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

10-Minute Play Contest ~ Hollins University is sponsoring a competition for high school sophomore and junior girls interested in writing a short play.  The winner will receive $200 and a trip to Hollins for their 10-Minute Play Festival, where her play will be produced.  For information visit hollins.edu.  Entries must be submitted by February 15, 2015.

East Meets West International Essay Competition ~ Since 2004, Dongwha Cultural Foundation has been promoting East Asian culture, philosophy, and art through their educational programs.  Their annual international essay competition is designed to provide an intellectual and creative forum that empowers young voices and broadens the dialogue on cultural awareness and exchange.  The 2014 essay contest will begin accepting applications on May 15 and will continue to accept entries through July 25.  There is a $15 entry fee.  For more information or to register visit www.donghwaculture.org/emwie2014.html or e-mail essay@donghwaculture.org.  You can also check out their blog at eastmeetswestdonghwa.wordpress.com.

Fireside Essay Scholarship Contest ~ Each year Fireside Catholic Publishing, through their essay contest, recognizes outstanding Catholic High School seniors who are daily "putting their faith into action".  Applicants must write a 750-word essay on the topic "How is your religious education influencing your life?".  Five winning essays will be chosen and each winner will receive a $1,000 scholarship.  The deadline to submit application paperwork and essay is December 12, 2014.  For information see your counselor.

The Foundation for Individual Rights in Education (FIRE) Essay Contest ~ High school juniors and seniors are eligible to participate in FIRE's essay contest. Students must submit an essay between 800 and 1,000 words; the first prize winner will receive a $10,000 scholarship, the second place author will receive a $5,000 scholarship, three $1,000 runner-up prizes will be awarded, and four $500 winners will be chosen at random from the remaining essays.  FIRE will accept essay contest entries from August 1, 2014 through January 1, 2015.  Visit thefire.org/contest for the topic and additional entry details.

Hollins University's 51st Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest ~ The Annual Nancy Thorp Poetry Contest, sponsored by Hollins University, awards prizes for the best poems submitted by girls who are sophomores or juniors in high school.  First prize is $200, free tuition and housing for the university's Hollinsummer creative writing program, and publication in Cargoes, Hollins' award-winning student literary magazine.  Students must submit their poems by October 30, 2014 online at hollins.edu/poetrycontest.  E-mail hupoet@hollins.edu or contact the Hollins Office of Admission at 800-456-9595 with any questions.

Junior Achievement Essay Competition 2014 ~ Junior Achievement is pleased to announce their 2014 essay competition, sponsored by David M. Rubinstein.  The competition is open to any student in the 9th-12th grades in Greater Washington.  Students should write a 1,000-1,500 word essay on the topic "Should young Americans be required to spend at least one year in public service or is such a requirement an unnecessary government intrusion?"  Essays must be submitted online at www.myJA.org/students/essay/ by October 29.  Three winners from each of the District of Columbia, Maryland and Virginia will receive a $10,000 scholarship.  In addition, one grand prize winner from among all applicants will receive a $20,000 scholarship. 

 NFIB Young Entrepreneur Awards ~ Each year the NFIB Young Entrepreneurs Foundation awards non-renewable scholarships to recognize young people who have demonstrated entrepreneurial spirit and initiative.  The scholarships are valued between $1,000 and $15,000.  Applicants should be seniors in high school who plan to attend a two- or four-year university, college or vocational institute in the fall of 2015.  Entrants must own/operate an established business.  Applications may be submitted beginning October 1 and the final application deadline is December 18.  For more information visit www.NFIB.com/YEA or e-mail yef@nfib.org.

Paula Levine Choreographers Contest ~ sponsored by Hollins University, invites sophomore and junior high school girls to create a solo dance composition and submit it as a DVD.  First prize is $200 and the opportunity to perform the dance at Hollins' annual Spring Dance Concert.  For information visit www.hollins.edu.  Deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

The Princeton Prize in Race Relations ~ Princeton University sponsors this annual program, which recognizes 9th-12th grade students who have demonstrated a commitment to advancing the cause of positive race relations in their school and/or community. Students whose applications are postmarked by January 31, 2015 will be eligible for prizes, including cash awards up to $1,000.  For more information visit www.princeton.edu/pprize, e-mail pprize@princeton.edu or phone 800-742-1036.

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 visithttp://www.questbridge.org.

Short Screenplay Contest ~ Hollins University is sponsoring a screenplay contest for girls who are high school sophomores and juniors.  The winner will receive a new HD Go-Pro camera and a trip to Hollins for their 2015 Senior Film Show.  For information e-mail screenplay@hollins.edu.  The deadline for submissions is January 15, 2015.

