The Citizen Scholars Institute was awarded a $7,400 grant from OneSpartanburg Tuesday, June 26, 2018, during the second annual Citizen Scholars Summit at the Spartanburg Community College Downtown Campus. The grant will be used to allow all eighth-graders enrolled in Citizen Scholars to participate in a yearlong robot building course as part of the group’s Seminar Saturdays program.
“The Citizen Scholars STEM Seminar directly addresses low educational attainment within underrepresented students in Spartanburg as identified in the OneSpartanburg plan,” Betsy Sikma, the Spartanburg Area Chamber of Commerce’s vice president for talent and economic inclusion, said in a statement. “We recognize that in order to raise standards to develop our homegrown talent to be the best and brightest they can be, we have to start with high-impact programs like this one.”
Citizen Scholars has more than 200 children and teens from Spartanburg County public schools enrolled in its program, which helps the students develop the attitudes and skills to reach their college and career goals.