Scholarship to attend US summer programmes

Scholarship to attend US summer programmes

Students now have the opportunity to learn more about the economy, employment and more related topics, in an American programme created for gifted young people.

The Johns Hopkins University's Centre for Talented Youth, set up in 1979, offers summer programmes in a variety of topics such as philosophy, programming and mathematical modelling.

In June, eight Singapore students aged 15 to 17 attended intensive three-week programmes at Haverford College in Pennsylvania, after going through a "school and college ability test" developed by Johns Hopkins University.

They join alumni such as Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg, Google co-founder Sergey Brin and pop star Lady Gaga.

Six of the Singapore students were fully funded by the Goldstein Scholarship, established by Singapore-based businessman Harvey Goldstein and wife Rosita.

The scholarship provides financially needy students - and who tested as exceptionally talented - with full tuition, room and board, books and round trip airfare to a Centre for Talented Youth site in the United States. It costs an estimated US$7,000 (S$8,800) to send one child overseas for the programme.

Mr Goldstein, an American who has been running a business consultancy firm here since 2006, is chairman of the centre's Singapore-based South-east Asia advisory board, and wants to invest in the future of Singapore.

He told The Straits Times: "We will support the scholarship for a total of five years, and I'd like to see the seed my wife and I started grow into something more."

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