They’re motivated; they’re enthusiastic and energetic; they’re Mid-Shore Scholars. As high school students enrolled in the Mid-Shore Scholars branch of Talbot Mentors, they aspire to college and career goals and to be the first in their families to attend college. Additionally, five of the 22 scholars will participate in a pilot literacy program, MSS Literacy Squad (MSS Lit Squad), which will pair them with 1st to 6th graders who are enrolled in Talbot Mentors. These high school scholars will provide positive role models for the young, emerging readers in need of one-on-one tutoring. Starting virtually, the program will reinforce sight words, vocabulary, fluency, and reading comprehension.
Scholars realize that they are benefitting from an exceptional program that provides weekly tutoring, workshops emphasizing teamwork, listening, and application of academic skills, virtual college tours, and the friendship and support of like-minded peers. The two juniors and three seniors participating in the new literacy program are excited to begin encouraging the young mentees to work on reading skills and to feel the rewards of success. Scholars, in turn, will practice responsibility, commitment, and participate in community service – a program that will enhance the lives of all involved.
The excitement was palpable on September 12 as 19 scholars arrived at the building for their first in-person, masked and socially distanced session this year. Three attended remotely and all are ready to accept the challenges of the new, unusual academic year. Nine seniors will be guided though the steps of choosing, applying to and deciding on a college. They will then join the two 2020 graduates who are enrolled in their freshman year of college. For an organization just over a year old, the successes have been exceptional.
There are some openings for high school freshmen, sophomores and juniors with good academic records who aspire to attend college. These individuals are encouraged to visit www.midshorescholars.org for information about the organization, an online application, and interview procedures.