Students receive scholarships to summer program

Ten Scioto County high school students have been awarded a scholarship to be among nearly 400 students to attend the Summer Scholars program, offered at Miami University.

The two-week program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Two sessions are available this year — July 3-15 and July 17-29 – with about 200 students participating in each session. In the evenings, students participate in workshops and enjoy special activities such as a trip to King’s Island. The program is available to students entering their junior or senior year of high school, ideally with a 3.5 grade point average or higher.

Ten Scioto County high school students have received scholarships to attend the program, thanks to the Bess and Marie Pixley Fund at The Scioto Foundation. Those students are Mila Anderson of South Webster High School, Gracie Evans of Portsmouth High School, Abbey Halcomb of Portsmouth High School, Bailey Horsley of Portsmouth High School, Ava McCleese of Clay High School, Taylor Mershon of Portsmouth High School, Skylar Minzelli of Minford High School, Andreya Queen of Portsmouth High School, Victoria Vastine of Northwest High School, and Parker Williams of South Webster High School.

The Bess and Marie Pixley Fund has provided scholarships for the Summer Scholars program for the past 20 years.

Students will work with Miami’s world-renowned faculty in intensive academic modules centered around a specific topic of interest, with themes like fine arts, entrepreneurship, medicine, social justice, sports management, and more. They will experience college life and acquire learning experiences designed to prepare them for the college application process, including workshops focused on application essay writing, ACT/SAT test prep, and developing marketable leadership skills.

While the deadline for scholarships from The Scioto Foundation has passed, scholarships are still available by Miami University. The Summer Scholars application is available on the Miami University website, at, and the deadline to apply is May 1.

The program is locally coordinated by Sharee Price of the South Central Ohio Educational Service Center. For more information about the ESC, visit, or follow on Facebook and Twitter.