for students who are bored in their school math class, who want to challenge themselves with more math, or who want to excel in math competition.

Language arts classes begin at the second-grade level and reach a high-school level seminar in academic writing. This reading and writing program is relatively new to AoPS and is designed to help students communicate and collaborate.

AoPS began as a textbook company in 1993 and established its interactive online math classes in 2003. The Johns Creek location is the 10th AoPS center in the United States where students can take classes in person.

Classes for this academic year started this week, but students can join at any time.

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