Enrichment Opportunities

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Competitions and Contests

Fireside Catholic Publishing Essay Contest ~ Fireside Catholic Publishing will once again recognize outstanding Catholic high school seniors who are daily putting their faith into action. The essay topic this year is "How is your religious education influencing your life?". Contestants must write a 750-word essay; the winner will receive a $1,000 cash award. Only one student per school may enter. Interested seniors should see Ms. Auchmoody or Ms. Treichel. The contest deadline is December 11.

The Hamilton Award and the Hamilton Leaders Academy ~ Winners of the Hamilton Award are automatically enrolled in the Hamilton Leaders Academy, where they join a distinguished cohort of peers from across the U.S. The Hamilton Leaders Academy is a no student cost program that helps students get into college, transition to college, succeed while in college and transition to the post college world. Visit their website at www.hamiltonfriends.org/awards.php for more information.

Junior Achievement Essay Competition ~ Students in 9th-12th grade in Greater Washington are invited by Junior Achievement and their sponsor, David M. Rubenstein, to submit a 1,000-1,500 word essay to their annual essay competition. The topic this year is "What does the American Dream mean to you and is it still thriving in Greater Washington". Three winners from each of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will receive a $10,000 scholarship. One grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 scholarship. The school with the greatest number of applications will receive a $6,000 grant. Students must submit their essays online at www.JAEssay.org by December 8.

Princeton Prize in Race Relations ~ The Princeton Prize in Race Relations consists of regionally awarded $1,000 cash awards as well as an annual symposium on race held at Princeton. Candidates in grades 9-12 must have been actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in his or her school or community. The application deadline is January 31, 2016. For information visit their website at www.princeton.edu/pprize.

Prudential Spirit of Community Awards Program ~ The Prudential Spirit of Community awards were created in 1995 to recognize students who have made meaningful contributions to their communities through volunteer services. They are awarded annually on the local, state and national level. Interested students should visit their website at http://spirit.prudential.com or www.nassp.org/spirit.

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 visit http://www.questbridge.org.

Scholastic Art & Writing Awards ~ The Alliance for Young Artists & Writers invites students in grades 7-12 to dive into their imaginations to create and enter their artwork or written work in one of the contest's 28 submission categories. Student work will be recognized with medals and scholarships, exhibitions and publication. For information visit artandwriting.org. Deadlines vary by region.

Seton Hall University's Pirates Pitch Competition ~ All high school sophomores, juniors and seniors with a GPA of 3.0 or higher are invited to enter the Pirates Pitch competition. Submit an original business plan, in 350 words or less, that describes an innovative product or service that you would like to create or have created. 10 finalists will be selected to present their business ideas at Seton Hall or via Skype on November 20, 2015. The winner will receive a $2,500 cash award and a $10,000 scholarship to Seton Hall. To enter visit www.shu.edu/go/HSPitch.

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 30 to May 13. The sweepstakes opens September 14; to enter visit suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.

Conferences and Symposiums

National Society of Black Engineers Regional Conference ~

The National Society of Black Engineers (NSBE) has more than 29,000 members and is one of the largest student-governed organizations in the country. Founded in 1975, NSBE includes more than 394 college, pre-college and technical professional/alumni chapters in the United States and abroad. Their mission is to increase the number of culturally responsible black engineers who excel academically, succeed professionally and positively impact the community. The group will hold their regional conference from November 6-8 in Bethesda, Maryland. For more information visit their website at www.nsbe.org.


National Aeronautics & Space Administration (NASA) ~ Visit NASA's website at www.nasa.gov/audience/forstudents to learn more about job and internship opportunities at NASA.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) ~ Rising 10th-12th graders 16 years of age or older with an interest in science and engineering are encouraged to apply to the Office of Naval Research's SEAP program. Student apprentices participate in an 8-week long summer research project in laboratories across the country, including Virginia and Washington, D.C. In addition to the valuable work experience, participants also receive a $3,300 stipend. For information call 202-649-3833 or e-mail seap@asee.org. To apply visit http://seap.asee.org/apply. The application deadline is December 4.

