Vice President for Diversity and Community Engagement Dr. Gregory Vincent officially welcomed the Longhorn Center for Academic Excellence summer scholars to The University of Texas at Austin at the Fourth Annual Dinner with the Vice President June 9.
The Summer Scholars Program participants, who will all attend The University of Texas at Austin in the fall, are recent high school graduates who have already overcome significant adversity in their academic careers and become leaders and role models in their communities. They hail from across Texas and will spend June 2 – July 7 on campus in a six week residential program, taking two summer session courses and participating in undergraduate research in order to college credit while also getting to know the UT campus before the start of their freshman year.
“It’s meaningful to me because I know it’s going to prepare me for the fall in my trainsition from high school to college,” said summer scholar Veronica Jacquez. “It’s a head start.” Jacquez, who graduated May 28 as valedictorian of Lincoln High School in Dallas, addressed her peers at the dinner.
Dr. Vincent also spoke to the new Longhorns, reminding them that “there is no microwave for success,” and encouraging them to “hang out with people smarter than you,” and find ways to give back to the community.
To learn more about the Summer Scholars Program, please visit the program’s page on the DDCE Web site.