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Stephen and Nita Lowey launch SIT scholarship fund

BRATTLEBORO >> A $500,000 gift from long-time institutional supporters Stephen and Nita Lowey will make it financially possible for more students to participate in SIT Graduate Institute programs starting this fall.

Stephen Lowey is a chair emeritus trustee of World Learning and Nita Lowey is a member of Congress from New York. They have pledged $100,000 per year over five years through the Stephen and Nita Lowey SIT Graduate Institute Scholarship Fund to support needs-based scholarships for students enrolled in master's degree programs starting in fall 2016.

"Through its experiential educational model, SIT Graduate Institute prepares students for careers in international development and teaching. They will become leaders meeting global humanitarian challenges and strong forces for good in the world," said Stephen Lowey. "Nita and I are proud to support them as they join a worldwide network of individuals and organizations promoting responsible citizenship and peace."

Norwich offers Girls Summer Inventors Camp

NORTHFIELD >> Norwich University is offering a day camp for motivated middle school girls interested in making and learning from Norwich faculty on constructing habitable structures; garment design; design engineering; coding and cryptography; and digital electronic musical instruments.

Held Aug. 1 through 5, students will be taught by faculty in the College of Professional Schools and may enroll for three or five days. A free GMTA bus is available to and from campus from Montpelier, with stops at Shaw's and People's Bank.

Cost to participate is $75 for a three-day session and $100 for the five-day session. Scholarships are available. To apply for a scholarship, email Tamela Browning at

Browning is a local engineer serving as the logistical camp counselor and will take girls to and from the Norwich campus on the bus and lead girls at lunch and transition times. Students are responsible for bringing a packed lunch to campus.

The idea for the camp was born out of a desire expressed in the central Vermont community for more tech opportunities for local girls.

"This is an exciting program for Central Vermont girls. It gives them exposure to maker skills and technology," Architecture Professor Danny Sagan said. "Norwich has all the expertise, and the program advances (Norwich founder) Captain Partridge's mission of hands-on learning."

Session I: Aug. 1 through 3 — Habitable Structures, Garment Design and Design Engineering. Session II: Aug. 3 through 5 — Design Engineering, Coding and Cryptography and Digital Electronic Instruments. Or sign up for both sessions.

To register, email the following information by Friday, July 15, to Session choice with student's name, address, and date of birth; grade in middle school and name of school; and parent or guardian's name and address and emergency contact information.


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