Enrichment Opportunities

Check back often ~ this page is updated whenever the Counseling Center receives information about enrichment programs and activities that may be of interest to our students.

Competitions and Contests

10-Minute Play Contest ~ Hollins University is sponsoring a competition for high school sophomore and junior girls interested in writing a short play. The winner will receive $200 and a trip to Hollins for their 10-Minute Play Festival, where her play will be produced. For information visit hollins.edu. Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2015.

Diverse Minds Youth Writing Challenge ~ B'nai B'rith International, one of the world's oldest and largest non-profit organizations dedicated to human rights and tolerance education is seeking submissions for their annual scholarship contest. High school students currently enrolled in 9th-12th grades are encouraged to write and illustrate a children's book that tells a story of tolerance and/or diversity. The first place author will receive a $5,000 college scholarship and his/her book will be professionally published. The author of the second place entry will receive a $2,000 scholarship and the author of the third place entry will receive a $1,000 scholarship. For more information visit www.bnaibrith.org/diverseminds. The deadline to submit entries is February 27, 2015.

East Meets West International Essay Competition ~ Since 2004, Dongwha Cultural Foundation has been promoting East Asian culture, philosophy, and art through their educational programs. Their annual international essay competition is designed to provide an intellectual and creative forum that empowers young voices and broadens the dialogue on cultural awareness and exchange. The 2014 essay contest will begin accepting applications on May 15 and will continue to accept entries through July 25. There is a $15 entry fee. For more information or to register visit www.donghwaculture.org/emwie2014.html or e-mail essay@donghwaculture.org. You can also check out their blog at eastmeetswestdonghwa.wordpress.com.

Fireside Essay Scholarship Contest ~ Each year Fireside Catholic Publishing, through their essay contest, recognizes outstanding Catholic High School seniors who are daily "putting their faith into action". Applicants must write a 750-word essay on the topic "How is your religious education influencing your life?". Five winning essays will be chosen and each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship. The deadline to submit application paperwork and essay is December 12, 2014. For information see your counselor.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Essay Contest ~ High school juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in FIRE's essay contest. Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words; the first prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, the second place author will receive a $5,000 scholarship, three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded, and four $500 winners will be chosen at random from the remaining essays. FIRE will accept essay contest entries from August 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015. Visit thefire.org/contest for the topic and additional entry details.

NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards ~ Each year the NFIB Young Entrepreneurs Foundation awards non-renewable scholarships to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative. The scholarships are valued between $1,000 and $15,000. Applicants should be seniors in high school who plan to attend a two- or four-year university, college or vocational institute in the fall of 2015. Entrants must own/operate an established business. Applications may be submitted beginning October 1 and the final application deadline is December 18. For more information visit www.NFIB.com/YEA or e-mail yef@nfib.org.

Paula Levine Choreographers Contest ~ sponsored by Hollins University, invites sophomore and junior high school girls to create a solo dance composition and submit it as a DVD. First prize is $200 and the opportunity to perform the dance at Hollins' annual Spring Dance Concert. For information visit www.hollins.edu. Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations ~ Princeton University sponsors this annual program, which recognizes 9th-12th grade students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations in their school and/or community. Students whose applications are postmarked by January 31, 2015 will be eligible for prizes, including cash awards up to $1,000. For more information visit www.princeton.edu/pprize, e-mail pprize@princeton.edu or phone 800-742-1036.

QuestBridge College Prep Program ~ This program provides more than 1,500 awards that give outstanding low-income high school juniors the knowledge they need to compete for admission to leading colleges. The program provides a variety of opportunities for highly qualified students such as full scholarships to summer programs at leading colleges and universities, college admission counseling, invitations to QuestBridge College Admissions Conferences, all expense paid visits to college campuses, college application advice via telementoring, and an opportunity to win a Quest for Excellence Award. High school juniors with a strong academic record and an annual family income of less than $60,000 are encouraged to apply. For more information visithttp://www.questbridge.org.

Short Screenplay Contest ~ Hollins University is sponsoring a screenplay contest for girls who are high school sophomores and juniors. The winner will receive a new HD Go-Pro camera and a trip to Hollins for their 2015 Senior Film Show. For information e-mail screenplay@hollins.edu. The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

SunTrust Off to College Scholarship Sweepstakes ~ SunTrust will present 30 $500 scholarships for education expenses to high school seniors. The sweepstakes is free to enter and eligibility is not based on GPA or financial need. Students may enter every two weeks, up to 15 times during each sweepstakes period. Two winners will be randomly chosen every two weeks from October 31 to May 15. The sweepstakes opens September 15; to enter visit suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.

