KIRKSVILLE, MO– Devin Eckardt of O’Fallon, MO is one of more than 400 specially selected students nationwide participating in this summer’s Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars at Truman State University.
The Joseph Baldwin Academy is designed to enrich the learning process of young gifted and talented students by challenging them with a college curriculum. The Scholars are nominated by their school’s principal or counselor from among students who will have completed the seventh, eighth or ninth grade by June 2014. This year’s 422 Scholars were selected from 4,746 nominees on the basis of their formal application, school transcript, letter of recommendation and test scores in the top five percent on a nationally-normed achievement test, ACT, SAT or PSAT.
The academy is split into two three-week sessions each summer. The Scholars are offered one three-week class from a list of courses. Each course is taught by a member of Truman’s faculty.
Truman students who serve as preceptors for the courses also live in the residence hall with the Academy scholars. The preceptors are available to provide academic assistance and to help Academy participants during structured activities and free time.
The Joseph Baldwin Academy was founded at Truman in 1985 to serve as a summer institute of academic preparation for gifted and talented young students nationwide. This mission complements the University’s role as the statewide public liberal arts and sciences university for Missouri. Since its inception, the Academy has grown from a student body of 60 in four classes to more than 400 students in 22 classes.
Eckardt, who will be in 8th grade at Frontier Middle School this fall, is the child of Brandon and Shannon Eckardt.
Founded in 1867, Truman is Missouri’s only highly selective public liberal arts and sciences university. U.S. News & World Repot’s 2014 edition of “Best Colleges” ranked Truman as the No. 1 public university in the Midwest region for the 17th consecutive year.