MADISON (WKOW) -- The Pre-College Enrichment Opportunity Program for Learning Excellence (PEOPLE) program will admit its eight year of students Friday at the Alliant Energy Center.
The PEOPLE program prepares high school students for excellence at UW-Madison and serves as a major pipe-line to bring exceptional students to UW-Madison.
Seventy-four students completed the program and will take part in Friday's ceremony.
For nearly 10 years, PEOPLE has prepared underserved Wisconsin students from across the state to continue their education at the college level.
The July 31, event also will welcome 130 rising high school seniors to their final year of preparing to transition into higher education.
This year also has a number of firsts for PEOPLE scholars who have completed their undergraduate degrees. The 2009 class of PEOPLE College Scholars includes a graduate from the UW-Madison School of Business, one from the College of Engineering and two graduates who have been admitted to the University of Wisconsin Law School.
More than 500 people are expected to attend the celebration, including Wisconsin First Lady Jessica Doyle as keynote speaker and UW-Madison Chancellor Biddy Martin, along with presentations and performances by students. Awards will be given to student interns and scholarship recipients, including a new scholarship sponsored by Kohl's.
PEOPLE operates as part of the School of Education to promote student educational diversity, access and success at UW-Madison and in the Madison community.