Conferences and Symposiums

Women in Engineering (WIE) DREAM Conference 2015 ~ Registration is now open for students interested in taking part in the 2015 WIE DREAM Conference. This free conference is open to all high school students, particularly girls, and includes interactive workshops, discussions and demonstrations that will immerse participants in an exciting learning environment with the goal of igniting interest in engineering. The event will be held at the Adele H. Stamp Student Union on the University of Maryland's College Park campus on February 14, 2015 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. Participants must register at http://www.wie.umd.edu/k12/dream-conference. Students who attend the conference and subsequently enroll in UMD's Clark School will be eligible to apply for DREAM scholarships valued at up to $2,500.


Be a Page ~ You could be one of a select group of high school seniors from across the state who will go to the State Capitol in Annapolis to work as a page for the Maryland General Assembly. Selected students will work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday-Friday) in either the Senate or the House of Delegates during the 2015 Legislative Session, which runs from January 14 through April 13. Pages receive $55 per day to cover expenses. For information contact Mr. Brower, visit dls.state.md.us (click "Student Programs") or call the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Office at 410-946-5128

Washington National Opera Young Associates Program ~ High school students from the greater DC area have the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at how a world-class opera company operates with the WNO Young Associates Program. The program is designed for serious classical singers interested in pursuing opera in college, high school vocalists looking to explore new areas, and/or students interested in working in classical music or musical theater; it will center around a series of rehearsal observations and discussions of the WNO's production of La boheme. For more information and application materials see your counselor. You may also call or e-mail Ashi Day at 202-416-8846 or akday@kennedy-center.org, The application deadline is October 6, 2014.

Leadership Training

University of Notre Dame Leadership Seminars ~ a 10-day all expenses paid program for advanced students who wish to hone their critical thinking and expressive skills in the company of dynamic peers. For rising high school seniors only. Applications due January 23, 2015. For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

Pre-College Programs

Babson College Summer Study ~ Babson College, a fast paced, top-ranked business school located in Wellesley, Massachusetts, offers their summer study for high school students from July 7 through August 8. The residential program is open to rising juniors and seniors and focuses on Babson's unique method of Entrepreneurial Thought and Action. For information visit www.babson.edu/summerstudy

Bonner Summer Fellows Prgoram ~ The College of New Jersey's Pre-College Program for rising high school juniors and seniors presents students with both credit (two weeks)and non-credit (one week) options. Students will live on campus and focus on community engaged learning. For more information visit http://precollege.pages.tcnj.edu/

Catalyst Academy at Cornell University ~ This one-week residential program is designed for underrepresented high school students who excel in math and science and want to learn more about careers in engineering. Up to 46 rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may attend the program, which costs $1,450 and will be held July 12-18. To apply visit www.engineering.cornell.edu/catalyst; deadline is March 1.

Curie Academy at Cornell University ~ This one-week residential program is designed for high school girls who excel in math and science and want to learn more about careers in engineering. Up to 46 rising junior and senior girls may attend the program, which costs $1,450 and will be held July 12-18.Visit www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie to apply; the deadline is March 1.

Duke University Summer Session ~ Duke University wants you to have the summer of your life while preparing for the sophisticated, vibrant and life-altering educational experience that is college. Current 10th and 11th graders are invited to spend their summer at the Duke Summer College, which has a dynamic curriculum designed around students' passions and interests. Current 9th-12th graders may choose to enroll in the Duke Summer Academy, a personal enrichment program offering courses with a global perspective. For information about these programs visit http://summersession.duke.edu/high-school-students.

Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP) ~ The highly acclaimed ECSP offers rising high school seniors a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and fun experience. Students spend the mornings taking a variety of liberal arts classes in history, theology, philosophy, and English literature. The afternoons and evenings are spent enjoying recreational and social events on Christendom's Front Royal campus and the surrounding Shenandoah Valley. ECSP will hold six one-week sessions throughout June and July. Registration opens December 1; for information visit http://Christendom.edu/admissions/ecsp.php

Experiment in International Living ~ The Experiment in International Living provides summer abroad programs for high school students in Africa, Asia, Europe, Latin America, the Caribbean and the Middle East. Programs are designed to equip participants with essential cultural and language skills, but also with a deeper awareness of and sensitivity to critical global issues shaping the diverse communities and regions students visit. For information visit experiment.org.

Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ this New York based company offers nine different academic programs: four in England at Oxford and Cambridge, two in France, two in Spain and one in New York City. Each program offers a variety of academic subjects. Visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com for information.

Phillips Exeter Academy Summer School ~ More than 780 students take part in Phillips Exeter's five-week program of academic study, athletics and exploration. The upper school program accepts students who have completed grades 9-12, while Access Exeter is open to students who have completed grades 7-8. For more information visit www.exeter.edu/summer.

