Each year, Duke University, located in Durham, N.C., sponsors a youth talent search called Duke TIP (Talent Identification Program).
Students who meet certain eligibility requirements have the option of enrolling in the talent search process. Enrolling in TIP allows students and families access to advanced testing, online enrichment, exclusive publications, scholarship opportunities and academic support.
In order to be eligible, students must: live in or attend school within Duke's 16-state region, of which Missouri is included; be in the fourth or fifth grade; and have scored in the 95 percentile or higher on MAP or have a standard score at or above 125 on the full scale composite on an IQ test that is no more than two years old. Scoring advanced in either communication arts, math or both on the MAP within the last two years will also meet this criteria.
There is a non-refundable enrollment fee for the fourth and fifth grade talent search of $35, which covers all publications, writing contest materials and exclusive online benefits through the students' sixth grade year. Fee grants are available to students who qualify for free or reduced lunch programs at school.
Those interested in learning more about eligibility requirements or who would like to enroll a child in the Duke TIP program are asked to contact Shelly Sparkman, Cassville Intermediate School counselor, at 847-4010 or stop by the intermediate school office to pick up an enrollment packet.
EXPLORE assessment deadline is Jan. 22 and March 15 is the final registration deadline.