Middle school students offered chance to see college campus life

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WALLA WALLA - Whitman College is accepting applications from local middle school students interested in experiencing campus life for three days over the summer.

The Whitman Institute for Scholastic Enrichment program covers the cost for local middle school students to live on the Whitman campus and attend classes and activities geared for their age group.

The goal of the program is to instill college-bound goals among local youths, particularly those from low-income homes or those who would be the first in their families to attend college.

From Aug. 7-9, students will stay in a college dorm and attend classes taught by Whitman professors. The middle school students will also get to meet current Whitman students, who will serve as resident assistants and mentors over three days. Time is made for art projects, recreational activities, college panels and socializing.

A workshop for parents is included as part of the program that details the financial aid process, academic choices in high school and any other concerns related to preparing for college.

To apply, students must fill out an application, a parent information and release form, a counselor or teacher recommendation form, and a copy of a recent report card.

Applications are due by May 20, and are available online at whitman.edu/content/intercultural-center/wise or by contacting Sonja Aikens at 527-5596 or aikenssl@whitman.edu.

Maria Gonzalez can be reached at mariagonzalez@wwub.com or 526-8317.

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