PEF Passport Scholars Share Summer Experiences

Friday, October 18, 2013

Eleven 11th grade girls shared their summer enrichment experiences as PEF Passport Scholars with members of the community on Thursday evening.  The young women constructed engaging visual displays and acted as docents during a reception to honor their achievements.

 

“Passport Scholars represent the wonderful potential of Hamilton County high school students.

  These young women went through a rigorous application process last fall, including interviews with a panel of community members.  You could see how much they have grown from those first meetings just by talking with them during the Showcase. We’re so proud of our 2013 Scholars!” said Stacy Lightfoot, Vice President of College and Career Success and Passport Scholars Coordinator. 

 

Passport Scholars provides guidance and funding for a small number of girls to participate in prestigious summer experiences each year.  Passport Scholars enter the program with little exposure to the larger world, and after participating return more confident, capable and open-minded. With the opportunity to travel, meet new people and see new worlds, Scholars are better equipped to make a difference in their own lives and communities.

Cassandra McAllister of East Hamilton High said, “I think people can tell a difference in me in the fact that I talk a lot more and I’m not nearly as shy as I used to be. When I went to Smith I didn’t know anyone, so the only way I could make friends was to talk. So that’s what I did. Now I can talk to almost anyone, where I normally would have just kept quiet.”

 

The summer experience lays a foundation upon which to build for college and for life.  In addition to funding the summer programs, Passport Scholars helps the participating girls set and achieve long-term goals and offers one-on-one mentoring and college counseling.

Passport Scholars began in 2001 as an independent scholarship program and is now a partnership between PEF, the Hamilton County Department of Education, and the Community Foundation of Greater Chattanooga with support from the Weldon F. Osborne Foundation and Kitty & Hacker Caldwell. The following is a list of 2013 PEF Passport Scholars:

 

LaDeja Thirkill, Hamilton County High
Explore-A-College Program - Earlham College  - Richmond, IN

Hailey Larkin, Center for Creative Arts
Robert Cook Honors College - Indiana University of Pennsylvania 

Cassandra McAllister, East Hamilton High
Smith Science and Engineering -  Smith College -  Northampton, MA 

Shania Douglas, East Ridge High 
SuperScholar EXCEL Program -  Xavier University of Louisiana - New Orleans, LA

Joanna Hernandez, East Ridge High
Summer Theater Camp -  Texas State University - San Marcos, TX

Mikaela Nunley, Hixson High
Summer Scholars Academy -  Texas Lutheran University - Seguin, TX 

Angelia Umbreit, The Howard School
Explore-A-College Program - Earlham College -  Richmond, IN

Davida Jones, Ooltewah High
Explore-A-College Program - Earlham College - Richmond, IN

Kailey Bowman, Red Bank High
Jump Start Program in Criminology-  Xavier University - Cincinnati, OH

Katie Sneed, Red Bank High
Acadia Institute of Oceanography -  Seal Harbor, ME

Sheyenne Williams, Soddy Daisy High
Adventures in Veterinary Medicine - Tufts University - Grafon, MA


MathCounts Cancelled This Week

The e-week MathCounts event scheduled for  this Saturday  has been cancelled due to unforeseen schedule conflicts among the competing teams. Jeff Parris, organizer for this event, regrets any inconvenience this may cause those who had planned to help with the event. Jeff can be reached at  423-503-8766 . (click for more)

Lee University YAPD Grant Recipients Announced

The Office of Alumni Relations at Lee University has announced the winners of the second annual Young Alumni Professional Development Grant.  The YAPD Grant program supports alumni participating in initiatives, events, trainings and projects related to professional development. The grant is open to all Lee University alumni, regardless of academic major or professional experience, ... (click for more)

Underground Fire Closes Several Downtown Streets

An underground fire closed several downtown streets late Saturday afternoon. At approximately 5:20 p.m., the Chattanooga Fire Department responded to a reported fire in a man-hole at the corner of Chestnut Street and W. 8th Street. When fire companies arrived on the scene, they found black smoke coming from an underground electrical service line. The man-hole cover had been ... (click for more)

16-Year-Old Who Was Shot In The Head In East Ridge Dies

Monserrate Ferrer, the 16-year-old who was shot in East Ridge on Friday, has died. Investigators will meet early next week with the Hamilton County District Attorney's Office to discuss the case. The shooting that involved two juveniles was at the 4200 block of Bennett Road. Responding officers found a 16-year-old boy in the bedroom with a gunshot wound to the head. East ... (click for more)

The City Failed To Watch The Chattanooga History Museum Dollars

The tell tale signs of the History Museum's folly have been evident for years. When I was a former member of City Council I interviewed Dr. Daryl Black, Ph.D. to determine if I should argue for or against the annual funding of his organization. His interview, the multi-year history of administrative non-performance (despite consistent repetitive funding), and a review of the organizational ... (click for more)

Roy Exum: Greenholtz: A No-Brainer

I am going to make this as simple as I possibly can. There are three fine lawyers now running for Criminal Court Judge and anywhere you go there will be people who like and admire Tom Greenholtz, Boyd Patterson and Mike Little. But when we select a judge, it should never be based on popularity. That’s why Gov. Haslam picked Greenholtz over both Little and Patterson this summer to ... (click for more)