Enrichment Opportunities

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Competitions and Contests

Diverse Minds Writing Challenge ~ B'nai B'rith is calling for high school students to enter their writing challenge, which asks individuals or teams to write a children's book that celebrates tolerance and diversity. The first place individual or team will earn a $5,000 scholarship and B'nai B'rith will have their book professionally published. The competition is open to students in grades 9-12. The submission deadline is March 18. For information visit www.bnaibrith.org/diverseminds.

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.

Moody's Mega Math Challenge ~ High school juniors and seniors are invited to form teams of 3-5 students, with one teacher-coach, to compete in Moody's Mega Math Challenge. Teams will work for 14 hours the weekend of February 27-28 to solve an open-ended modeling problem, entirely via the internet. Teams must register by February 19. For information visit M3Challenge.siam.org.

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 Sustainable Development Challenge ~ The United Nations has set 17 sustainable development goals to help end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. Seton Hall's School of Diplomacy and International Relations invites high school students in 10th-12th grade to submit a 300-500 word statement that describes an innovative approach or idea for addressing one of these goals. 10 finalists will present their ideas in person at Seton Hall or via Skype. Each finalist will receive a partial scholarship to Seton Hall; the top two winners will also receive cash prizes. The deadline for submission is March 27, 2016. For information visit www.shu.edu/go/UNchallenge.

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.

Women in Engineering (WIE) DREAM Conference ~ The University of Maryland is hosting their 8th annual WIE DREAM Conference for all high school students, particularly girls, interested in engineering. The conference will be held on Saturday, February 27 from 9 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. The day will include interactive workshops, discussions and demonstrations. To register visit www.wie.umd.edu/k12/dream-conference. The conference is free for participants and includes lunch. Students who attend the conference and subsequently enroll in the Clark School of Engineering at UMD will be eligible to apply for a $2,500 DREAM scholarship.

Youth Law Fair 2016 ~ The 17th Annual Youth Law Fair will take place on Saturday, March 19 from 10 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. at the H. Carl Moultrie Courthouse in Washington, D.C. The fair brings together judges, lawyers, educators, community leaders and DC area teenagers for a positive, hands-on experience with the legal system. This year's theme is Blunt Talk: Clearing the Haze Around D.C.'s Marijuana Laws. Students will participate in mock trials, tour holding cells, discuss courtroom experiences with members of the legal community, enjoy a catered lunch and participate in a raffle drawing. For information e-mail Outreach@dcbar.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".

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

AgDiscovery 2016 ~ This summer outreach program from the US Department of Agriculture helps middle and high school students explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management, and agribusiness through hands-on labs, workshops and field trips. The 2- to 4-week programs are hosted by 20 participating universities including the University of Maryland, the University of Maryland Eastern Shore, Delaware State University, Virginia State University and North Carolina State University. For details about program locations and dates visit www.aphis.usda.gov/agdiscovery. Application deadline is March 7.

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

Babson Entrepreneurial Development Experience ~ This residential program takes place at Babson College from July 6-August 3 and encompasses a complete entrepreneurial living and learning experience. Targeted toward high-achieving students currently in the 10th and 11th grades, this challenging program carries four college-level credits. For information visit www.babson.edu/summerstudy.

Barnard College Summer Programs ~ Barnard College offers a wide variety of summer programs for young women currently in the 10th or 11th grades. Programs include Summer in the City, Liberal Arts Intensive, Young Women's Leadership Institute, Dance in the City, Summer Science Seminars, and Entrepreneurs-in-Training. Participants will be challenged and stimulated while living and learning like a college student in New York City, including field trips, evening and weekend activities. Dates and session lengths vary by program. For information visit www.barnard.edu/summer.

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.

Boston University's Pre-College Programs ~ Boston University offers several pre-college programs that allow students to immerse themselves in college life, meet new friends, explore new subjects, and discover historic Boston. Programs include the High School Honors Program, Research in Science & Engineering, Academic Immersion: Introduction to Medicine, the Summer Challenge Program and the Summer Preview Program. Programs vary in length, eligibility requirements, and cost. For information visit bu.edu/summer/highschool.

