Erin Holaday

Robinson Scholars Revamps Its Program

Published: Sep 21, 2011

LEXINGTON, Ky. (Sept. 21, 2011) — A premiere first-generation scholarship program at the University of Kentucky is undergoing a transformation.

 

The Robinson Scholars Program (RSP) at the University of Kentucky, originally launched in 1997, has instituted a new selection process that promises to benefit more eastern Kentucky students throughout their high school careers.

 

Traditionally, RSP has selected 29 scholarship recipients at the beginning of their high school careers. The program worked intensely with those students to prepare them for college, and at the conclusion of the high school program, those students came to the university on a full scholarship.

 

The new approach will delay selection of scholarship recipients until the end of the junior year of high school. New scholarship recipients will be chosen in 2013. In the new approach, the program will select as many as 110 students in the 29-county service region to compete for scholarships as part of the Robinson Leadership Pool.

 

"At the high school level, we will serve about three times as many students each year,” said RSP Director Jeff Spradling. “The intent is to prepare even more first generation students in our region, regardless of where they attend college. We will still select 29 Robinson Scholars to come to UK each year, but students not selected will also benefit from a high-powered college preparatory experience."

 

In May 2011, 91 Robinson Leaders were inducted into the program.

 

In addition to participation in programs sponsored by RSP, Robinson Leaders are expected to pursue enrichment on their own, demonstrating work in three core areas of development, including community service, participation in extra-curricular activities, and dedication to academic excellence.

 

RSP provides programming to participants at no cost to students, such as college visits, weekend retreats and summer camps focusing especially on competence in science, technology, engineering and math (STEM).

 

“We realize that not every student will choose a STEM discipline as a career path, but all students must take science and math in college, and we want to make sure these courses aren’t a barrier for our students,” Spradling said. “We will continue to offer a range of academic training in our programs -- including writing, public speaking, and social sciences -- but we believe that STEM training is essential.”

 

The program staff is also hopeful that delaying scholar selection will help RSP attract and develop east Kentucky’s best and brightest among first-generation students, or those whose parents do not hold four-year college degrees. It will also introduce a healthy competition for the scholarship that will improve the entire group.

 

“Our first Robinson Leaders are amazing students. They are involved in community service. They represent their schools in a range of extra-curricular activities, and they are very talented academically,” Spradling said. “The raw talent and commitment of these young people is inspiring.”

 

Two years ago, Robinson Scholars students from UK spent their summer in Montana researching water resources and hiking through the wilderness. Students saw research outside of the lab, acquiring confidence and pride in their accomplishments.

 

Video by Amy Jones, UKPR. For a full video transcript, please see below.

 

The Robinson Scholars Program service area includes the following counties: Bell, Breathitt, Carter, Clay, Elliott, Estill, Floyd, Harlan, Jackson, Johnson, Knott, Knox, Lawrence, Laurel, Lee, Leslie, Letcher, Magoffin, Martin, McCreary, Menifee, Morgan, Owsley, Perry, Pike Powell, Rockcastle, Whitley and Wolfe.

 

Students chosen to be Robinson Scholars receive a full scholarship to UK or to a school in the Kentucky Community and Technical College System.

 

“The Robinson Scholars Program represents a significant investment in the people of east Kentucky,” said Spradling, who hails from Menifee County, which is included in the RSP service region. “Our new approach will allow us to have a positive impact on the lives of even more deserving students.”

 

The program will begin taking applications for the second group of Robinson Leaders in November 2011. Ninth graders in the service region will be eligible to apply.

 

For more information about application to the program, contact Jessica Watkins in the program’s Jackson office at (606) 666-2438, extension 232 or check out the program's new Web site at http://www.uky.edu/RobinsonScholars/.

