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$200k donation to benefit academically gifted students in Durham

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Longfellow Real Estate and Duke University are working to create the “Innovation District,” a research hub focused on life sciences in downtown Durham. Longfellow Real Estate and Duke University are working to create the “Innovation District,” a research hub focused on life sciences in downtown Durham.
DURHAM, N.C. -

A donation is helping local students continue to learn over the summer, even when school is out.

Longfellow Real Estate partners donated more $200,000 to help students in grades four through college with science, technology, engineering and math.

The money goes to the City of Durham, Durham Technical Community College and Duke University's Talent Identification Program. Each grant recipient will use the money to provide academic resources and financial aid to Durham-area students who are pursuing STEM-related fields of study.

"I honestly felt like I was at college and I think it's going to help me in the future when I actually go to college," said Nia Beverly, an 8th grade student at Githens Middle School who participated in Duke's TIP program. "I still keep in touch with the friends that I had there and we still keep in touch today."

Duke's TIP program will use the grant for scholarships so academically gifted students can attend summer programs. The program, which is in its 33rd year, aims to help students reach their highest potential when they may already be at the ceiling of the learning curriculum at their schools.

"Students tell us they live for those three weeks of the summer --that it's three weeks of TIP and then the rest of their academic year," explained Shayne Goodrum, the director of educational programs for TIP.

Longfellow and Duke are working to create the "Innovation District," a research hub focused on life sciences in downtown Durham. The goal is to have the students become leaders who will one day make discoveries there.

Justin Quesinberry

Justin is a reporter for WNCN and a North Carolina native. He has spent the better part of the last decade covering the news in central North Carolina.  More>>

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