Dear Fellow Community Advocates and Educators:
I am reaching out to you as we near the closing of our online registration period for 2013 Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy on February 22! We are entering our ninth year of the program and looking to have as many scholar applicants as possible this year. Unfortunately, to date we have not managed to attract a significant number of African American males to apply to SMASH, and I am hopeful that you will be able to assist me with increasing the current disproportionately small applicant pool by spreading the good word.
SMASH is a three-year enrichment program that assists talented high-achieving low to moderate income high school students of color from historically underrepresented communities (i.e. African American, Latino/Hispanic, Native American, Southeast Asian and/or Pacific Islander) to become competitive and successful in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) studies at selective colleges.
We are currently looking for current 9th grade students attending Bay Area public high schools or private schools on scholarship in the San Francisco Bay Area to attend our UC Berkeley and Stanford programs. Students should have at least a 3.0 GPA or better, currently be enrolled in (or have already completed) Geometry or the equivalent with a B average. This is a FREE program for ALL participants!
We are searching for students who show a particular interest in math or science and are willing to maximize the opportunity to reside and attend classes on a college campus for five weeks with like-minded students.
Please help distribute the enclosed copy of the e-flyer to the appropriate colleagues (math or science department chairs, other teachers, counselors, etc.) who can identify students of color who would be interested in the opportunity. I am sure that you may see information for a variety of programs come across your desk, so I definitely appreciate your help.
The application and additional information about SMASH can be found on our website, http://lpfi.org/smash. Online application is due March 8, 2013 (Note: Letters of Recommendation, Transcripts and Test Scores must be received via mail or uploaded by no later than March 23, 2013).
If you have any questions, or would like an in-person meeting with a local team member, I can be reached via email at firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 415.946.3095 . Your colleagues and/or contacts are welcome to contact me with questions about the program – or with the contact information for potential students!
Many thanks for your time, and I am hopeful that we will meet students referred from your school and/or networks during our selection process!
Danielle Rose, M.Sc. Regional Program Director | Level Playing Field Institute