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

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

FBI Teen Academy ~ The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) will hold their annual Teen Academy on Friday, July 22 from 7:45 a.m. to 4:00 p.m. at their Baltimore field office. The day includes a tour of the facility and presentations on the hiring process, polygraph, SWAT, Evidence Response Team, forensics, internet safety, and violent crimes/gangs. Students between the ages of 14-18 are invited to apply by May 27, 2016.

Perry Outreach Program ~ This is a free, one-day, hands-on experience for women in grades 10 and up who are interested in pursuing careers in medicine and engineering. Students will hear from women leaders in these fields and try it for themselves by performing mock orthopedic surgeries and biomechanics experiments. The event will take place on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore, MD. For information visit www.perryinitiative.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 17 cities across the U.S. and Puerto Rico. For information visit latino.si.edu/education/yap.

U.S. Department of Energy ~ The 2016 Minority Educational Institution Student Partnership Program offers talented students paid summer internship positions with the U.S. Department of Energy and its National Laboratories. Positions involve scientific research or a focus on policy, business, and government relations. Participants work side-by-side with leading scientists, engineers, and other top professionals to develop professional skills and enhance leadership capabilities. For information visit their website at https://www.doemeispp.org or call Jason Jeter at 202-745-3700.

Leadership Training

Abbey Road Leadership Academy ~ Abbey Road Programs is offering their inaugural Leadership Academy, which will be held on the campus of Emerson College in Boston. Students interested in international business, politics, government or the environment will enjoy this opportunity to learn first-hand about fundamental issues of the new century. For information visit www.goabbeyroad.com or phone 888-462-2239.

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".

General Shelton Leadership Challenge ~ This one-week summer residential experience for rising 9th-12th graders will take place July 17-22 on the campus of Methodist University in Fayettesville, NC. The Shelton Challenge is designed to help students acquire effective leadership skills based on General Shelton's cornerstones: honesty, integrity, compassion, diversity, and social responsibility. The application deadline is June 17. For information contact Doris Munoz via phone at 910-630-7022 or via email at dmunoz@methodist.edu.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute ~ Bryant University, in partnership with PricewaterhouseCoopers, one of the nation's top accounting firms, will host this leadership institute on the Bryant campus in Smithfield, Rhode Island from June 26-July 1. Program participants will take part in leadership, teamwork and problem-solving exercises, spend a day at the PwC offices in Boston, and experience college life. This free program is open to college-bound African American and Latino/a students who have completed their junior year and have a GPA of 3.0 or higher. The application deadline is March 31. For information visit bryant.edu.

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

Abbey Road Programs ~ Abbey Road offers students summer cultural immersion programs in Spain, France and Italy as well as academic tours of Europe that highlight the history of western civilization and the foundations of modern civilization. For information visit www.goabbeyroad.com or phone 888-462-2239.

AdCamp DC ~ Discover careers in advertising, hear from industry professionals, craft and pitch an ad campaign, and visit local advertising companies as part of AdCamp DC. The camp will take place from June 19-24 on the campus of Howard University. The application deadline is April 15. For information visit membership.aaf.org/adcamp.

Adelphi University Summer Pre-College Program ~ High school students are invited to challenge themselves with a rich academic experience while living and learning like a real college student on Adelphi's Garden City, New York campus. The program will take place from July 17-July 30 and will offer courses in nursing, business, game programming, psychology, the arts, sciences and health professions. For information visit precollege.adelphi.edu.

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

American Collegiate Adventures ~ ACA offers a variety of programs, ranging from one to six weeks in length, both in the United States and abroad. Pre-college programs in the United States are hosted at the University of Wisconsin in Madison and George Washington University in the District of Columbia. The study abroad programs will travel to England, Spain, France and Italy. ACA also offers a College Advantage program designed to improve SAT and ACT test scores while giving students personalized college advising sessions. This program is offered at four different locations: Pac-12 @ Los Angeles, Big 10 @ Chicago, Ivy League @ New York and Ivy League @ Boston. For information visit www.acasummer.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.

The Boston College Experience ~ Rising sophomores, juniors and seniors may choose from several summer programs designed to help students prepare for the college search and the transition to college life. Programs include Writers in the Making, BCE Honors, Math Experience, and Summer Challenge. Several offer college credit and all include college level work taught by Boston College faculty. For information visit their website at www.bc.edu/bce.

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.

