Creative Scholars Program
Torrance Creative Scholars Program was established
in 1989 as an outgrowth of the work of Dr. E.
Paul Torrance, internationally acclaimed authority
on the identification and development of creative
potential. The program is designed to recognize
and nurture highly creative students. Sponsored
by the University of Louisiana at Lafayette's
Center for Gifted Education, it is the only program
of its kind in the nation.
should I want to be a Creative Scholar?
is an important gift. Highly creative students
have the potential to make significant future
contributions in the sciences, as writers or artists,
or as decision makers in business, industry, and
education. The contributions of individuals
such as Albert Einstein and Jonas Salk reflect
creativity as well as academic skill. However,
creative persons must learn to use their abilities
productively and gain confidence in their ideas.
The Louisiana Creative Scholars Program has two
goals; the recognition of creative talent and
the provision of special services for those identified
as highly creative.
does the program consist of, and where does it
Scholars completing the 7th and 8th grade attend
a two-week residential program, living in UL Lafayette
dormitories and commuting daily by school bus
to the rural campus of the Episcopal School of
Acadiana (Cade, Louisiana, approximately 12 miles
from Lafayette) for classes.
experiences are provided in the Creative Scholar
Students in the residential Creative Scholars
Program are introduced to Creative Problem Solving
and other strategies used by business leaders,
scientists, writers, artists, and others in their
creative work. The interdisplinary classes,
which teach creative applications in areas such
as science, mathematics, and the arts are facilitated
by master teachers who model creativity in their
teaching. Students learn about themselves
as creative persons and discover ways of representing
their ideas constructively, helping to develop
a positive self-image. A unique benefit
of the program is the opportunity to meet other
creative individuals, to work cooperatively toward
a common goal, and to discover that "IT'S GREAT
TO BE CREATIVE!!!"
is the cost of the program, and are scholarships
Tuition fees depend on the program attended.
A complete listing of fees is provided separately;
scholarships are available for residential students
whose families qualify on the basis of financial
is the schedule of the 2005 program?
the dates and times of all 2005 classes, as well
as a typical daily schedule for the Residential
Creative Scholar Program, click on Schedules
and Application Procedures
for The Torrance Creative Scholars Program is
designed for students who have demostrated high
potential in the area of creative thinking and
production. Eligibility for this program requires
one or more total scores at or above the 75th
state percentile on the Torrance Tests of Creative
Thinking, administered either through the school
or through the university.
to Apply for the Creative Scholars Program:
apply for the Torrance Creative Scholars Program,
complete a current application form, indicating
your preferred location, date, and time of testing.
Return the completed form, along with the appropriate
testing fee ($10.00 for those completing grades
7-8), to the address included on the form.
who have qualified as Creative Scholars through
outside testing on the Torrance Tests of Creative
Thinking will be accepted automatically.
To apply on this basis of outside testing, submit
a completed application form, an offcial copy
of the qualifying test report, and the $20.00
refund less non-refundable deposit will be issued
if cancellation notice is received in our office
on or before Friday, June 4. A $25 processing
fee will be retained if notice is received between
June 7 and June 11. No refund can be made
after June 11.