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 31 to May 15.  The sweepstakes opens September 15; to enter visit suntrusteducation.com/scholarshipsweepstakes.

Conferences and Symposiums

The Perry Initiative ~ The Perry Initiative inspires young women to be leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering by partnering with medical centers, universities and high schools nationwide.  Interested young women in grades 10 and up with an interest in science, medicine and/or engineering are invited to attend the Perry Outreach Program on November 1, 2014 at Johns Hopkins University in Baltimore.  The application deadline is October 1.  For more information visit www.perryinitiative.org.


Be a Page ~ You could be one of a select group of high school seniors from across the state who will go to the State Capitol in Annapolis to work as a page for the Maryland General Assembly.  Selected students will work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday-Friday) in either the Senate or the House of Delegates during the 2015 Legislative Session, which runs from January 14 through April 13.  Pages receive $55 per day to cover expenses.  For information contact Mr. Brower, visit dls.state.md.us (click "Student Programs") or call the Maryland General Assembly Student Page Office at 410-946-5128

Washington National Opera Young Associates Program ~ High school students from the greater DC area have the opportunity to get an up close and personal look at how a world-class opera company operates with the WNO Young Associates Program.  The program is designed for serious classical singers interested in pursuing opera in college, high school vocalists looking to explore new areas, and/or students interested in working in classical music or musical theater; it will center around a series of rehearsal observations and discussions of the WNO's production of La boheme.  For more information and application materials see your counselor.  You may also call or e-mail Ashi Day at 202-416-8846 or akday@kennedy-center.org,  The application deadline is October 6, 2014.

Leadership Training

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.  Applications due January 23, 2015.  For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

Pre-College Programs

Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ this New York based company offers nine different academic programs:  four in England at Oxford and Cambridge, two in France, two in Spain and one in New York City.  Each program offers a variety of academic subjects.  Visit www.oxbridgeprograms.com for information.

 University of Maryland A. James Clark School of Engineering ~ The Clark School of Engineering's Pre-College Program at the University of Maryland is designed to expose talented 11th grade students to the field of engineering.  It works to prepare participants to perform well on the SAT and it provides students and families with the tools and strategies necessary to navigate the college application process. Applicants must have PSAT scores available and a minimum 3.4 GPA.  The program costs $100 and will begin November 15, 2014.  Students interested in applying should see Ms. Owens.

University of Notre Dame Study Abroad ~ This 12-day program will immerse students in the history and culture of the Eternal City.  For rising high school seniors only.  Applications due January 16, 2015.  For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

University of Notre Dame Summer Scholars ~ a two-week program that introduces students to college-level academics in fields ranging from the liberal arts to the sciences and business.  For rising high school juniors and seniors.  Applications due January 30, 2015.  For information visit precollege.nd.edu.

Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences ~ Visit summerexperiences.wustl.edu to learn more about Washington University's pre-college programs. Their Summer Scholars students enroll in two undergraduate courses, earn college credit and get an early taste of college life. Students in their Summer Institutes explore careers and majors in medicine, writing, archaeology, engineering, research, leadership and more. 

Volunteer Opportunities

Counseling Calendar

    • TueOct21 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedOct22 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • SatOct25 ACT Exam 7:30 AM to 12:00 PM
    • MonOct27 First Quarter Ends 7:30 AM to 3:30 PM
    • TueOct28 2nd Quarter Begins 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
    • TueOct28 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedOct29 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary
    • FriOct31 Distance Learning Day 7:30 AM to 8:00 AM
    • TueNov04 Modern & Classical Languages Study Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMSenior Lounge -- Cafeteria
    • WedNov05 Math Power Hour 3:15 PM to 4:15 PMLibrary

Counseling News

Posted 10/09/2014 04:51PM
​Josephine Kalshoven and Mary Korendyke, Class of 2015, were named Commended Participants in the National Merit Scholarship Program, for placing in the top 5% of over 1.5 million students who took the Preliminary SAT/National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test (PSAT/NMSQT).
Posted 10/09/2014 04:23PM
Breana Ross, Class of 2015, has been named a Seminfinalist in the 2015 National Achievement Scholarship Program. Jordan Hinkle, Akosua Johnson, Laken Smothers and Jordan Wells were named Outstanding Participants in the National Achievement Scholarship Program.
Posted 09/01/2014 07:00AM
Bishop McNamara High School and four of its faculty and staff are commemorating significant years of dedicated service to Catholic schools education.
Bishop McNamara High School
6800 Marlboro Pike, Forestville, MD 20747
Phone: 301.735.8401
Fax: 301.735.0934
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