Athens, Ga. – Thirty high school students experienced an in-depth look at the University of Georgia’s nationally recognized Honors Program when they attended the inaugural Honors Program Summer Academy held on July 22-24. The students represented 19 high schools from around the state and were nominated by their high school principal or guidance counselor to attend.
During the weekend, the students lived in Myers Hall, ate in Bolton Dining Commons, attended two faculty-led seminars and participated in various other sessions designed to acquaint them with UGA and the Honors Program, including informational panels and social activities.
“I was very pleased to host this motivated group of students,” said David S. Williams, director of the Honors Program. “I know that the Summer Academy gave them an accurate picture of the vast number of opportunities available to them in the Honors Program and at the university.”
Lawrence Jarvis, a high school senior from Decatur said “the weekend was very informative and a great experience. UGA moved from number 4 to number 1 on my list of schools.”
Williams indicated that the schools were identified with the assistance of the Office of Admissions and each school could nominate up to two academically motivated rising seniors. “We invited students from high schools that are underrepresented at UGA, and the main goal of the Summer Academy is to attract the top students from these schools to UGA and the Honors Program to ensure that the flagship institution reaches out across the state,” noted Williams.
“The Summer Academy provided me with valuable information regarding special programs at UGA,” said Kelly Vines, a high school senior from Villa Rica. “This experience further solidified my desire to attend UGA.”
For more information about the University of Georgia Honors Program, visit www.uga.edu/honors.