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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.
2015 White House Student Film Festival ~ K-12th grade students are invited to enter their short film on the theme The Impact of Giving Back to this year's White House Student Film Festival. Tell a story about paying it forward, about community service, or what making a difference looks like in your eyes and through your lens. It can be a fictional story or a short documentary. Films must be no longer than three minutes; the official selections will be featured on the White House website and shared across the world on White House sites and official social media accounts. Winners may even have a chance to attend the film fest at the White House. For information visit their website at http://www.whitehouse.gov/filmfestival?utm_source=email&utm_medium=email&utm_content=email430-text3&utm_campaign=filmfest. The submission deadline is February 2.
Cyber Bullying Public Service Announcement Contest ~ The Abelson Law Firm in Washington, D.C. is sponsoring a contest for members of the Class of 2015 who attend high school in Maryland, Washington DC, and Northern Virginia. Interested students will create and submit a 60-second or less video designed to heighten awareness and encourage prevention of cyber bullying among young people. A panel of judges will choose a winner based on originality, imagination, and the inspirational nature of the message. The producer of the winning video will receive a $2,000 college scholarship, 2nd prize is $1,000 and the third place producer will win a $500 scholarship. In addition, all entries will be posted on YouTube, where the public will vote for their favorites. The producer of the video with the most YouTube votes will win an IPad. For information visit www.seekingjustice.com/scholarship/.
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.
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.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org 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.
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.
16th Annual Youth Law Fair ~ The Youth Law Fair, sponsored by the Superior Court of the District of Columbia, brings together judges, lawyers, educators and community leaders with D.C. area teenagers for a positive, hands-on experience with the legal system. It is designed to empower students with a better understanding of rights and responsibilities, to encourage the pursuit of higher education, and to provide information on community resources. This free event will be held on Saturday, March 21 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse, 500 Indiana Avenue N.W. For information e-mail Outreach@dcbar.org
Forensic Science Symposium ~ Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania will host their 13th annual Forensic Science Symposium on Saturday, March 28 from 8 a.m. until 5 p.m. For more information about the event contact Janine Kishbaugh at 610-606-4666, Ext. 4666 or e-mail email@example.com.
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.
AgDiscovery 2015 ~ is a free 2-4 week summer outreach program which allows high school students to learn about careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness. Students live on one of 17 college campuses and learn about agriculture from university professors, scientists, and administrative professionals who work for the U.S. Government in a variety of fields. AgDiscovery is sponsored by the USDA's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service (APHIS). For more information telephone APHIS at 301-851-4199 or e-mail firstname.lastname@example.org
Economics for Leaders Summer Camps ~ The Foundation for Teaching Economics (FTE) produces a series of Economics for Leaders (EFL) camps for rising high school juniors and seniors. EFL sessions are led by economics professors and leadership instructors who teach leaders how to integrate economics into the process of decision-making in a hands-on, experiential environment. Each program is held at one of thirteen college campuses, including Yale, Duke, Cornell, the University of Chicago and William & Mary. Cost varies by location but ranges from $850 to $1,200 plus transportation. For more information, a complete list of sites and dates, and application information visit www.fte.org and click on "Student Programs".
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 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.
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
Barnard College ~ Current 10th and 11th grade girls are invited to take part in Barnard's Pre-College programs. Barnard offers both commuter and residential options with programs of varying lengths and emphasis. All programs take place on Barnard's New York City campus and have a full-time supervisory staff. For information about the various programs visit www.barnard.edu/summer.
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/
Carnegie Mellon University ~ Carnegie Mellon's pre-college programs will be held from June 27-August 8 and will include courses in architecture, art & design, drama, music and the National High School Game Academy. For information phone 412-268-2082 or visit admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college.
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.
Congregation of Holy Cross Summer Seminary ~ This summer immersion program includes two weeks of theological study, common prayer, and community life for high school men who are considering a vocation to the Catholic priesthood. The program will help participants deepen their consideration of God's call and experience what it would be like to enter a college seminary program. The program will take place from June 27-July 11 at the University of Notre Dame's Old College in Notre Dame, Indiana. For information telephone 574-631-6385, e-mail email@example.com or visit precollege.nd.edu/seminaryimmersion.
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 Academy/Summer College ~ 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, and earn college credit, 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.