Carnegie-Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs ~ Jumpstart your future with programs in architecture, art & design, drama, music and Carnegie Mellon's National High School Game Academy, taking place from June 25-August 6 on their campus in Pittsburgh. For more information visit admission.enrollment.cmu.edu/pages/pre-college.

Christendom College Summer Experience ~ This highly acclaimed week-long program for rising high school seniors offers a unique educational, cultural, spiritual, and social experience. Participants leave Christendom's Front Royal, Virginia campus with a new appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, true friendship and the beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. For information visit christendom.edu/experience.

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.

Catholic University of America's Summer on Stage ~ CUA will host two summer workshops for rising juniors, seniors and college freshmen to strengthen acting skills, increase voice, dance and musicianship abilities and prepare for auditions. The first, scheduled for July 5-15, will focus on drama and the second, to be held July 18-29, will focus on musical theater. For information visit their website at drama.cua.edu/summer or phone 202-319-5358.

Duke University Summer College ~ This elite 4-week, credit-bearing program is designed to provide the academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success for current 10th and 11th grade high school students. The Summer College will take place from July 10 to August 5. For more information visit their website at summersession.duke.edu.

Duke University Summer Academy ~ Current high school students in grades 9-12 are invited to immerse themselves in Duke's Summer Academy, an international experience designed to provide an academic and residential environment through which participants will gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders. The 3-week session will take place from July 16 to August 5. For information visit their website at summersession.duke.edu.

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.

Furman University Summer Scholars ~ Rising high school juniors and seniors may participate in classes led by some of Furman's favorite professors, live on campus, and get a taste of college life as a Furman Summer Scholar. Sessions are July 10-16 and/or July 17-23 and the cost is $1,200 for one week and $2,200 for both weeks. The application deadline is May 1. For information visit furman.edu/summerscholars.

George Washington University Pre-College Program ~ GW invites high school students to engage in rigorous academic experiences in their college intensive (for credit) or summer immersion (noncredit) programs. Classes are taught by expert faculty and academics are integrated with an exploration of the intellectual, cultural and historic resources of Washington DC. Applications are due May 15. For information visit precollege.gwu.edu.

Hollinsummer 2016 ~ This residential program for high school girls will be held July 17-23 on Hollins' beautiful Roanoke, Virginia campus and offers three courses of study: theater, horseback riding, and creative writing. For information visit Hollins' website at www.hollins.edu/hollinsummer.

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.

Metro Warriors STEM ~ This year-round program offers science, technology, engineering and mathematics learning through project-based programs designed with mentoring, competition and coaching components. Their mission is to expose underrepresented youth, ages 6-17, to STEM through summer, after school and weekend activities including robotics, radio controlled vehicle competitions, Lego league competitions, math tutoring, etc. They are based at National Christian Academy in Fort Washington, Maryland. For information e-mail rmccain@MWSO.org.

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.

NECIR @ Boston College ~ The New England Center for Investigative Reporting (NECIR) is partnering with Boston College to offer this two-week intensive summer journalism workshop for high school writers and journalists. Students will hone their investigative reporting, writing and research skills as they focus on the topic of childhood hunger. The program will take place July 18-29. For information visit necir.org/summer.

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.

Oxbridge Academic Programs Summer Seminar ~ The Oxford Summer Seminar will be held August 1-8 at Corpus Christi College in Oxford, England. Students will choose a major and minor in courses such as business, creative writing, critical thinking, economics, English literature, genetics, history, international relations, law, medicine, politics and psychology. Students in grades 10-12 may apply. For information visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com.

Pratt Institute PreCollege Program ~ High school students 16 and older may seize the opportunity to experience college-level study at the prestigious Pratt Institute in New York City. The PreCollege summer program is a full-time program that consists of two college credit-bearing courses and two non-credit, pass/fail courses. Areas of study include art, design, architecture, creative writing, or cultural studies. Courses run from July 5-29. For information visit pratt.edu/precollege.

