Chaminade University recently received a $25,000 grant from the Kosasa Foundation in continued support of its Emerging Scholars Early College program. Now in its second year, the program is designed to promote pathways to college for rural Kaua‘i high school students.
Open to qualified high school juniors and seniors, the Emerging Scholars program gives students a chance to discover and explore their passions and academic interests while earning dual-enrollment (high school and college) credits. For the 2022-2023 academic year, the program plans to enroll 40 Kapa‘a High school juniors and seniors.
“We are extremely proud of our Emerging Scholars Early College program and grateful to the Kosasa Foundation for its ongoing support,” said Chaminade President Dr. Lynn Babington. “Programs like this allow Chaminade to provide access to college education for rural high school students, enhancing their enrichment opportunities and ability to grow as civic minded individuals.”
The Emerging Scholars Early College program is comprised of distance learning featuring Chaminade faculty and guest speakers. At the beginning of each semester, a team of Chaminade faculty and staff will visit Kapa‘a High School for an orientation with students, parents and teachers. At the completion of the academic year, students will participate in a culminating event on Chaminade’s campus, where they will stay in the residence hall and enjoy a sample college experience.
In its first year, the Emerging Scholars program on Kaua‘i, which was also funded by the Kosasa Foundation, had a cohort of 24 juniors and seniors from Kapa‘a High School.
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