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

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.

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. Applications are due online by November 8, and should be submitted to Dr. Van der Waag as well.

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.

Conferences and Symposiums

Future Achievers in Science & Technology (FAST) ~ Harvey Mudd College in Claremont, California is hosting their 9th annual FAST program from September 29 to October 1 and November 10-12. This program offers high school seniors from populations traditionally underrepresented in STEM, including women, minorities, first generation to college, and students from rural or disadvantaged backgrounds, an opportunity to experience Harvey Mudd College. To learn more about this free program, visit www.hmc.edu/fast.

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. Several events are scheduled in our area including September 10 at the University of Delaware, October 8 at Johns Hopkins University and October 15 at Virginia Commonwealth University. For information or to apply visit www.perryinitiative.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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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. Visit www.yes-abroad.org for more information.

Metro Warriors STEM Open House ~ Plan to attend Metro Warriors Open House on August 14 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 in Fort Washington, Maryland. For information visit their website at www.mwso.org or e-mail rmccainbrenda@gmail.com.

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. Visit www.nsliforyouth.org for more information.

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.

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