Graduation Really Achieves Dreams! (GRAD)
2015- May 31-June 12
150 students from Austin East and Fulton High Schools (Knoxville, TN) will participate in a one-week, residential pre-college enrichment experience. Seventy-five students will attend each week, May 31-June 5 and June 7-12, 2015. Participants will reside in Laurel Hall with food services provided by UT Dining (Aramark).
The academic enrichment experience includes three core courses each morning, from 8:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. including College Research Skills, Math and English. Afternoons will include participation in one of seven “academic tracks” ranging from Science, Technology, Education and Mathematics (STEM) to Sport and Recreation Management from 2:00 p.m. to 4:00 p.m.
Students participate in on-campus (T-RECS) and off-campus recreation/social programs each week. Each Friday, Summer Institute scholars participate in community service projects throughout the Knoxville area. They volunteer with local community agencies such as Socially Equal Energy Efficient Development (SEEED), Knoxville Area Rescue Mission (KARM), and the Phyllis Wheatley Center.
A closing/graduation ceremony is presented for each group on Friday, June 5 and Friday, June 12. Scholars receive a certificate of completion and a $150 stipend from Project GRAD Knoxville for completing the UT Summer Institute. Upon completing both the Pellissippi and UT Summer Institutes and graduating with a minimum 2.5 high school GPA, participants are eligible to receive a $4,000 scholarship from Project GRAD Knoxville.