Matching funds open governor's school at CMU
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The Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences will enroll students this summer at Carnegie Mellon University, three years after state budget cuts prompted the commonwealth to eliminate it and other governor's schools around the state.
An agreement between the state and Carnegie Mellon to offer the instruction has been signed, Timothy Eller, a spokesman for the state Department of Education, said Tuesday.
Of the state's most promising high school students, 56 will be selected to attend the campus for five weeks beginning June 30 to study biology, chemistry, computer science, math and physics.
The instruction, intended for students who are in the summer before their senior year, is hosted by the Mellon College of Science.
To pay for the program, an organization assembled by school alumni raised $150,000 from private and corporate sources to match a grant of the same amount by the state Education Department, officials said.
The application deadline for this summer's instruction has been extended until Feb. 15. Those selected for the June 30 through Aug. 3 program will receive full tuition and room and board.
Every graduate of the program has gone on to college, and nine out of 10 went on to careers in science, technology, engineering or math, university officials said.
First Published January 22, 2013 12:00 am