Flores attends institute for promising scholars

Flores attends institute for promising scholars Thirty-five incoming freshmen are participating in the Summer Institute for Promising Scholars June 9 through July 23 at the University of Nebraska-Lincoln.

Xaviera Flores, Vermillion, is among the participants. She will major in film studies at UNL.

The institute is a six-week residential program for high school seniors who will attend Nebraska in the fall of 2004 and are members of U.S. racial minority populations that are underrepresented at the university. Since 1993, 351 students have participated in the program, which is designed to increase the retention and graduation rates of students from underrepresented populations.

The institute provides an opportunity for incoming first year students to complete two courses during the summer, become acquainted with the various UNL programs and services, and develop support networks on campus. In its 11-year history, the institute has helped develop a core of student leaders who have served as role models for students through their involvement as campus leaders.

Students who are selected to participate in the institute receive a full scholarship and room and board during the six-week program. Upon completion of the program, each student receives a $1,000 tuition scholarship for the first year of studies.

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