In 2011-12, all of the 21 seniors who completed the Biosciences and Medicine Academy curriculum went on to four-year college programs and cumulatively amassed more than $800,000 in scholarships. Two students were accepted into highly competitive B.S.-to-M.D. programs.
And consider these staggering statistics: The average statewide composite ACT score for the 2011-12 school term was 20.7; the average for the Francis Tuttle Biosciences and Medicine Academy was 27.0.
There are anecdotal metrics, as well.
“We get a lot of ‘I'm miles ahead of the rest of my class because of what I learned at the academy' kinds of stories from our academy graduates,” Koch said. “The success of the program really is due to the dedicated faculty and students who are committed to their own success.”
Project Lead The Way and programs like those at Francis Tuttle are helping to pave the way to a strong and thriving bioscience future for our state.
As Oklahomans, we must support, nurture and grow those efforts.
Sheri Stickley is President & CEO of the Oklahoma Bioscience Association, www.okbio.org