This year’s Miniaci LEAD Now Summer Institute took place June 19, 2015, through August 7, 2015, and included a diverse group of 16 students representing a variety of local public and private high schools. Students were introduced to successful and effective communication processes by faculty from the School of Arts and Education, and received life skills training in etiquette and communications, such as public speaking and creative writing. This summer, students were also provided Latin dance classes and art lessons.
Thirteen high school seniors who graduated from the Miniaci LEAD Now Summer Institute are enrolled at St. Thomas University and will become Bobcats this fall. The Fernandez Fellowship Program provides graduates of the Miniaci LEAD Now program an annually renewable scholarship towards tuition for any of the undergraduate academic programs offered at St. Thomas University and provides a continued professional and peer mentorship program for these scholars.