Opportunities for High School Students

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Summer Apprenticeship Program
College of Agriculture, Human and Natural Sciences

Purpose of this program:
The College seeks to increase enrollment with students who are interested in attending Tennessee State University and pursuing a degree in Agricultural Sciences or Family and Consumer Sciences.  

The program’s main goals are to:
1) stimulate interest in careers related to agricultural, consumer, and environmental sciences; cooperative extension and agricultural research;

2) provide greater awareness and information concerning financial assistance;

3) offer a positive avenue for youth to spend a portion of their summer in experiential learning;

4) afford high school students the opportunity to learn basic and advanced technologies essential for environmental caretaking at the local, state, national, and global levels;

5) provide a constructive program that will teach students about educational and career opportunities in the Agricultural and Consumer Sciences;

6) build a network of university and high school faculty and staff to promote Tennessee State University as a destination for the higher education of promising high school graduates.

Overview of the Program

A. Participants
Up to Fifteen (15) high school students, including rising seniors and graduating seniors, will be competitively selected to participate as Summer Apprentices.

Eligible applicants must be U.S. Citizens

Requirements for the Summer Apprenticeship Program

Junior

  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA (on a 4.0 scale). Please be reminded, selections are limited, therefore a GPA of 3.0 and above will be given preference.
  • Provide two recommendation letters from teacher/counselor or community leader
  • Must be willing to participate in all Program activities
  • Must complete, sign and submit a copy of the Program Application by deadline

 Senior

  • Must have a minimum of 2.5 GPA or 19 ACT (900 SAT). Please be reminded, selections are limited, therefore a 21 ACT (980 SAT), or overall weighted minimum 3.0 GPA will be given preference.
  • By projected high school graduation date, must meet Admissions Unit requirements for Tennessee State University (TSU)
  • Must apply for admission to TSU
  • Must be willing to consider pursuing a degree in Agriculture or Family and Consumer Sciences
  • Provide two recommendation letters from teacher/counselor or community leader
  • Must be willing to participate in all Program activities
  • Must complete, sign and submit a copy of the Program Application by deadline


B. Program Duration
The Apprenticeship Program will run for five (5) weeks.

C. Program Benefits
Program participants will:
   1. Be chaperoned by a graduate student
   2. Be provided campus housing
   3. Be provided a university meal plan (three meals per day M-F, and two meals on Saturdays and Sundays)
   4. Be provided a stipend of $1,000.00

D. Daily Activities
    Monday – Thursday
   1. Each student will be assigned to work and study with a senior faculty member in the College of Agriculture, Human and
       Natural Sciences.
   2. Each student will be assigned a research project to include data collection, analysis, and presentation and discussion of
      facts and conclusions.
 
   Friday
   Group activities (local tours and other specifics to be determined)

   Saturday – Sunday
   Structured group recreational activities sponsored by faculty and staff.

E. How to Apply
    Download the application form and submit by March 15, 2016.






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