For a quarter century, Mary Baldwin University’s Program for the Exceptionally Gifted (PEG) has provided bright young women the chance to excel academically and make a difference in the world at an early age. A project launched this month will help document their incredible success.
Organizers of the 25 Faces of PEG project, which coincides with the 25th anniversary of the accelerated learning program, are reaching out to alumnae, hoping to use their insight and perspective to help tell the story of PEG. They want to learn why those students chose the program, how it influenced their lives, and anecdotes that reflect the power of the PEG experience. The information will be compiled as an electronic history.
“This is an opportunity to tell the story of PEG through the eyes of the program’s greatest assets — the students,” said Stephanie Ferguson, PEG director. “Having been with the program only four years, my institutional memory is not extensive. I have to rely on what archived data we have and the stories of those who have been associated with the program. It struck me: who better to tell the story of PEG than those who have lived it and carried their experiences with them?”
Since 1985, girls between the ages of 13 and 16 have been able to bypass all or some of their high school grades to pursue an undergraduate degree through Mary Baldwin’s unique academic program. Today, the college houses more than 70 PEG students on campus from all over the world.
Submissions for the 25 Faces project, which can include photos, will be accepted through May 31 and can be made through the college’s website. Each entry will be reviewed and 25 stories representing the broad spectrum of PEG will be featured in the e-history, which will be unveiled in October. Ferguson also encourages PEG graduates to send photos to her directly in an effort to help round out the program’s archives, which are also being updated this year.