The Bridge: Univ. of Pittsburgh College Prep & Leadership ~ The University of Pittsburgh designed The Bridge program to help rising high school juniors and seniors gain a competitive edge in the college application process. They have partnered with The Princeton Review to provide standardized test prep and practice and this week-long academy (July 10-15) will also support students in developing an action plan to navigate the college admissions process. The registration deadline is June 1. For information visit www.thebridge.pitt.edu.

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) ~ Rising juniors in high school of African American descent or who have an interest in African American culture are invited to apply to CLAE, which will be held July 2-9. The program is designed to introduce the benefits of a liberal arts education to students as they spend a week living on campus, taking classes with Carleton professors, and learning what it takes to be a successful college-bound student. Full scholarships are available and the application deadline is April 1. For information visit go.carleton.edu/clae.

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.

Cornell University's CURIE and CATALYST Academies ~ These one-week summer residential programs are designed for rising junior and senior high school students who excel in math and science and want to learn more about careers in engineering. The CURIE Academy is for young women only; the CATALYST Academy is for both men and women from ethnic groups that are severely underrepresented in the math, science and engineering fields. For information visit www.engineering.cornell.edu/curie and www.engineering.cornell.edu/catalyst.

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 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.

Duke University Summer Camps ~ Middle and high school students are invited to take part in a summer camp on their beautiful North Carolina campus. Camps include 3D printing, Action Science, Crypto-Camp, Neuro Camp, Creative Writing, SAT Boost and W.R.I.T.E for College among others. For information visit www.learnmore.duke.edu/youth.

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.

Experience America 2016 Summer Programs ~ Experience America offers three distinct programs: Game Experience (University of Washington in Seattle), Entrepreneurship (Foster School of Business, University of Washington) and Fashion at FIDM (FIDM and University of Southern California). The programs range from 15-18 days long and cost between $4,700 and $4,900. The program awards two half scholarships for each program to students who have demonstrated dedication and involvement in their school and community, academic achievement, and leadership. For information visit www.expamerica.net.

Engineering Camps at the University of Dayton ~ The University of Dayton offers two engineering summer camps for rising sophomore, junior and senior students. Their Summer Honors Engineering Camp will be held June 5-10 or June 26-July 1, while their Women in Engineering will take place July 10-15. For information about the honors camp visit go.udayton.edu/engr/honors_camp. For information about the Women in Engineering camp visit go.udayton.edu/wie.

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.

Exploring Engineering at the University of Maryland (E2@UMD) ~ Exploring Engineering is a one-week residential summer program for rising junior and senior high school girls who are considering engineering as a possible major. Students will live on campus and be immersed in the world of engineering through hands-on activities, laboratory experiments, workshops, team challenges and seminars. Two sessions will be offered, the first from July 10-16 and the second from July 17-23. Each session costs $1,000 and the application deadline is March 31. For information contact Bria Barry at 301-405-3283 or e-mail bmcelroy@umd.edu.

FIDM Summer Program ~ Aspiring fashion designers are invited to take part in the Fashion Institute of Design & Merchandising's immersive summer program at one of their four California campuses. Students will spend three days collaborating on creative projects, meeting industry professionals, and participating in hands-on workshops on topics such as fashion draping, sketching, and trend spotting. The program costs $300. To learn more visit FIDM/edu/go/SummerProgram.

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.

Girls Who Code ~ This 7-week summer immersion program for current 10th and 11th grade girls interested in computer science will be held at four different DC area locations from June 27-August 12. The program embeds classrooms in technology companies and universities, where students learn the fundamentals of computer science, from robotics to web page design, while gaining exposure to the technology industry and mentorship from women working in the technology field. Students attend the program Monday-Friday, from 9 am. until 4 p.m. For information visit http://www.girlswhocode.com.

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.

Holy Cross College Saints and Scholars Program ~ Join 60 of your high school peers on Holy Cross' Indiana campus for a one-week program that will challenge students to discover the kind of saint they are called to become. Through small groups, lively discussions, and direct community engagement, students will have the opportunity to think deeply about how their faith relates to big questions facing our world. The cost is $225 and students may choose from two sessions: July 17-22 or July 24-29. For information visit www.hcc-nd.edu/saints-and-scholars.

Howard University Business School Summer Programs ~ The Howard University Business School offers three separate summer programs for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in careers in accounting, computer information systems, or actuarial. The first two programs will be offered July 10-15 while the actuarial program will be held from July 10-22. Successful applicants will have SAT verbal/math scores of 1000. For information visit their website at http://www.bschool.howard.edu.

