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MOREHEAD, Ky. (AP) — Morehead State University plans to open a residential high school academy for academically gifted students.

Media reports say officials announced on Thursday that the Craft Academy for Excellence in Science and Mathematics will open in August of 2015 and offer students dual credits for classes.

The initiative is modeled after a similar one at Western Kentucky University called the Gatton Academy.

It is being funded through a $2.3 million state appropriation and a $4 million donation from businessman Joe Craft.

"I am excited to be a partner with Morehead State University in making this program available to exceptional young men and women to develop their God given talents," Craft said in a statement. "My passion is to provide opportunity for people that want to help themselves and develop professionally."

Officials are planning for an initial class of 60 students, who will live on campus and attend classes with college students.

"This is something that is going to be a game-changer ... I have no doubt it can be as successful as the Gatton Academy," said?Kentucky Senate President Robert Stivers, who spoke at the announcement. "It will be a systemic change in eastern Kentucky and make a huge difference for our youth and how we are perceived, not only in the state, but nationally and internationally."

Stivers and House Majority Floor Leader Rocky Adkins both worked to get funding for the project, and Adkins noted how the academy would benefit the region.

"Educating Kentucky's brightest and best high school students with a heavy emphasis on science and mathematics will ensure their professional success, inspire entrepreneurship and provide our region with a workforce uniquely prepared to compete in the 21st century," Adkins said.

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