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2020 Prudential Spirit of Community Award ~ Now in it's 25th year, this program celebrates young volunteers and gives students in grades 5-12 the chance to win state and national awards. Students interested in applying must complete the online application by November 5. Certifiers will review all applications and select a local honoree to nominate for state-level judging by November 15. Applications can be certified by a high school principal, the head of a Girl Scout council, a county 4-H organization, an American Red Cross chapter, a YMCA or a Points of Light Global Network member. In February each state and the District of Columbia will name a top middle level and high school volunteer who will receive $1,000 scholarships and an all-expense-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of recognition events. Ten of the 102 state honorees will be named America's top youth volunteers of the year and receive an additional $5,000 scholarship.
Black History Month Essay Contest ~ Olivet Baptist Church is sponsoring an essay contest in honor of Black History Month. Students ages 14-18 should write a 900-1400 word essay on one of three topics: Why should African Americans value and pursue educational opportunities?; Who is your favorite African American entrepreneur and why?; and Who are the first two African American Congressmen in the state of Maryland? Which one is currently running for election? All entries must be emailed to OlivetEssayEntry@yahoo.com by February 20. The winning essayist will receive $150; winners will be announced on February 23 during Mount Olivet's 11 a.m. worship service. Students must be present to accept the prize.
Fireside Catholic Publishing ~ The Fireside Essay Scholarship awards $1,000 to five graduating Catholic high school seniors who submit the best essay titled "How is your religious education influencing your life?" Only one student per high school may apply; see your counselor for details. The submission deadline is December 9, 2019.
Force for Good Film Festival 2020 ~ Created to inspire students to use their cell phones as creative tools, the film festival seeks submissions of short videos with positive messages from high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors. Winners will have their films screened at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame, and may be eligible to receive a full scholarship to Notre Dame's two-week residential Summer Scholars program. Film Festival submissions are due April 3, 2020. Click here for more information.
Knights of Columbus Scholarship Program ~ Each year the Maryland State Council of the Knights of Columbus awards three scholarships to sons and daughters of members of the Knights of Columbus to help defray the cost of their Catholic high school tuition. They also offer three additional scholarships to Catholic high school students whose parents are not involved in the Knights of Columbus. Click here for details.
The Norm Brodsky Business Concept Competition ~ Rider University's College of Business Administration's Center for Entrepreneurial Studies is looking for entrants for their Norm Brodsky Business Concept Competition. To enter students must write a 400-word description of a business concept by the November 17, 2019 submission deadline. The winner will receive a four-year, full-tuition scholarship to Rider. Click here for details.
Pirates Pitch Competition ~ Seton Hall University's Stillman School of Business invites entrepreneurial high school students in grades 10-12 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher to enter their Pirates Pitch competition. Students should submit an original business idea that, in 350 words or less, describes an innovative product or service that he/she would like to create or has already created. Ten finalists will be selected to present their business ideas in person or via Skype on Friday, November 22. Over $50,000 in prizes will be awarded. Click here for more information. Entries are due by October 29.
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.
Metro Warriors STEM ~ The Metro Warriors STEM program offers students interested in robotics, coding, and cybersecurity opportunities to learn and compete in these STEM fields. The program aims to stimulate interest in the STEM fields and to encourage students in grades K-12 to attend college and pursue technology degrees. Registration is open now for classes beginning September 15. The group will hold a mandatory orientation on Sunday, September 8 from 3-5 p.m. The orientation and all classes are held at the National Christian Academy, 6701 Bock Road in Fort Washington. Click here for information.
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.
Exelon STEM Days ~ Young women interested in STEM are invited to take part in Exelon's free STEM Day with the Healthy Harbor Initiative in Baltimore on April 18. Participants will spend a day with like-minded students and professionals learning about STEM related careers and activities. Click here for more information or to register.
Forensic Science Symposium ~ Cedar Crest College in Allentown, Pennsylvania is hosting its 18th annual Forensic Science Symposium on Saturday, March 28 from 8:30 a.m. until 5:00 p.m. The symposium features interesting cases in drug chemistry, crime scene reconstruction, and DNA analysis. Sessions include From Wrongfully Convicted Teen to Advocate and Law School Graduate, Two Gunshots on a Summer Night, and The Impact of DNA on Victims of Crime. Admission is free; click here to register by March 23.
