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Thank you for supporting your students as they apply for GIV! We know you work so hard to inspire and challenge them.

“ The Institutes are a chance for our students to delve deep into the study of something they are passionate about. It gives them leadership opportunities and a sense of ownership in what they do and accomplish. It is a great, intensive program that enriches the academic lives of students that attend.”

— Bruce Whitman,   Leland and Gray Union High School

GIV Works With Every Vermont School

By supporting students in attending GIV, you are giving your students a summer they’ll never forget. Our Institutes are defined by powerful learning, lifelong friendships, and exposure to whole new horizons for their futures. We are incredibly grateful for your initiative and support.

 

Reviewing Student Applications

The student application process asks students to elect two non-parent adults for recommendations. These adults will be sent a recommendation form via email that allows the reviewer to speak to a student’s strengths.

Once a student submits their application, a review form is also sent to each school’s Talent Scout.

Student Applications are due by March 31, 2023.

Talent Scout reviews and recommendations from 2 non-parent adults are due by April 8, 2023.

Have questions about the application process? Please contact us at [email protected] or (802) 865-4448.

How does the Recommendation and Talent Scout Review process work?

Beyond the answers a student provides, there are two parts to our application process: recommendations and reviews. Each school has one or more “Talent Scouts” who receive notifications when students from their school apply. These Talent Scouts are encouraged to provide a short review of that student’s ability to participate.

Talent Scouts are invited to review their applicants using a rating system (indicate if a student would be a “perfect fit,” a “good fit,” or if they might not do well at GIV). Talent Scouts are welcome to provide further context about student’s qualities or concerns by reaching out to us confidentially at [email protected].

Recommendations

Student applicants are also asked to elect TWO non-parent adults to act as Recommenders. Recommenders will be sent an email inviting them to recommend the specific student. Students are asked to enter these emails, so in the event that a recommendation request is not received, please ensure the email was entered correctly. Talent Scouts are welcome to act as both recommenders and Talent Scout reviewers!

Student applications are open now through March 31st, 2023. Late applications cannot be accepted.

Recommendations and Talent Scout Reviews are due April 7th, 2023. We love to have recommendations and reviews in by March 31st as well, but will be offering a grace period through April 7th to accommodate folks helping last-minute applicants.

Thank you for supporting Vermont students in attending GIV and having the experience of a lifetime!

Each Institute Offers Credits & Proficiencies!

GIV can support your students by offering them high school credit, PLP entries, proficiency-based graduation requirements, or even college credit.

Explore our 2023 Academic Guide for a detailed overview of the many opportunities for students at each GIV Institute, including those that offer college credit!

Want to see the impact of GIV’s offerings?

Learn more about how GIV supports young people in Vermont.

GIV students smile as friends.

How You Can Help Promote GIV!

  • We are eager to work with you and your school to encourage your students to apply to GIV! We would love to visit your school community and share our student-focused and student-driven presentations about GIV.
  • Speak with students in grades 9-11 about GIV and encourage them to apply during open application time (January-March). Helping students stay on track of deadlines is a huge help!
  • Support students through the application process by writing them a recommendation. Students are asked to choose 2 non-parent adults to offer recommendations through our online application.
  • Put up flyers and promotional materials in your school and community. Contact us at [email protected] to have physical copies mailed to you! Or download them and share them digitally.
  • Come see the magic for yourself! GIV can help arrange a visit while the Institutes are happening. We find that folks who have seen the transformative experience that is GIV are our best advocates! Contact us at [email protected] and we can arrange a visit and tour.

Want to help GIV spread the word?

Download our 2023 promotional materials to upload and share in your school!

Please reach out to us if we can help by mailing printed versions of any of our publications.

Click the icons to download our latest materials!

Student Fit and Accommodations

Are you wondering if GIV is a good fit for a student you know? To attend, students must have:

  • Deep interest in or passion for the topic matter of the Institute.
  • Ability to participate fully in the Institute (with accommodations if needed).
  • Readiness to attend, which is comprised of a personal desire to participate fully and the emotional maturity to succeed for an extended period away from home.

It’s also worth keeping in mind that GIV is fully committed to student physical and mental accessibility. Though not every student will be a good fit for our programs, we encourage you not to avoid recommending students based on physical or mental challenges, language barriers, or academic achievement. For more information on how GIV can accommodate your students’ specific needs, please reach out to [email protected].

Students Building

Here's what GIV educators and families want you to know:

Jesse Rufenacht (GIV Asian Cultures 2002 Alum and VT Educator)

Anupam Gerg and Mukesh Kumar (Parents of Two GIV Alumni)

And some more thoughts...

