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University of Scranton launches business scholars program

Program open to high school students

SCRANTON, LACKAWANNA COUNTY (WBRE/WYOU) - If you're a parent of a young child or teenager, chances are you're worried about the cost of a college education.

The University of Scranton is looking to save students who are interested in business some money.

The University of Scranton is launching a "Business High School Scholars Program" this summer.

The college is now looking for teenagers who want to be a part of it.

The campus was quiet Monday. Students are on spring break but this summer the campus could be filled with dozens of high school students.

That is because the University of Scranton is launching a new pilot program which will give high school students interested in business the ability to take classes at a reduced rate.

"We're really trying to bridge it that there should be no economic barrier for people in need that want to get through this program," Douglas Boyle, Accounting Department chairman said.

The new "Business High School Scholars Program" will build on another program for high school students that is already in place but is more general in nature.

"It's a huge discount off the regular tuition rate so students can get a three credit class for only about $525 and they can take multiple classes over their time while they're still in high school and get those credits to count towards college," Rebekah Bernard with the University of Scranton Admissions Office said.

What will set this new business program apart is many of the faculty involved have agreed to not take a salary for the courses they teach.

That money will be used to provide scholarship support for students in need.

"For us, that's a very small contribution that we can make if we can impact 30, 40 or 60 local students in a positive way. That's what it is about!" Boyle said.

For the high school students that enroll, being part of the program could realistically save them thousands of dollars, putting them on a path to an accelerated degree among other benefits.

"It gives them a couple opportunities, first, try it out and make sure they really like it!" Bernard said.

The University of Scranton says its new "Business High School Scholars Program" will be open to high school sophomores and juniors with a GPA of 3.3 or higher.

An information session for the program is planned for next Wednesday, March 21 at 6:30 PM at Brennan Hall at the University of Scranton.

 


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