 

pic12.jpgpic24.jpg
File Downloads
November
 
 
 
 
 
 
1
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
College of Pharmacy Open House
Iron Pour
UK Women's Choir 20th Anniversary Concert
Adventure Hiking & Rappelling @ Red River Gorge
Pickin' Time Mountain Music and Harvest Day
Purposeful Retirement: Planning Your Next Stage of Life
Diwali Dhoom 2014
Sat
2
UK Percussion Ensemble
Day Hike
Curator Tour: Take My Word For It
Sun
3
Industry Career Week: Resumes and Cover Letters
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Morehead State
Mon
4
Industry Career Week: How to Impress Your Boss in 90 Days
Rock Star Professionalism Series
UK Lab Band
Tue
5
Industry Career Week: Networking and Job Search
Social Enterprise and Innovation / Certified Nonprofit Professional Program Informational Meeting
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Appalachian Forum with Dr. Fran Ansley
Dana Harper Gallery Reception
Wed
6
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Zona Sur
LNFS Presents: The Grand Budapest Hotel
UK Jazz Ensemble
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Abstract Workshop
Lauren Potter
Thu
7
LNFS Presents: V for Vendetta
Last Day to Withdraw or Reduce Course Load
Circle of Love Name Distribution
R.C. May Photography Lecture Series: Marvin Heiferman
Men's Soccer vs. Charlotte
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Georgia
Free Friday Evening Swing Dance
Fri
8
Kentucky Football vs. Georgia
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
The Power of Poetry
The Lexington Lowdown and Free Lindy Hop Workshop
Swing Dance Featuring Live music by"The Metrognomes Orchestra"
Sat
9
UK Combos Concert
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Missouri
Sun
10
Circle of Love Name Distribution
Mon
11
UK Sax Ensembles
Job Club - Interviewing Strategies
Undergraduate Research Information Session
Jose Abisambra Presentation on Current Alzheimer's Research
Women of the World: Judy Smith
Tue
12
Internship Info Session
LNFS Presents: Reservoir Dogs
Refugee Life in America
#UKEDTALKS: International Opportunities for Education Majors
Leadership Assessment
Wed
13
Career Assessment Workshop
LNFS Presents: Iron Man 3
Chili and Pie Cook-Off Supper
#TrendingTopics: Vegetarians vs. Meat-Eaters
Campus Polar Plunge to benefit Special Olympics KY
LNFS Presents: La Demora
Thu
14
LNFS Presents: Pretty in Pink
LNFS Presents: Mean Girls
Fri
15
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
16
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Florida
Greek Cinematography: Critical Approach and Discussion
"Storied Streets" Documentary Showing about Experiences of Homelessness
Sun
17
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
UK Rep Bands Concert
College of Agriculture, Food & Environment 2014 Celebration of Land-Grant Research
Amanda Rogers, "Black Flags, ISIS 'Swag' & Jihadi Rap: Marketing Militancy after the Arab Spring"
Stories of Homelessness: Panel Discussion
Mon
18
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
A Positive Approach to Caregiving Conference
Education Abroad Open House
CatWatch Party
Appalachian Forum and Film Screening of "Up the Ridge"
Tue
19
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
LNFS Presents: The Princess and the Frog
Pinterest Party
International Games Day
Global Design with Phil Duncan
Caregiver Support Group
OXFAM Social Issues Banquet
Wed
20
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: I Travel Because I Have To, I Come Back Because I Love You
LNFS Presents: The Big Lebowski
International Education Week Keynote Speaker: Christie Vilsack, Senior Advisor for International Education at USAID
Tobacco-free Tailgate 5 Year Anniversary
Bollywood Night
Thu
21
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
LNFS Presents: Water For Elephants
4th Annual Markesbery Symposium on Aging & Dementia
Freedom from Fear: On Black Childhood and Other Dangers
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
MEAT.
Fri
22
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Sat
23
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Much Ado About Nothing
Bouldering @ Stone Fort
UK Symphony Band and UK Concert Band
Sun
24
The Vexillology (the study of maps) Contest
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Mon
25
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Job Club - What is your money habitude?
Multicultural Student Thanksgiving Dinner
Tue
26
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Thanksgiving Shuttle to Blue Grass Airport
Wed
27
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Thu
28
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Fri
29
Thanksgiving - Academic Holidays
Free Saturday Swing Dance Lessons
Kentucky Volleyball vs. Arkansas
Sat
30
 
Sun
 
 
 
 
 
 

Mon, 11/24/2014

Wed, 11/26/2014 - Sat, 11/29/2014

Reset Page