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UAF college prep program seeks students

Submitted by Jim Kowalsky
Phone: (907) 474-6886

12/16/03

High school juniors and seniors in rural Alaska are encouraged to apply for the upcoming Rural Alaska Honors Institute (RAHI), a six-week college preparatory program at the University of Alaska Fairbanks designed to help students succeed in college by sharpening academic and coping skills.

This summer students from around the state will experience college life by living on the UAF campus in a residence hall staffed by full-time tutor counselors. They'll earn college credit in courses such as writing for college, study skills, pre-calculus, Alaska Native psychology, biochemistry, introduction to geosciences, an optional computer course, swimming and Alaska Native dance.

"The RAHI community experience is an important step for students from rural Alaska," said Jim Kowalsky, RAHI program director. "In just six weeks students build a strong support system that helps them succeed in college and beyond."

Over the years RAHI alumni have earned 144 baccalaureate degrees, 64 associate degrees, 31 certificates, 15 master's degrees, six Ph.D.s and one medical degree.

"Nearly 150 more students are currently in college working toward their degrees," said Kowalsky. "We're proud of their accomplishments."

The program, funded in 1983 at the request of the Alaska Federation of Natives, helps build a life-long community of scholars and supportive friendships, meeting social and academic challenges. Many RAHI alumni are now in Alaska's professional workforce employed in the public and private sectors.

Money to pay for travel, tuition, room, board, books and supplies is awarded to applicants selected to attend. Interested students need at least a 3.0 grade point average. The application deadline is March 31, 2004. Program dates are May 2–July 3, 2004, one week earlier than recent years.

Applications may be downloaded at http://www.uaf.edu/rahi/, obtained from school counselors, or by contacting RAHI at (800) 478-6886 or e-mail fyrahi@uaf.edu. The program is structured under UAF's College of Rural Alaska.

CONTACT: Jim Kowalsky, RAHI director at (907) 474-6886 or e-mail fyrahi@uaf.edu.

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