“ As a rural state, many of the high schools GIV draws from are unable to offer advanced [or specialized] instruction. As a result, the exposure GIV is able to give attendees is simply irreplaceable through other avenues. Without question, GIV is the best experience I can recommend to Vermont families interested in enrichment for their students. The leadership of the program is strong and the structure of the camp is exemplary. I give GIV my highest recommendation!”
– Christopher Danforth, Professor, UVM Department of Mathematics and Statistics
“ The change I saw in my students during our second year together after coming back from GIV was beyond measuring; they grew in maturity, complexity, energy, and compassion. They learned to network, build relationships, and seek communities within their interests and aspirations.”
– CTE Media Arts Teacher, 2021
“ These institutes offer students the opportunity to participate in a rigorous, relevant, focused study. ”
– Harwood Union High School Teacher, 2022
“ [The GIV Institutes] are very diverse and focus on topics and activities that excite students. The activities are interesting, hands-on, and relevant to today's world. My students value the experience every year.”
– Montpelier High School Teacher, 2022
“ [I was surprised by] how much I was actually excited to get up and go to class every day. I started off very nervous, but everyone was so welcoming and nice that I ended up really excited and happy to be there!”
– Arts Institute Student, 2022
“ When talking to a faculty member and hearing her describe all the research she does, it made me realize how diverse opportunities are in the scientific field, and that I really could find something I love and do it as work.”
– Environmental Science Student, 2022

2023 Talent Scout List

Talent scouts are our connection to each school community and can help students and staff with the application process.

Talent Scouts will be notified of all students from their school who apply and will be prompted to provide a brief review of those students’ readiness to participate in GIV. Although the review process is appreciated, the 2 non-parent recommendations that students elect themselves is the most important element of the application process to get to know students in greater detail.

Thank you to all of our Talent Scouts for their efforts that support students who apply to GIV!

