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

Emperor Science Award ~ The Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on an important cancer research project. Whether virtually, or in a lab, students will be able to connect with their mentors to develop valuable research, organization and communication skills! 10th and 11th grade students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For information visit http://www.emperorscienceaward.com.

Fireside Catholic Publishing Essay Contest ~ Fireside Catholic Publishing is proud to recognize outstanding high school seniors enrolled in a Catholic high school through their annual essay contest. Contestants should write a 750-word essay on the topic How is your Religious Education Influencing Your Life?. Five winners will receive $1,000 cash awards. The entry deadline is December 4, 2017. Only one senior from BMHS may enter; any interested members of the Class of 2018 should see their counselor for more details.

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.

Lexus Eco Challenge ~ This national STEM competition for grades 6-12 empowers students to make a difference in the eco health of our planet. Teams of 5-10 students are asked to create practical solutions to eco issues related to land, water, air and climate. Up to $500,000 in scholarships and grants will be awarded to students, teachers and schools. For information visit scholastic.com/lexus. The deadline is October 16, 2017.

National High School Essay Contest ~ The Lambda Gamma Gamma chapter of Omega Psi Phi Fraternity, Inc. invites college-bound high school seniors to write a 700-750 word essay on the topic "What Actions Can You Take to Promote Social Justice and Embrace Diversity of All People?" College scholarships will be awarded to the top three essays: $500 to the first-place author, $200 to the second-place essayist, and $100 to the third-place author. The winning author's essay will be submitted to the fraternity's district headquarters where it may compete for an additional $5,000 scholarship. Essays should be emailed to Lggessaycontest@gmail.com no later than 5:30 p.m. on October 20, 2017. Visit their website at www.ques-lgg.org for more details.

Pirates Pitch ~ Seton Hall University invites high school entrepreneurs in grades 10-12 with at least a 3.0 GPA to enter their Pirates Pitch competition. To enter describe an original business idea, in 350 words or less, that you have created or would like to create. The first place winner will receive a $2,500 cash prize and a $10,000 scholarship to Seton Hall, the second place winner earns $1,000 cash and a $6,000 scholarship and all other finalists receive a $4,000 scholarship. To enter visit their website. The submission deadline is midnight, October 18.  

Princeton Prize in Race Relations ~ This award recognizes high school students who are helping to improve race relations in their schools or communities. Winners, selected from 27 regions across the U.S., receive $1,000 and an all-expense paid trip to Princeton University to attend their symposium on race. For information or to apply visit www.princeton.edu/pprize. The deadline is January 31.

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 $65,000 are encouraged to apply. For more information visit http://www.questbridge.org. The free online application is due September 27, 2017.

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ~ Established in 1923 by Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson, the Scholastic Awards have grown to become the nation's highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative students. Submitted artwork and writing are recognized at the regional level and move on to the national competition, where nearly 2,600 works in 29 categories of art and writing receive National Medals and scholarship prizes. For information on how to enter visit artandwriting.org.

SunTrust Off to College Sweepstakes ~ Students are invited to enter each month, beginning September 12, for the chance to win a $500 scholarship. No minimum GPA or financial need is required. Two scholarship winners will be randomly chosen from all entries for each drawing period. The first drawing will be held October 30 and the final drawing is May 14. Enter at www.suntrust.com/offtocollege.

Wendy's High School Heisman ~ Student-athletes in the Class of 2017 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are role models and leaders are encouraged to apply to the Wendy's High School Heisman program. One male and one female student-athlete from each participating high school will be chosen to compete at the state, regional and national level. Prizes are awarded at each level and range from Wendy's gift cards, to patches and medals, to $10,000 scholarships for the national winners. Eligible student-athletes may apply at WintheWendysHeisman.com.


Conferences and Symposiums

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Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) has several high school apprenticeships (HSAP, REAP, SEAP) that are now open for enrollment. See detailed descriptions below. Spaces are limited; prospective participants are encouraged to apply early.

