High school students offered a head start in Arts
by Leslie Vryenhoek
The Faculty of Arts wants to entice more high school students to take advantage of Concurrent Studies, which allows them to take introductory courses at Memorial while still in Grade 12. As an incentive, Arts is offering $100 awards to defray tuition costs for top students who enrol in Faculty of Arts courses in the upcoming fall and winter semesters. Ten awards will be given in each semester.
“Concurrent Studies offers a great opportunity for high school students with excellent academic records to take a course or two and get a head start on university,” explained Prof. Peter Ayres, associate dean (undergraduate).
“It’s ideal for students who are ready for a higher level of scholarship than is available at the high school level, or who are interested in an area that is not part of the high school curriculum.” He added that it also lets students get a taste of university life before they are dealing with a full courseload.
Although Concurrent Studies has been in place for a number of years, it has not drawn very many students. However, the Faculty of Arts has begun actively promoting the option to educators, students and parents.
Denise Hooper, senior career development officer for Arts, is co-ordinating the initiative. “Teachers and guidance counsellors have been very excited about and supportive of the initiative. They see it as a great opportunity for their students.”