Sweet Briar offers girls chance to dive into computer science

Editor's Note: An earlier version of this article misstated that Wilbert Wallace was an associate principal at Bruton Heights High School. He was an assistant principal at Bruton High School. 

Sweet Briar College is adding a third weekend exploration camp targeting high school girls and the fields of science, technology, engineering and mathematics.

This one zeroes in on computer science and biology.

The camp will focus on computational biology, where programming and the study of life meet. Any sophomore, junior or senior girl is eligible to participate.

Sweet Briar, a liberal arts college for women near Lynchburg, has hosted an Explore Engineering camp for eight years. It introduced its Explore Environmental Science camp in 2016, the second iteration of which will be held the same weekend, April 7 and 8.

"Computer science is essential for analyzing and understanding information about life," according to a Sweet Briar news release. "Computer science plays a role in everything from the analysis of protein shapes to the study of gene networks to predicting the behavior of biological systems."

No programming background is necessary. Teams of students will work in Python and NetLogo programming languages to discover how they're used to study life. The camp ends with a chance for participants to show off their work to friends and family.

There is a a $35 enrollment fee for all three of Sweet Briar's weekend camps. It covers the stay at Sweet Briar as well as meals, snacks and a T-shirt.

March 22 is the soft registration deadline for the computer science weekend. Visit bit.ly/compscihigh for more information or to register.

The college's next Explore Environmental Science camp also falls on April 7 and 8. For more information and to register for that program by the March 24 deadline, visit bit.ly/2jud3e9.

The next Explore Engineering weekend will be November 10 and 11 with registration due by October 1. Visit bit.ly/2f5BOd8 for more information.

Two more scholarships open to W-JCC, York County students

Local students in the throes of financial aid application season have two more scholarships to try for — from the Wilbert M. Wallace Scholarship Foundation and the Williamsburg Players community theater.

Established in honor of a former York County Schools instructor and administrator, Wilbert M. Wallace Scholarship Foundation awards four $1,500 scholarships to graduating seniors. This year is the foundation's 27th anniversary.

Wallace, who died in 2002, taught in York County schools before becoming an assistant principal at the former James Weldon Johnson School in York County. Wallace was also an assistant principal at York High School before stepping into the principal role at Yorktown Elementary Schools, said his brother Lloyd Wallace.

He finished his career as an associate principal at Bruton High School in 1988.

A student set up the scholarship foundation in Wallace's name after his retirement.

To be eligible, students must demonstrate financial need, a "C" grade average, be involved in their community and be planning to enroll at a two- or four-year college. They must live in York or James City counties, or the City of Williamsburg.

Applications are due March 31. For more information, call Lloyd Wallace at 220-0807. Donations are also being accepted to the scholarship fund.

Williamsburg's all-volunteer community theater opened its applications for the 2017 McCulley-Scammnon Scholarship earlier this month.

Applications are also due March 31. The $4,000 scholarship is open to all students on the Peninsula — including York County and Williamsburg-James City County — who will pursue theater beyond high school.

Applicants can either be graduating this year or have graduated within the last three years to be eligible and must have maintained a "B" grade average in high school.

The application requires an essay, two recommendations, a transcript and a photograph. Finalists will go through an additional audition and interview process.

The $4,000 is doled out $1,000 at a time at the beginning of each year of schooling.

For more information and application information, visit bit.ly/2mp77lM.

Williams can be reached by phone at 757-345-2341.

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