The High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) targets juniors and seniors who have never had the opportunity to experience research in a real-world college or university laboratory setting. This program serves as an introduction to scientific research. Apply through AEOP at www.usaeop.com ~

Maryland General Assembly Page Program invites students in the Class of 2018 to apply to work as a page during the 2017 Legislative Session, January 10 - April 9, 2018. Pages will have the opportunity to work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday - Friday) in either the Maryland state Senate or the House of Delegates at the state capitol in Annapolis. Pages receive a $55 per day stipend to cover expenses. Visit dls.state.md.us for more information; see your guidance counselor to apply. 

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.

Research and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) This program is aimed toward students in underserved and underrepresented populations, including females, students who may receive a free or reduced lunch, or ethnic groups such as Hispanics or African Americans. Apply through AEOP at www.usaeop.com 

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) is a program that matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with talented high school students creating a direct mentor-student relationship that provides students with training that is unparalleled at most high schools. For more information email seap@asee.org or telephone 202-649-3833. To apply visit http://seap.asee.org/ ~ the application deadline is October 31, 2017.

Leadership Training

Model G20 Youth Leadership Summit ~ This international forum for high school students was devised by Knovva Academy in partnership with Harvard US-China Economic Interaction Council and GiantBug Foundation, to provide rigorous academic opportunity and practical leadership experience for high school students passionate about making an impact in their world. Participating students gain skills in research, public speaking, negotiation, cross-cultural collaboration and much more, through lectures, workshops and a highlighted multi-day political role-playing simulation. The event will take place February 7-11, 2018 at Harvard University. Click here to visit their website. 

Pre-College Programs

Discover the World of Communication ~ American University's 2018 summer program offers high school students an opportunity to explore the field of communication in a dynamic university setting. The program includes a film, video and photography track, a writing, journalism and broadcasting track, and a communication track. Choose from two or four-week sessions and residential or commuter options. For information visit audiscover@american.edu.

Engineering Your Future (EYF) are day-long sessions designed to expose current high school students to the wonderful world of engineering at the University of Maryland’s A. James Clark School of Engineering. Sessions consist of a general engineering presentation, tour of engineering facilities and hands-on engineering activities with current Clark School students.  Participants will also engage in discussions about what it takes to be college-ready and excel as an engineering student. EYF will be held on two Saturdays, November 18 or December 8, and both run from 10 a.m. until 3 p.m. To register click this link. For information contact Ms. Aishah Briscoe, Program Coordinator, at 301-405-5342.

Metro Warriors STEM Open House ~ Plan to attend Metro Warriors Open House on Sunday, September 10 to learn about their year-round program, which 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 World Education Center in Fort Washington, Maryland. For information visit their website at www.mwso.org, e-mail rmccain@mwso.org, or call 202-670-4179.

Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ Oxbridge offers international summer academic programs in Spain, France, and England, as well as programs in three U.S. cities: New York, Los Angeles, and Boston. For information email info@oxbridgeprograms.com or visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com.

The University of the Arts Pre-College Summer Institute ~ The University of the Arts in Philadelphia offers visual arts, writing and performing arts intensives where high school students can experience college life and earn three college credits. Programs range in length from two to four weeks. For information visit their website at uarts.edu/summerinstitute.

Yale University's Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) ~ Yale University will offer seven unique interdisciplinary sessions during the summer of 2018 which will bring together sophomore and junior students from around the world to hone their abilities to understand and think critically about contemporary global issues. Session topics include applied science and engineering, international affairs, science and technology, sustainable development and social entrepreneurship, biological and biomedical science, politics, law and economics, and Asia in the 21st century (held in Beijing, China). Dates vary by program. Admission is very selective; need-based financial aid is available. For information visit globalscholars.yale.eduThe application deadline is February 6.


Volunteer Opportunities

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Counseling Calendar

    • ThuNov02 Transfer Student Check-In
    • TueDec19 Progress Reports on Maccess
    • MonFeb05 Report Cards On MACCESS 4:00 PM
    • ThuMar08 Parent & Teacher Conferences 4:00 PM to 7:00 PMSchool Campus
    • TueMar20 Junior Parent Meeting 6:30 PM
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