HUNTSVILLE, Ala (August 9, 2011) - Students from The University of Alabama in Huntsville (UAHuntsville) recently participated in CollegeFirst, a unique summer enrichment program designed to prepare the state's high school students for the challenge of college-level advanced placement courses in math and science.

More than 200 high school students from across the state participated in the summer program. College student mentors from five Alabama campuses mentored the high school students.

"This initiative provides successful college students as both tutors and mentors, helping increase the number of Alabama students who will be ready, not only to attend college, but to excel in college," said Stephen Black, director of the Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility. "The experience benefits university students as well because, in order to teach a concept, one must not only grasp it intuitively, but fully understand the reasoning."

Superintendents from Alabama districts participating in A+ College Ready summer program were each given $1,000 to present a scholarship to an outstanding student from their district. Scholarship winners in North Alabama included: Spencer Baer, of Madison County Schools, and Lisa Hernandez, of Huntsville City Schools.

The A+ CollegeFirst service-learning course was developed by the UA Center for Ethics & Social Responsibility in partnership with Impact Alabama and A+ College Ready.

For more information 
Joyce Anderson-Maples 
(256) 824-2101