Winooski, VT - The entire Lyndon State College men's basketball team met with junior high school students at Coventry Village School, Troy Elementary School, Brighton Elementary School and Charleston Elementary School on January 2nd and 4th. Team members met with over 263 students and talked about the transition to college, moving away from home, financial aid, scholarships, the recruitment process and the importance of working hard in school so they are prepared for college.
Coach Dave Pasiak talked with students about focusing on academics in high school and their own personal development to strive to be a good teammate, family member and community member. The junior high students had the opportunity to ask the players questions about their majors, why they chose Lyndon, and how they developed their skills as basketball players.
Students at the four schools and their families will be admitted free of charge to the Hornet home games on January 20th when they host Husson University. The women play at 1 p.m. and the men follow at 3 p.m.
This event was sponsored by VSAC and its GEAR UP program. GEAR UP serves students in grades 7-12 in over 50 middle and high schools across the state. Students that are participants in the GEAR UP program receive career and college exploration through information sessions, field trips, 1:1 counseling, summer programs, and cultural activities. GEAR UP, students and schools must meet federal income requirements to qualify for services.
Vermont Student Assistance Corporation is a public, nonprofit agency established by the Vermont Legislature in 1965 to help Vermonters achieve their education and training goals after high school. VSAC serves students and their families in grades 7-12, as well as adults returning to school, by providing education and career planning services, need-based grants, scholarships and education loans. VSAC has awarded more than $600 million in grants and scholarships for Vermont students, and also administers Vermont's 529 college savings plan. Share your VSAC story by email to myVSACstory@vsac.org or submit a video to YouTube. Find us at www.vsac.org or check in on Facebook and Twitter. #changing lives