Furman Summer Scholars ~ Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to live on Furman's Greenville, SC campus, participate in classes led by some of Furman's favorites professors, and get a taste of college life during one of their two pre-college programs. Dates are July 5-11 and July 12-18, the cost is $1,200 for one week and $2,200 for both, and the application deadline is May 1. For information visit furman.edu/admission.
George Washington University Pre-College Programs ~ GW offers several programs of varying lengths, including a 6-week college intensive (July 5-August 14), a 3-week college intensive (July 5-24), and a 6-week online session offered either May 18-June 27 or July 6-August 15. These programs all offer from 3-8 credits. Their summer immersion program is a non-credit program and two sessions will be offered, the first from July 5-17 and the second from July 19-31. For information visit precollege.gwu.edu.
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/
Hollinsummer ~ Hollins University offers three distinct summer programs for rising 9th-12th grade girls. Caught in the Act focuses on theater and will be held July 19-25 ($750). Riders Who are Going Places, an equestrian camp, will be held July 19-25 and July 26-August 1 ($1,000). Taking Joy in the Art of Creative Writing will take place July 19-25 and July 26-August 1 as well ($750). For information visit hollins.edu/hollinsummer.
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.
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.
SAME Summer Camps ~ The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME), in collaboration with the Military Services, offers four engineering/STEM camps designed for high school students who excel in math, science and technology courses and are interested in pursuing engineering, architecture, or a related field in college. These one–week camps are high energy, hands–on events led by a professional staff of engineers from both private industry and the uniformed military services. The U.S. Army Camp is June 7-13 in Vicksburg, MS with a March 20 deadline. The U.S. Air Force Camp is June 25-July 1 in Colorado Springs, CO, the U.S. Marine Corps camp is June 21-27 at Camp Lejeune, NC, and the U.S. Navy camp is July 21-25 at Port Hueneme, CA. The latter three have an April 14 deadline. Visit samecamps.org for locations, dates and application deadlines.
Sewanee: The University of the South ~ The Bridge Program in Math & Science is sponsored by the University of the South and provides a scholarship for tuition, room and board. Twenty selected students will live in a dorm, work with college students, and study under university professors. The Bridge Program will take place June 21-July 11 and the application deadline is April 1. For more information visit bridge.sewanee.edu or contact 931-598-1241.
Smith College Precollege Programs for High School Girls ~ Young women are taken seriously and inspired to excel -- as scholars, scientists, and leaders at Smith College. They offer a variety of summer programs for rising high school girls, including Science and Engineering (July 5-August 1/$5,500), Writing Workshop (July 5-18/$2,825), Women's History (July 5-18/$2,825), Field Studies for Sustainable Futures (July 5-18/$2,900) and a college admission workshop (July 19-25/$1,650). For information visit www.smith.edu/summer.
Summer Discovery ~ Offers a variety of programs located on college campuses throughout the United States, including Georgetown and Johns Hopkins. Participants take classes with university professors, live in the residence halls and dine in campus cafeterias to get the full college experience. Weekends include planned events and activities. Programs range from 2-6 weeks and cost from $2,599 to $9,999 depending on location and length. For information visit summerdiscovery.com
Summer Study ~ Offers a variety of programs, ranging in length from two to six weeks, at Penn State, Colorado State, and Fordham Universities, or the Sorbonne in Paris. Each program includes academics, field trips to local sites, and other activities. For information visit their website at www.SummerStudy.com.
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.
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 Maryland Young Scholars Program ~ College-bound students are invited to participate in the Young Scholars Program at the University of Maryland in College Park. This selective pre-college program allows high school students to pursue academic interests, discover career opportunities, and explore university life while earning three university credits. The program will be held July 12-31; for more information visit ysp.umd.edu.
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 Ballet Summer Dance Program ~ This 4-week program, scheduled for June 22-July 17, accepts seventy-five students who attend classes from 8am-3pm Monday through Friday to jump and bend through ballet, pointe, modern, jazz, African dance, and cultural dance. Incorporated with movement courses are art and music instruction offered in collaboration with the Corcoran Gallery of Art and Levine School of Music. Students ages 4 and older are accepted; auditions are held each month from February through May. To schedule an audition call 202-889-8150.
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. For information visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu.
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.