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May 30, 2007

First Science Bound class bound for Purdue with full scholarships

WEST LAFAYETTE, Ind. -
Allias Jones
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Thirty Science Bound students who have earned four-year scholarships to Purdue University will celebrate the next step in their academic careers during Indianapolis Public Schools graduation ceremonies through June 11.

Science Bound, a program initiated by Purdue President Martin C. Jischke, mentors eighth-grade to 12th-grade IPS students and encourages them to take classes in preparation for future careers in science, engineering, technology, agriculture and math-science education. Upon acceptance, the students receive an opportunity to earn a full-tuition scholarship to Purdue to study in an approved technical field.

Twenty-five of the students have enrolled at Purdue. They will begin classes Aug. 20.

"Of the many exciting programs and initiatives we have launched at Purdue the past seven years, this one has exceeded our loftiest expectations," Jischke said. "It has been so successful that it has prompted some Science Bound parents to work toward earning a college degree themselves. The continued success of this program will remain of avid interest to me."

Since 2002 the students have participated in after-school academic enrichment activities and field trips, including anthropological digs, visits to the Indianapolis Symphony, career fairs and summer camps sponsored by Purdue academic departments. They also completed internships last summer with Purdue professors or Indianapolis businesses, many of which also provided scholarship funding.

Wesley Campbell, Science Bound director, said the program illustrates what can be done when a major university, school corporation and the business community join forces.

"We consider Science Bound to be an amazing success," Campbell said. "Before Purdue initiated the program, an average of only 25 students from the entire IPS system applied to Purdue. Our program alone has helped that number to double."

Campbell said five students who completed the program and were admitted to Purdue are pursuing studies at other colleges and universities or are considering other options.

"Since most of our students are the first in their families to attend college, we consider any enrollment in continuing education a success story," Campbell said. "We should also note that the majority of the students who did not complete the program transferred out of the IPS system or decided to pursue non-science related studies."

Allias Jones, a senior at Arsenal Technical High School in Indianapolis who plans to study engineering at Purdue, said he is proud to have completed the program. He said Science Bound offered hands-on experience that will serve him well as a student.

"Learning lab procedures during my chemical engineering internship on campus last summer will help when I conduct my own experiments this fall," Jones said. "Science Bound also has given me experiences that I wouldn't otherwise have, such as meeting engineers in the field. It's a great program that I would recommend to every IPS student in junior high who is considering it."

Approximately 250 students from eighth grade through high school will continue in the Science Bound program in the fall.

Writer: Marydell Forbes, (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu

Sources: Wesley Campbell, (765) 494-0018, wesleyl@purdue.edu

Allias Jones, (317) 443-1612,  platinumphoenix01@hotmail.com

Purdue News Service: (765) 494-2096; purduenews@purdue.edu

Note to Journalists: A complete list of IPS schools with graduating Science Bound students and commencement dates is available by contacting Marydell Forbes, Purdue News Service, at (765) 496-7704, mforbes@purdue.edu.

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