Westminster Inspires Middle School Students to Prepare for College

May 2, 2013

May 2, 2013 Access Summer Camp gives underrepresented students a taste of college life SALT LAKE CITY - Westminster College's Access Summer Camp will host 60 middle school students for a 3-day, 2-night college experience, June 27 - 29, 2013. Westminster partners with Bryant, Glendale, Northwest middle schools, and Granite Park Jr. High to give historically underrepresented students access to higher education resources. The camp provides knowledge about college admissions and financial aid to low-income, first-generation and other underrepresented students. During camp, Westminster faculty lead courses in math, writing, science and technology to strengthen campers' academic skills. Students also receive guidance in college planning resources like Utah Futures and College Board in order to stay focused on college planning throughout high school. "The goal is to get students thinking about college preparation while they are in middle school so they can take the best steps during high school to be ready for college," said Luciano Marzulli, director of diversity student Access Camp 1affairs at Westminster. "This kind of preparation is especially critical for underrepresented students who statistically have fewer resources for higher education opportunities." Access Summer Camp helps students plot their course toward college and gives them an idea of what college life is like. The middle school students learn communication and teamwork skills while working with Westminster students, faculty and staff. During the first two years of the camp, 81% of participants said they left academic sessions with a better understanding of the subject and how that subject can be used. Approximately 72% said they felt more confident in the academic subject areas. And 81% gained a better understanding of college planning, college life, college preparation, and Utahfutures.org as a result of their participation in the camp. Access Summer Camp is currently funded by a grant from the U.S Department of Education administered by the Utah System of Higher Education and is a partner of Prosperity 2020 - helping achieve the goal of 66% of Utahns with postsecondary degrees. This grant runs out at the end of 2013. As a result, Westminster College is currently seeking funding to support future Access to College Diversity Summer Camps. To make a donation, please contact Safia Keller in Advancement at 801.832.2733 or skeller@westminstercollege.edu.

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About Westminster

Westminster is a private, independent, and comprehensive college in Salt Lake City, Utah. Students experience the liberal arts blended with professional programs in an atmosphere dedicated to civic engagement. With the goal of enabling its graduates to live vibrant, just, and successful lives, Westminster provides transformational learning experiences for both undergraduate and graduate students in a truly student-centered environment. Faculty focus on teaching, learning, and developing distinctive, innovative programs, while students thrive on Westminster’s urban Sugar House campus within minutes of the Rocky Mountains.

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