Marlboro College

NewsArea Businesses Fund Scholarships for Summer Tech Camps

MARLBORO, VT - What do Gateway Travel, Southeastern Vermont Career Education Center and The Woodstone Company all agree on?

The importance of fair and universal access to technology. These local organizations and businesses, along with Websound, the Brattleboro Branch of the American Association of University Women, FiberMark, Growing Design, Baker's, and Neil Joseph and Sonnax Industries, Inc., have come together to fund a scholarship program that allows local students to attend tech camps at the Marlboro College Technology Center.

The camps are part of a program the college initiated to make the Technology Center's state-of-the-art resources available to the community. The annual summer Tech Camp for Middle School Girls, for example, aims to address a well-documented problem: girls who have previously succeeded in the sciences lose interest as early adolescents. Meanwhile, the August co-ed tech camp is offered in conjunction with the Brattleboro Museum and Art Center, focusing on Web designs inspired by the museum's current exhibit "Passages." The camps' $300 attendance fee, which covers the costs of administrating the project, hiring teachers, and providing snacks and materials, can preclude some students from attending. That's where the scholarship fund steps in.

"Marlboro College is committed to continuing these camps to help area children to better understand how the Internet works and how their growing technological skills can expand their future opportunities," says Mary B. Greene, the Tech Center's director of community and special programs, who heads the scholarship initiative. "Through a camp scholarship program supported by the generosity of local organizations, we will be able to welcome students with financial needs to these programs." So far, 17 scholarships have been awarded to local students in all four of the Tech Center's camps. Area businesses or organizations interested in contributing to the scholarship program should contact Greene at (802) 258-9210 or mbgreene@techcenter.marlboro.edu.

Founded in 1946, Marlboro College offers undergraduate education in the liberal arts and, since 1997, graduate study focused in Internet technologies. Its 300 undergraduate students enjoy a 7:1 student-faculty ratio, a voice in governing the college community, and individualized courses of study on a 300-acre campus in the hills of southern Vermont. Marlboro's nearby Brattleboro-based Persons School features three master's degree programs -- Internet Strategy Management, Teaching with Internet Technologies, and Internet Engineering. The Brattleboro campus is located in the Marlboro College Technology Center, which brings together education and entrepreneurship, while offering technology resources to the community.

More information about the college is available at http://www.marlboro.edu.

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