Talent Scout List by School

School
Talent Scout
Email
School
Arlington Memorial High School
Talent Scout
Joanna Lederer-Barnes
School
Bellows Falls Union High School
Talent Scout
Andrea Carlson
School
BFA – Fairfax
Talent Scout
Katherine McElroy
School
BFA – St. Albans
Talent Scout
Stephanie Hodgeman
School
Blue Mountain Union School
Talent Scout
Dawn Blanchard
School
Brattleboro Union High School
Talent Scout
Richard Heller
School
Brattleboro Union High School
Talent Scout
Tessa Anders
School
Burke Mountain Academy
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Burlington High School
Talent Scout
Shannon Walters
School
Burlington Technical Center
Talent Scout
James Yepez
School
Burr and Burton Academy
Talent Scout
Melissa Michaud
School
Cabot School
Talent Scout
Jackie Batten
School
Canaan High School
Talent Scout
Kara Sweatt
School
Center For Technology, Essex
Talent Scout
Heidi McLaughlin
School
Central Vermont Adult Education
Talent Scout
Kate Nicolet
School
Central Vermont Career Center
Talent Scout
Abbey Allen
School
Champlain Valley Union HS
Talent Scout
Susie Moakley
School
Colchester High School
Talent Scout
Julie Pastore
School
Colchester High School
Talent Scout
Heather Baron
School
Compass School
Talent Scout
Eric Rhomberg
School
Craftsbury Academy
Talent Scout
Sally Guebara
School
Danville High School
Talent Scout
Simon Fisher
School
East Burke School
Talent Scout
Brandon Mazur
School
East Valley Academy
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Enosburg Falls High School
Talent Scout
Sally Bashaw
School
Essex High School
Talent Scout
Siobhan Barber
School
Fair Haven Union High School
Talent Scout
Karla Ramey
School
Granville Junior/Senior High School
Talent Scout
Erin Rueckert
School
Granville Junior/Senior High School
Talent Scout
Elisha Mittleman
School
Green Mountain Tech & Career Ctr.
Talent Scout
Meaghan Parker
School
Green Mountain Union High School
Talent Scout
Christa Valente
School
Green Mountain Valley School
Talent Scout
Kerry Jackson
School
Greenwood School
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Groveton High School
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Hanover High School
Talent Scout
Andrea Johnstone
School
Hartford Area Career and Tech Center
Talent Scout
Tim Hebert
School
Hartford High School
Talent Scout
Andersen Thorp
School
Harwood Union High School
Talent Scout
Erin Dezell
School
Harwood Union High School
Talent Scout
Jen Shaub
School
Harwood Union High School
Talent Scout
Maggie Weintraub
School
Hazen Union School
Talent Scout
Allie O'Hara
School
Lake Champlain Waldorf High School
Talent Scout
Aaron Darland
School
Lake Region Union High School
Talent Scout
Tim Chamberlin
School
Lamoille Union High School
Talent Scout
Debbie Zmich
School
Leland & Gray Union High School
Talent Scout
Sarah Grasso
School
LiHigh School
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Long Trail School
Talent Scout
Scott Magrath
School
Lyndon Institute
Talent Scout
Angela Ryan
School
Middlebury Union High School
Talent Scout
Stephen Darby
School
Middlebury Union High School
Talent Scout
Brittany Ambrosio
School
Mill River High School
Talent Scout
Dea Kimball
School
Mill River High School
Talent Scout
Shirl Harrington
School
Mill River High School
Talent Scout
Karen McCalla
School
Milton High School
Talent Scout
Nicole Martel
School
Missisquoi Valley Union High School
Talent Scout
Chris Blackburn
School
Montpelier High School
Talent Scout
Diana Koliander-Hart
School
Mount Abraham Union High School
Talent Scout
Maureen Deppman
School
Mount Anthony Union High School
Talent Scout
Jamie Jozefiak
School
Mount Anthony Union High School
Talent Scout
Tonia Bucciero
School
Mount Mansfield Union High School
Talent Scout
Kristen Barker
School
Mount St. Joseph Academy
Talent Scout
Marissa Euber
School
North Country Career Center
Talent Scout
Amy Pickering
School
North Country Union High School
Talent Scout
Meg Norman
School
Northfield High School
Talent Scout
Michelle Aftuck
School
Northwest Technical Center
Talent Scout
Susan Bosland
School
Otter Valley Union High School
Talent Scout
Danielle Bishop
School
Oxbow High School
Talent Scout
Hannah Calley
School
Pacem School
Talent Scout
Lexi Shear
School
Patricia A. Hannaford Career Center
Talent Scout
Brenda Logee
School
Peoples Academy
Talent Scout
Moira Donovan
School
Poultney High School
Talent Scout
Tracy Gallipo
School
Proctor Jr/Sr High School
Talent Scout
Phyllis Currao
School
Putney School
Talent Scout
Kathy Wolfe
School
Randolph Technical Career Center
Talent Scout
Marie Conley
School
Randolph Union High School
Talent Scout
Lisa Floyd
School
Randolph Union High School
Talent Scout
Jamie Connor
School
Rice Memorial High School
Talent Scout
Kimberly Pushee Hill
School
Richford Jr/Sr High School
Talent Scout
Allison Witherspoon
School
Rivendell Academy
Talent Scout
Nancy Hall
School
River Bend Career & Technical Center
Talent Scout
Katherine Chobanian
School
River Valley Technical Center
Talent Scout
Terri Herzog
School
Rock Point School
Talent Scout
Jean Waltz
School
Rutland Area Christian School
Talent Scout
Robert Congdon
School
Rutland High School
Talent Scout
Amy Conn
School
Salem Central School
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Sharon Academy
Talent Scout
Wendy Bordeau
School
South Burlington High School
Talent Scout
Meghan Sweet
School
Southwest Vermont Career Development Center
Talent Scout
Lisa Harrington
School
Spaulding High School
Talent Scout
Margo Austin
School
Springfield High School
Talent Scout
Jason Touchette
School
St. Johnsbury Academy
Talent Scout
Sean Murphy
School
Stafford Technical Center
Talent Scout
Lori Cillo
School
Stanstead College
Talent Scout
Eryn Hessian
School
Stowe High School
Talent Scout
Patricia Tomashot
School
Stowe High School
Talent Scout
Zachary Falls
School
Stratton Mountain School
Talent Scout
Alex Lehmann
School
Thetford Academy
Talent Scout
Mark Pichette
School
Twin Valley Middle High School
Talent Scout
Denise Piffard
School
Twinfield Union School
Talent Scout
Melissa Gosselin
School
U-32 High School
Talent Scout
Jessica Wills
School
United Christian Academy
Talent Scout
TBA
Email
TBA
School
Vergennes Union High School
Talent Scout
Anne Vincent
School
Vermont Academy
Talent Scout
Lorna Schilling
School
Vermont Commons School
Talent Scout
Jasmine Easter
School
West Rutland High School
Talent Scout
Lauren Louiselle
School
White River Valley High School
Talent Scout
Chris Cate
School
Williamstown Middle/High School
Talent Scout
Shelby Robinson
School
Windham Regional Career Ctr.
Talent Scout
Anne Doran
School
Windsor High School
Talent Scout
Kim Gogan
School
Winooski High School
Talent Scout
Jessica Handrick
School
Woodstock Union High School
Talent Scout
Joni Kennedy
School
Homeschool in Vermont
Talent Scout
GIV
School
Vermonters living out of state
Talent Scout
GIV
School
School in Vermont that is not listed
Talent Scout
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Please reach out to us at [email protected] if you have any questions about our Talent Scout connections.

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