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Averett Announces $5,000 Scholarships for IALR Interns

May 27, 2011

Averett University has announced that it will award a $5,000 renewable scholarship to every high school student who completes the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research summer internship program and attends Averett University. The scholarship can be utilized for up to four years for a total award of $20,000 and will be available to Advance Learning Internship participants beginning with the 2011 interns.

"We want to encourage students to continue learning and make it possible for these talented scholars to pursue their studies in our region," said Averett President Dr. Tiffany Franks. "The Institute interns are the future innovators and change agents for our region."

Franks notes that scholarship recipients will continue their hands-on, experiential learning at Averett through the University's new requirements for out of the classroom learning and interactive classes.

"We encourage all of our students to gains hands-on experience along with their classroom study," said Franks. "Averett will be a great fit for Institute interns who wish to continue to learn experientially and pursue meaningful studies."

The Institute's Advanced Learning Internship is new for 2011. It will include ten rising seniors from area high schools. Interns are responsible for determining their own project but will be guided by a mentor. Examples might be along the lines of developing a camp based on biology, vehicle performance, or education, or creating a video about Danville. In addition to the overall project, Brown Bag lunch seminars will help interns gain professional skills and knowledge, and the internship itself will give the student important hands-on experience in a professional environment for seven weeks.

The Institute's Executive Director, Dr. Liam Leightley says, "This represents an excellent opportunity for students, an example of leadership in action and an example of partnership between IALR and Averett."

Program coordinator Amanda Glenn says while the Institute has coordinated college internships for several years, the concept of a high school internship is new.

"Although the internships are unpaid, Averett will generously award interns with $5,000 scholarships that can be received for up to four years if the student attends Averett," Glenn said. "These scholarships provide a financial incentive that adds value and validity to the program, and we greatly appreciate the recognition and support that Averett bestows to us."

Glenn sees the program having a positive long term effect. "It's important for us to develop programs that meet identified needs in our community, and these internships will clearly help interns develop an understanding of the competencies needed throughout their career."

Although the program is new for this year, Glenn expects the scholarships to immediately spark a high level of interest. At a potential award of $20,000 per student, the new Averett scholarship is the largest associated with the Institute.

"Thanks to the scholarships offered by Averett, we anticipate greater exposure for the program which will foster increased student and parent awareness. Like the internship program for college students, I expect the program will be highly competitive."

As part of its mission to provide innovative education and realistic workplace experience for local students across several career areas, the Institute welcomes interns and part time workers year round. Education at the Institute for Advanced Learning and Research focus on science, technology, engineering and math (STEM), to include K-12, undergraduate, graduate and lifelong learning programs.

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