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marsh critters Educators across the K-16 spectrum may get involved with Rural Scholars in a number of ways. The Rural Scholars Program works with local school districts in Columbiana County, with our current focus on the following districts: Salem, East Liverpool City, Crestview, Wellsville, Lisbon Village Exempted, and Southern. We hope to expand in the future to all districts in the county as well as neighboring Carrollton, Sebring, South Range, and West Branch districts.

 

Application

Applications will be available every year beginning in February. Please note that only rising seventh graders in Salem, East Liverpool, Southern Local, Wellsville, Lisbon Village, and Crestview school districts may apply. For an application, click here.

 

How It Works

To get an idea of what a successful program like this can do, take a look at some of the following programs which have served as models for the Rural Scholars Program design.

University of Kentucky Robinson Scholars Program

University of Wisconsin-Madison PEOPLE Program

Newark's Call to College Program

The Breakthrough Collaborative

There are lots of ways to get involved as we design the program and begin phasing it in from the middle outward.

Elementary Educators
  • help us develop a curriculum suited to local needs and resources by participating on our Curriculum Committee;
  • bring our college mentors to your classroom! We'll begin working with fourth graders in the 2014-2015 school year. We need your guidance as we put this expanded college-knowledge program together for younger students.
Middle School Educators
  • bring us to your classrooms! We began working with 6th graders in 2012-2013, delivering Junior Achievement's Economics for Success curriculum to 461 children in participating districts, conducting 115 hours of interactive, student-centered financial literacy programming.
  • recommend your best and brightest rising 6th graders to be Rural Scholars starting in 7th grade. Admission requirements will include strong academic performance, family income not exceeding program requirements, and the candidate's potential to be the first generation in his/her family to attend college. Check with your school counselor for more detailed information or contact us.
  • use the wonderful online resources provided by Odyssey magazine. Many of these are free! Odyssey also provides each of our middle school scholars with individual subscriptions, free of charge.
High School Educators
  • help us develop a curriculum suited to local needs and resources by participating on our Curriculum Committee;
  • advise us about the needs of your students as they prepare to apply for college;
  • use the wonderful online resources provided by Odyssey magazine. Many of these are free! Odyssey also provides each of our middle school scholars with individual subscriptions, free of charge.
  • collaborate with us in addressing the disparities between graduation standards and college entry standards in Ohio. Did you know that Kent State uses the COMPASS to assess incoming students and place them in freshman-level courses? Imagine the confusion of students who complete high school only to find themselves confronted with the COMPASS the summer before college. To view practice COMPASS tests, click here. We need your ideas and experiences to make the transition from high school to college more continuous and less stressful for students.
University Faculty
  • help us answer teachers' questions about preparing their students for college.
  • offer your creative insights into potential applied learning opportunities for students aspiring to study in your discipline.
  • work with us as we build curriculum for our workshops and summer camps to challenge students and enhance their exposure to college-level expectations and course content.