SCRANTON — South Abington Township resident Sarah Pineiro, who will attend Abington Heights High School, was among 21 rising ninth-grade students who completed The University of Scranton’s University of Success summer institute, held on campus in July. The two-week summer institute is the initial event for incoming members of the University of Success, a four-year, pre-college mentorship program.
During the summer institute, students participated in physics classes where they raced windmills and analyzed water samples at a biology laboratory session in the Loyola Science Center that included interaction with live turtles, tortoises and a snake. The students participated in service projects at the university’s community garden, Leahy Center and the St. Francis of Assisi Kitchen. The students also visited the Lackawanna Coal Mine Tour at McDade Park, Pocono Environmental Education Center and learned about how physics is applied for amusement rides at Dorney Park.
The goal of the University of Success is to assist participating students successfully complete high school and gain entrance into a college or university. The program helps students achieve this goal through a variety of activities and services from their current grade until they graduate from high school. The students who complete the summer institute continue to meet at the University of once a month throughout their high school years.
The University of Success, offered free of charge to participants, is funded almost entirely by corporate and foundation grants. Donors to the program include AT&T, Charles A. Frueauff Foundation, Dime Bank, Fidelity Bank, Kuehner Family Foundation, Medico Industries, MetLife Foundation, Overlook Estate Foundation, Peoples Security Bank and Trust, Prudential Foundation, Waste Management, Weis Markets and Wells Fargo.
Information provided by The University of Scranton