Hurtado Program Growth Continues

The Hurtado Scholars Program at Rockhurst High School grows each year, as a new group of young men joins the ranks of "Hurtado Scholars."  This summer, 14 rising 6th graders entered the program, joining the eight rising 7th graders, seven rising 8th graders, eight incoming freshmen, and seven rising sophomores who have been enrolled since their summer following 5th grade.

Rockhurst began the program in 2013, and was a vision of Fr. William T. Sheahan, SJ, Fr. Terrence A. Baum, SJ, and Mr. Gregory Harkness '81, who spent months researching similar programs in the country, as well as meeting with local school officials (story about the program's inception, written by Fr. Sheahan here).  Enrollees to the program are based on recommendations from the principals at three diocesan urban grade schools - Holy Cross (MO), Our Lady of Hope, and St. John Francis Regis.  Each student who is selected into and completes the program will receive the necessary financial support to attend Rockhurst, thanks to a generous grant from the McGowan Charitable Fund and the support of community donors.

The Scholars spend five weeks in the summer, from 8 a.m. to 3 p.m., here at Rockhurst.  They spend their days on intensive Math and Language Arts, Lab Science, Pottery, Computer Science, and physical activity (soccer, chess, basketball. disc golf, ultimate frisbee).  Their teachers are all Rockhurst High faculty members, and current students and alums serve as mentors.

They also take educational and recreational field trips, such as: Tucker Leadership Lab, SeaLife Aquarium, bowling, Brown v. Board of Education National Historic Site, and the Negro Leagues Baseball Museum.  Their community service work includes work at Giving The Basics and The Forum Nursing Home.

During the school year, the Scholars participate in the after-school program every Tuesday and Thursday from September through May at the Rockhurst University Community Center.  These days are spent focusing on High School Placement Test (HSPT) preparation, Thinking Through Art at the Nelson Art Museum, short story reading and discussion, and Math and Language Arts reinforcement.

Rockhurst educators are seeing the results of the program in real-time.

"It is exciting the Scholars are not only coming to Rockhurst, but are doing well academically and socially.  They are putting in the necessary work to improve academically," said Mr. Marvin Grilliot, Director of Hurtado Scholars.  "While doing so, they are building community among themselves.  And that community is growing through their continued dedication to community service, so we always have an opportunity to give back."

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