National Society of Black Engineers' SEEK Program ~ The SEEK Program is designed to be a fun and engaging educational experience, led by NSBE engineering students and technical professionals. Students will work in teams, using a hands-on curriculum, to solve problems and create products while discovering the underlying math and science principles involved. Each week, the students will take on a new project, culminating with a presentation, design competition and physical competitions that all parents are encouraged to attend. This free, three-week commuter program is open to rising 9th through 12th graders and will be held at a District of Columbia high school Monday-Friday from 8:30 a.m. until 3:30 p.m. (dates to be determined). 100 students in each grade level will be able to attend. Online registration opens February 3, 2015 at www.nsbe.org/Seek.

Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS) ~ 54 bright, motivated high school sophomores will participate in one of three challenging, residential six-week college-level courses in African American studies and other fields at the University of Michigan, Indiana University, and Cornell University. TASS covers all program costs other than travel. For information visit their website at http://www.tellurideassociation.org/. Application deadline is January 8.

Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) ~ A six-week residential educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. TASP covers all program costs other than travel. For information visit their website at http://www.tellurideassociation.org/ The application deadline is January 20.

Temple University's Summer Owls Leadership Experience ~ This three-week program allows students to choose one three-credit college course in business, media and communications, the health professions or science taught by Temple faculty members. Participants will experience college life as they live in the dorms, engage in leadership and college preparation workshops, and explore Philadelphia. Participants who complete the course and later apply and are accepted to Temple will be eligible for a $4,000 scholarship to the university. For information visit www/temple.edu/summerowls.

University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering ~ The Clark School of Engineering's Pre-College Program at the University of Maryland is designed to expose talented 11th grade students to the field of engineering. It works to prepare participants to perform well on the SAT and it provides students and families with the tools and strategies necessary to navigate the college application process. Applicants must have PSAT scores available and a minimum 3.4 GPA. The program costs $100 and will begin November 15, 2014. Students interested in applying should see Ms. Owens.

University of Notre Dame Study Abroad ~ This 12-day program will immerse students in the history and culture of the Eternal City. For rising high school seniors only. Applications due January 16, 2015. For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars ~ a two-week program that introduces students to college-level academics in fields ranging from the liberal arts to the sciences and business. For rising high school juniors and seniors. Applications due January 30, 2015. For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

Washington Journalism and Media Conference (WJMC) ~ Hosted by George Mason University, the WJMC seeks high-achieving rising junior and senior students with an interest in journalism and the media to attend this residential summit on July 12-July 17. Participants will be placed in real-world experiences with media professionals at the National Press Club, the Newseum, and the U.S. Capitol. Past speakers have included media professionals from NBC's Meet the Press, and the Today Show, the Washington Post, and CNN's State of the Union. See your counselor if you are interested in being nominated to attend.

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences ~ Visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu to learn more about Washington University's pre-college programs. Their Summer Scholars students enroll in two undergraduate courses, earn college credit and get an early taste of college life. Students in their Summer Institutes explore careers and majors in medicine, writing, archaeology, engineering, research, leadership and more.

Washington Youth Summit on the Environment (WYSE) ~ Hosted by George Mason University, the WYSE seeks high-achieving rising junior and senior students with an interest in environmental science to attend this residential summit on June 28-July 3. The summit will include panel discussions and site visits to the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian's National Zoo. Keynote speakers will be some of the nation's most prominent environmental and conservation organizations. Participants will take an active role in the conferences, applying important leadership and decision-making skills, while getting a taste of college life. See your counselor if you are interested in being nominated to attend.

Girls Who Code Summer Program ~ Rising juniors and seniors who take part in this seven week summer immersion program are embedded inside a technology company each day where they get hands-on experience in computing concepts, mobile app development, robotics, web development and design. Daily classroom instruction is paired with talks and workshops led by female entrepreneurs, CEOs, developers, designers, and computer science majors who serve as mentors and role models throughout the program. The application goes live on January 15 -- for more information visit http://girlswhocode.com/programs/

Volunteer Opportunities

Counseling Calendar

    • TueDec23 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedDec24 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • MonDec29 Jan 24 SAT Registration Deadline 11:30 PM to 12:00 AM
    • TueDec30 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedDec31 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • TueJan06 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedJan07 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • ThuJan08 Deans' Meetings 7:30 AM to 8:30 AM
    • FriJan09 Feb 7 ACT Registration Deadline 11:30 PM to 12:00 AM
    • TueJan13 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria

Counseling News

Posted 10/09/2014 04:51PM
​Josephine Kalshoven and Mary Korendyke, Class of 2015, were named Commended Participants in the National Merit Scholarship Program, for placing in the top 5% of over 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Posted 10/09/2014 04:23PM
Breana Ross, Class of 2015, has been named a Seminfinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Jordan Hinkle, Akosua Johnson, Laken Smothers and Jordan Wells were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Posted 09/01/2014 07:00AM
Bishop McNamara High School and four of its faculty and staff are commemorating significant years of dedicated service to Catholic schools education.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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