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.

Ithaca's Summer College 2016 ~ Ithaca College offers students the opportunity to experience college life and attend small classes led by some of their best faculty. Students also enjoy trips, picnics, movies, concerts, lectures, and talent shows. Programs cover a wide variety of subjects and last from one to three weeks. For information visit ithaca.edu/summercollege.

JCamp ~ The Asian American Journalists Association (AAJA) will hold a free, 6-day intensive, multicultural journalism training program for current high school 9th-11th graders, taught by professional journalists and including hands on training in writing, photography, television and radio broadcasting, online media and reporting. The program will be held at George Washington University from August 1-6. For information visit www.aaja.org/jcamp2016.

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.

LIFT at the University of Maryland ~ The University of Maryland's LIFT program runs throughout the year and is designed to serve as a supplement to a student's high school experiences by creating more opportunities to become college ready and to build academic and social skills. Their summer courses, offered throughout the month of July, include half-day classes (PSAT/SAT Intensive, Writing for College & Life, College and Career Exploration) and full day classes (Programming & Coding, Robotics). The cost for those who register by May 31 is $400 for half day classes and $600 for full day. For information visit www.precollege.umd.edu/lift.

Maryland Sports Business Academy ~ The University of Maryland, together with Under Armour, will host this two-week program for rising 10th-12th graders interested in working in the sports industry. The program, scheduled for July 10-22, is hosted by UMD's Robert H. Smith School of Business and will focus on management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership with a variety of interactive classroom sessions asnd guest speakers from across the sports industry. The cost is $2,500. For information visit www.go.umd.edu/MSBA2016.

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.

Miami University (Ohio) Summer Scholars Program ~ Rising juniors and seniors may spend two weeks this summer at the "original public Ivy", where they will explore a topic of their choice with an acclaimed Miami faculty member as well as participate in workshops focused on application essay writing, financial aid and scholarships, and leadership skills. Participants who choose to apply to Miami will receive priority consideration for Miami merit scholarships. Choose from two sessions: July 3-15 or July 17-29. For information visit MiamiOH.edu/SummerScholars.

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.

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program ~High school juniors with at least a 3.5 unweighted GPA are invited to apply for this free, intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism which will be held from August 5-15 on Princeton's New Jersey campus. Classes are taught by reporters and editors from major newspapers and magazines; students will film and produce a TV segment, conduct an investigative project, author a group blog, and report, write, edit and design their own newspaper. Applicants custodial parents must have a combined income, including any child support, of less than $45,000. For information visit www.princeton.edu/sjp.

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.

Sewanee Bridge Pre-Health and Field Science Program ~ Sewanee, the University of the South, offers a summer bridge class from June 12-July 2 on their campus in Tennessee. The pre-health track is designed for aspiring healthcare professionals while the field science track is for students who are interested in more fully developing a specific interest in field science. The cost is $1,575 and the application deadline is April 15. For information visit sewanee.edu/bridge.

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies ~ Stanford University will select top high school students from around the world to participate in engaging summer academic programs in the arts, humanities, math and science. The university offers six different programs; dates and costs vary by program. For more information visit spcs.stanford.edu/find-yourself.

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.

Students with Potential and Interest, Considering Engineering (SPICE Camp at University of Maryland) ~ SPICE Camp is a week-long commuter program for young women entering the 9th and 10th grades in fall 2016 who are interested in engineering. Students will be introduced to the world of engineering through projects, tours, and guest speakers. Each activity is designed to highlight the relevance of engineering in daily life and how engineering can work to improve societal problems. The camp, which is cosponsored by the Center for Minorities in Science and Engineering, will take place from June 27-July 1 and costs $350. The application deadline is March 31. For information contact Bria Barry at 301-405-3283 or email bmcelroy@umd.edu.

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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Counseling News

Congratulations to Gabriela Grant '16 who was named the winner of one of the five Young American Scholarships awarded by the Prince George's County Rotary Club.
Bishop McNamara High School celebrated our College Signing Day Ceremony to honor our senior class in their pursuit of college education after graduation.
As the Class of 2016 wraps up its final days of classes at BMHS, Julia Kalshoven receives the letter honoring her as a National Merit Scholar.
Bishop McNamara High School is participating in Do More 24! Join us on June 2nd for this 24-hour celebration of giving, sponsored by The United Way!
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