Each PTY session we receive requests for financial aid from high-ability students with financial need. Many of these students demonstrate a household income that qualifies them for free or reduced lunch—a severe financial hardship that necessitates further assistance to access our programs. Talent development research suggests that accelerated out-of-school programs, such as those offered by PTY, are extremely beneficial for students from low-income households. These students make great gains in achievement when given unique opportunities beyond the school day. Currently, approximately 10-15 percent of eligible PTY students receive some type of financial aid up to a reduction of 90 percent in tuition, depending on need; still, many students decline enrollment because the amount owed causes financial hardship to their family.
With your help we can provide quality programs to high-ability students of need, and we can continue to equip those who work with them with the proper strategies, research, and education to help these students achieve. Programs for Talented Youth, as part of Vanderbilt University, is a non-profit 501(c)(3) organization. All donations are tax-deductible.
We could show you hundreds of comments from PTY students, parents, and instructors (faculty, Ph.D, students, and local educators) who have benefited from one of our programs. We could highlight the quality of instuctors and boast national contributions to their personal field of study. We could report how the research indicates that students benefit greatly from academic accelerated programs outside the school day, or we could highlight the quality of a Vanderbilt experience, as it is consistently named as one of the top universities in the nation. We could also talk about how high-ability students are under-served and need additional services to reach their potential. All of these are valid reasons to support PTY. However, our main reasons focus on student access and investment in the future.
Access. Have you benefited from special academic programs through PTY or through other accelerated opportunities in the past? Do you have a passion for supporting the future? Do you want to make a difference in a young student’s life?
You can help us provide opportunities for the next generation who will change history for the better. Many capable students attend schools that focus on teaching for the test instead of learning. High-ability students are at risk because of this practice. Moreover, several researchers have found that students who attend Title I schools (schools with high rates of students on free and reduced lunch) are less likely to have access to a rigorous curriculum and highly qualified teachers. When additional school programs are instituted they rarely focus on high-ability learners. Financial barriers prevent many talented students from low-income households from attending accelerated opportunities.
Advanced students, regardless of socioeconomic status, need access to rigorous, accelerated curriculum and opportunities to extend their learning. By donating to PTY, regardless of how small or large the donation, you can help provide access to a rigorous and rewarding academic experience for students who may not otherwise enroll.
Investment. Students must be prepared for life in a global economy. Now more than ever we need critical thinkers and problem solvers. We need to expose our students to complex issues earlier in their school career and help them understand the complexities of life in the 21st century. We need to invest in our future. There is no greater resource than the investment of the mind and the education of highly capable students. Please consider donating today.
Programs for Talented Youth works with organizations, companies, foundations, and individuals who are interested in directly supporting students’ attendance through named scholarships. Scholarships are based on criteria defined by the supporting organization, company, foundation, or individual and vary year-to-year.
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