Pre-Engineering Summer Academy at Rutgers University ~ High school students between the ages of 16-18 are invited to Rutgers University's New Brunswick, NJ campus for a week-long certificate program that will introduce students to a variety of engineering areas including aerospace, biomedical, civil, computer, electrical, forensic and mechanical. The academy will take place from July 31-August 6 and costs $2,239. For information visit their website at http://summer.rutgers.edu/preengineering

PREFACE Summer Program at Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute (RPI) ~ This highly-selective two-week residential summer experience is designed for rising juniors and seniors from groups that have been historically underrepresented in science, engineering and technology and who are interested in pursuing a career in these fields. The cost of tuition, room & board are covered by corporate sponsors for the 24 students who are selected. Those students will experience college life on RPI's campus while they explore the STEM fields through classes and workshops, all while building leadership and team-building skills. The deadline to apply is March 25. For information visit their website at doso.rpi.edu.

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.

School of the Museum of Fine Arts, Boston ~ SMFA's pre-college summer studio, a rigorous program for high school students interested in the visual arts, includes access to personal studio space, a faculty of professional artists and educators, portfolio development guidance, mentorship, and the opportunity to explore Boston. Courses include 2D painting and drawing, 3D sculpture and installation, digital media (photography and graphic arts) and moving images (video and animation). The program will be held from July 10-August 5.

St. John's College Summer Program ~ High school students ages 15-18 will read and discuss a selection of texts from some of the most important works of Western culture in small classes guided by St. John's faculty. Three courses will be offered at their Santa Fe, New Mexico campus (The Shock of Beauty, June 26-July 2; Wrestling the Unknown, July 3-9, and The Art of Seeing, July 10-16) and their Annapolis, Maryland campus will host Beginnings from July 17-23 and Justice, Freedom & Law from July 24-30. For information visit www.sjc.edu/summeracademy.

Summer of Art 2016 at Otis College of Art and Design ~ This four-week college preparation program encourages students to be individualistic, passionate and joyful in their approach to art and design. Artists 15 and older are invited to take part in this college immersion experience, which will take place July 5-29 on Otis' Los Angeles, California campus. For information visit www.otis.edu/soa.

Summer Study Programs ~ Summer Study Programs, based in Melville, New York, offers several summer study options for interested students. Programs are 2-5 weeks, allow students to earn college credits, and include a variety of internships, workshops, activities and cultural enrichment. Penn State, Colorado State and Fordham Universities will host programs in the United States and the Sorbonne in Paris will host a study abroad experience. For information visit www.SummerStudy.com.

Terp Young Scholars ~ College-bound seniors, juniors and sophomores are invited to experience the Terp Young Scholars program at the University of Maryland. Participants will pursue their academic interests, investigate career opportunities and earn three college credits, all while exploring life at Maryland's College Park campus, one of the top research universities in the United States. The program will take place from July 10-July 29. For information visit ysp.umd.edu or e-mail ysp@umd.edu.

Washington National Opera (WNO) Young Associates Program ~ This program offers high school students from the greater DC area an opportunity to explore the professional world of opera through rehearsal observations, question & answer sessions with artists and professionals in the field, and mock auditions during the production of Lost in the Stars. Students attend four sessions and are often invited to additional activities. Musical theater students are encouraged to apply. For information visit kennedy-center.org/wnoyoungassociates. The application deadline is January 8.

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. Their Summer Scholars program allows students to choose from over 40 courses and earn college credit. Their six different non-credit Summer Institutes include pre-med, pre-engineering, writing, environmental studies, leadership, and philosophy/psychology. For information visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu.

Yale University's Young Global Scholars Program ~ This academic enrichment and leadership training program is offered to talented high school students around the world, who live and study on the Yale campus during the summer. YYGS offers six different two-week sessions, each focusing on a different area of study, with start dates in June and July. For information visit globalscholars.yale.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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