Bryce Fincher was recently presented with the Dr. Robert A. Terry Supplemental Instruction Scholarship for the fall 2017 semester. The scholarship is awarded each semester to an outstanding SI leader in memory of Dr. Robert Terry, former professor of English, who started the SAU SI program in the early 1990’s.
In 1973 when Dr. Terry came to Magnolia and what was then Southern State College, he noted that there was no program in place to provide students with extra instruction. After some extensive research, Terry wrote the first grant, tapping into federal Upward Bound programs. Supplemental Instruction, the first peer instruction program on campus, was established.
Supplemental Instruction is a series of weekly review sessions for students taking historically difficult courses. It’s available to all students in the course who want to improve their understanding of course material and their grades.
SI Leaders are encouraged to apply for the Spring 2018 scholarship through the SAU Foundation at https://saufoundation.org/scholarships/annual/. Applications must be accompanied by a letter of recommendation from a Supplemental Instruction staff member.