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

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.

Hollins University's 51st Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest ~ The Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University, awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school.  First prize is $200, free tuition and housing for the university's Hollinsummer creative writing program, and publication in Cargoes, Hollins' award-winning student literary magazine.  Students must submit their poems by October 30, 2014 online at hollins.edu/poetrycontest.  E-mail hupoet@hollins.edu or contact the Hollins Office of Admission at 800-456-9595 with any questions.

Junior Achievement Essay Competition 2014 ~ Junior Achievement is pleased to announce their 2014 essay competition, sponsored by David M. Rubinstein.  The competition is open to any student in the 9th-12th grades in Greater Washington.  Students should write a 1,000-1,500 word essay on the topic "Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"  Essays must be submitted online at www.myJA.org/students/essay/ by October 29.  Three winners from each of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will receive a $10,000 scholarship.  In addition, one grand prize winner from among all applicants will receive a $20,000 scholarship. 

 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.

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.

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

The Perry Initiative ~ The Perry Initiative inspires young women to be leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering by partnering with medical centers, universities and high schools nationwide.  Interested young women in grades 10 and up with an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are invited to attend the Perry Outreach Program on November 1, 2014 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  The application deadline is October 1.  For more information visit www.perryinitiative.org.


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

Pre-College Programs

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.

Volunteer Opportunities

Counseling Calendar

    • SunOct05 SAT Prep Class 12:00 PM to 4:00 PM
    • TueOct07 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • TueOct07 Sophomore Parent/Counselor Meeting 6:00 PM to 8:00 PM
    • WedOct08 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • ThuOct09 Nov. 9 SAT Registration Deadline 11:30 PM to 12:00 AM
    • SatOct11 SAT Exam 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • MonOct13 College Application Workshop 10:00 AM to 2:00 PM
    • TueOct14 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • TueOct14 Freshman Parent/Counselor Meeting 6:00 PM to 8:30 PM
    • WedOct15 Standardized Testing Day 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM

Counseling News

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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