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Appalachian Arts and Studies in the Schools

The Appalachian Arts and Studies in the Schools (AASIS) program is funded by a private benefactor and is designed to achieve two goals:

  • To encourage promising young Southwest Virginia students to pursue higher education.
  • To give these students an opportunity to learn more about the culture of the Appalachian region.

How AASIS Works

Fourteen high school teachers participate in AASIS collaborate and prepare lessons for their classrooms on Appalachian studies. Each teacher also chooses 10 AASIS Scholars - high school students identified by their teachers as "college-able, but not college-bound."

AASIS Mentors and Scholars

Each student participating in AASIS becomes a mentor to two AASIS Scholars.  Mentors visit their AASIS Scholars' school twice during the school year to make presentations about college life and about Appalachian studies and also act as hosts and tour guides for their AASIS Scholars during two field trips to the Radford University campus. 

Mentors and AASIS Scholars get to know each other and keep in touch throughout the year via letters and email.  The AASIS Scholars finish up the year by making presentations in their schools and communities about what they learn from the AASIS program.

To become a mentor, just fill out an AASIS application (DOC) and ask two of your professors to fill out a mentor recommendation form (DOC).