Smithsonian Institute ~ The Smithsonian's Office of Fellowships & Internships offers students the opportunity to advance their education and career through the myriad internship opportunities offered at the world's preeminent museum system. For information visit www.smithsonianofi.com.

Smithsonian Latino Center's Youth Ambassadors Program ~ Graduating seniors with a commitment to the arts, sciences or humanities as they pertain to Latino communities are encouraged to apply for this week-long, all expenses paid training and leadership seminar and a 4-week internship with a $2,000 stipend. Participants will be able to explore various career paths, embrace their cultural heritage and gain practical and leadership skills and educational growth. The seminar takes place in Washington, DC with internships available in 19 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For information visit latino.si.edu/programs/youngambassadors.

Leadership Training

ASCEND ~ The Upsilon Tau Omega Chapter of Alpha Kappa Alpha Sorority, Inc. is launching ASCEND, a youth enrichment program designed to motivate, engage and assist high school students in reaching their maximum potential. The program will focus on achievement, self-awareness, communication, engagement, networking, and developmental skills during mandatory monthly sessions, held one Saturday each month, from 9 a.m. to noon, from February through June. There is a $25 fee. For information e-mail Education_enrichment@akaupsilontauomega.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".

INROADS College Links Program has been providing students with leadership development and business soft skills since 1970 through internship programs and development activities. THe program includes year-round coaching and mentoring, career exploration and development, networking skill development, college preparation activities, etc. It is open to high school students with a 3.0 or higher GPA who plan to attend a four-year college or university majoring in business or any of the STEM fields. Participants must commit to a full year of activities, including development sessions each month. The application deadline is September 11. For information visit their website at www.INROADS.org/collegelinks or contact Adriana Spikes-Freeman at 202-744-5163/afreeman@inroads.org.

Susquehanna University's Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE) ~ LIFE is a one-week program conducted by Susquehanna's Sigmund Weis School of Business. Students work with teammates in a simulated entrepreneurial setting to create and run their own business. Teams engage in a variety of business-related competitions and develop their own infomercial, all while experiencing life on a college campus. For information visit www.susqu.edu/life.

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.

Youth Leadership Bowie ~ This unique program consists of one Saturday retreat and seven monthly day-long activities. It is designed to expose young people to the myriad of potential career opportunities available to them. Leadership opportunities, both experiential and observational, will be of paramount importance. Problem solving skills will be developed and refined as participants plan and produce a program that addresses a community need. Applicants must be rising sophomores or juniors and they must live in Bowie. For more information or an application e-mail david@bowiechamber.org or shein@cityofbowie.org.

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. For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

University of Pittsburgh's The Bridge: College Prep and Leadership Academy ~ The Bridge helps rising high school juniors and seniors prepare for their future. Participants will spend a week on campus working with Pitt's Student Affairs staff and current student leaders, learning how to be a better leader, exploring the ins and outs of the college application process, and preparing for the SAT and ACT. To register visit www.thebridge.pitt.edu.

Pre-College Programs

AIU High School Diplomat (HSD) Program ~ AIU Insurance Company, Japan is pleased to offer their 30th annual HSD program to current sophomore and junior high school students. The program brings American students together at Princeton University for a 10-day cultural and educational exchange program with students from Japan. No language experience is necessary. Forty American students will be awarded full scholarships to participate in HSD, which will take place from July 26-August 6. Applications are due January 8, 2016 and interviews will take place in March. For information or to apply visit www.highschooldiplomats.com

Berridge Summer Conservatory of Acting and Film ~ Applications are now open for Berridge's summer 2016 filmmaking and acting programs at Chateau le Mont Epinguet, France. Both programs will run from June 25-July 21; they offer a non-competitive, nurturing environment for young artists ages 14-19 to pursue the study of theater or film. Berridge offers $1,500 merit scholarships as well as financial need scholarships for up to 70% of the program tuition. For information visit www.berridgeprograms.com.

Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program (CBYX) ~ This U.S. Department of State program offers merit-based scholarships for a year-long study abroad program in Germany. The program was established in 1983 to celebrate German-American friendship based on common values of democracy. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, and participate in community life in Germany. The application deadline depends on the applicant's state of residence. For information visit www.usagermanyscholarship.org.

Experiment in International Living ~ provides high school students with summer abroad programs designed to increase their cultural skills, language skills and awareness of critical global issues. Programs are available in Europe, the Americas, Africa, North Africa, the Middle East, Asia and the Pacific. For information visit experiment.org.

iD Tech Camps ~ iD Tech offers five different summer camp experiences for students ages 7-17 interested in exploring information technology, including programming, app development, coding, game modeling, game development, robotics and more. The camps are held on college campuses throughout the United States, including Stanford, Yale, Princeton, MIT, UCLA and Harvard, and are a blend of STEM learning and traditional camp fun. Visit their website at www.idtech.com to learn more about dates, locations, costs and target ages for each camp.

Kennedy-Lugar Youth Exchange and Study Abroad Program (YES) ~ This U.S. Department of State program offers merit-based scholarships for year-long study abroad programs for high school and gap-year students. Countries may include Bosnia & Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Phillippines, Senegal, Thailand, and Turkey. The program is designed to increase understanding between people in the United States and people in countries with significant Muslim populations. Students live with host families, attend local high schools, do community service, and complete a capstone project. The application deadline for academic year 2016-17 is December 1. Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.

National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) ~ This U.S. Department of State program offers merit-based scholarships for high school or gap-year students to study Arabic, Chinese, Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajiki), Russian or Turkish. The NSLI-Y program immerses participants in the cultural life of the host country and provides formal and informal language practice. The application deadline for summer 2016 and academic year 2016-17 is October 29. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.

New York University's Tisch Summer High School ~ Rising juniors and seniors with a minimum 3.0 GPA are invited to challenge themselves and discover their true artistic potential in dance, filmmaking, drama, writing, photography, music, creative computing and gaming through NYU's summer high school programs. Students will live at NYU and experience a taste of college life while exploring New York City. Tuition for the program is for six college credits. Visit tisch.nyu.edu/special-programs for more information. The deadline for applications is January 13.

Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ Oxbridge offers a variety of summer study abroad programs for students in grades 8-12, including Oxford, Cambridge and St. Andrews in England, Barcelona and Salamanca in Spain, Paris and Montpellier in France, and New York City, UCLA and Harvard here in the United States. For information visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com.

Reynolds Young Writers Workshop ~ Denison University's week-long summer creative writing program brings the caliber of a professional writers' conference to high school students currently in grades 10-12. This year's workshop will be held June 12-19 at a cost of $1,300. Some financial aid is available. For information visit reynolds.denison.edu. Applications will be accepted online beginning January 4 and the application deadline is March 6.

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences ~ Washington University in St. Louis offers a variety of summer programs for middle and high school students to help them continue on their path of academic success. For information visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu.

Volunteer Opportunities

American Indian Festival ~ Patuxent River Park is looking for volunteers to help with their American Indian Festival which will be held from 9 a.m. until 5 p.m. on October 17 at the park. For information or to register call 301-627-6074. Volunteers may also sign up online.

American Indian Village Creation Project ~ The Maryland Department of Parks and Recreation is building a replicated Eastern Woodland Indian village in Patuxent River Park which will give future visitors the opportunity to explore the history of the indigenous people of Prince George's County. Volunteer help is needed, including preparing natural materials, planting flowers and gardens, constructing a dugout canoe, and building a longhouse, a wigwam, work shelters, heritage trails, and the palisade fence. Work will take place on September 26/27, October 2/3, and October 16. Interested volunteers should call 301-779-0371 or visit www.pgparks.com to register.

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