Dynamy Internship Year (DIY) Open House ~ If you're considering taking a gap year before pursuing college you're invited to meet the staff and students of DIY at their open house on April 3rd from 10 a.m. until 12:30 p.m. Participants will have the opportunity to explore Dynamy's internship opportunities, take an apartment tour, and learn about their program. DIY is a domestic, long-standing gap-year program created for students ages 17-22 who want to pursue a unique, hands-on learning experience prior to college. Click here for details.
Maryland General Assembly Page Program ~ A select group of high school seniors from across the state will be chosen to serve as pages during the 2020 legislative session at the state capitol in Annapolis. Selected students will have the opportunity to work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday through Friday) in either the Senate or the House of Delegates. Pages receive $55 each day to cover expenses. See your counselor for more information or telephone the page program at 301-970-5125.
ACLU Advocacy Institute ~ The ACLU is looking for a diverse group of high school students to take part in this week-long virtual program (July 19-24). Designed to bring the next generation of social advocates together to learn directly from ACLU staff and coalition partners, this program allows students to take a deeper look at some of the most important national and state-wide advocacy campaigns. Click here for more information.
IMPACT 2020 ~ This engaging virtual program is designed for middle and high school students to connect with other young leaders from across the country, tackle an issue in their community, and make a local impact on global issues through project-based learning. Registration is still open, and financial aid is available. To learn more about IMPACT 2020, a partnership program from Close Up & National Network of Schools in Partnership, please click here to check out their program.
University of Notre Dame ~ This free 10-day leadership training program for current high school juniors offers students the opportunity to experience life at Notre Dame as they live on campus and study under esteemed Notre Dame faculty. The university pays for admitted students' tuition, meals, and housing in this highly competitive program. Click here for more information.
Youth Leadership Greater Washington ~ This five-month leadership development program provides high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to learn about leadership styles, inclusion, social action, and resilience from influential change-makers in the DC area. There is no cost for students accepted into the program; participants are required to commit one Friday every month, 8:30 a.m. to 4:00 p.m., from January through May. Click here for more information. The application deadline is October 25 at 5:00 p.m.
Adelphi University Pre-College ~ High school students may explore a variety of topics at Adelphi's summer program, ranging from acting to human rights, business and entrepreneurship to science, medicine and health and more. The program will take place July 9 through August 1 on Adelphi's Garden City, Long Island, New York campus. Click here to learn more.
Black College Institute at Virginia Tech ~ The Black College Institute is a free academic summer enrichment program at Virginia Tech's main campus in Blacksburg. The program invites talented, high achieving and intellectually curious rising high school juniors and seniors to apply. Participants will be exposed to various academic disciplines through hands-on learning and workshops within the context of the African-American cultural experience. The institute also includes daily workshops on the college application process and a service learning project. There will be two 5-day sessions for seniors (June 14-19 and June 21-26) and one 3-day session for juniors (June 28-July 1). Click here for information or to apply. The application deadline is April 1.
Boston University Summer Term ~ High school students are invited to experience college life and academics as a part of Boston University's pre-college programs. Programs include High School Honors, Research in Science & Engineering, Academic Immersion, Summer Challenge, and Summer Preview. Click here for more information.
Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) ~ This week-long program is designed to introduce high school students to the strengths of a liberal arts education. CLAE scholars receive free room and board, tuition and travel costs during the program. Only 52 exceptional rising 11th and 12th grade students are accepted to the program, which takes place on Carleton College's Minnesota campus. Click here for details.
Chaminade University's Emerging Scholars Pre-College Programs ~ Chaminade University invites high school students to join their two-week immersion program. Participants will immerse themselves in college life as they tackle a major social issue, learn about community impacts, and build leadership skills, all while living on Chaminade's Honolulu, Hawai'i campus. Click here for more information.
Computer Science Summer Institute ~ Google's Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI) is a three-week introduction to computer science (CS) for graduating high school seniors with a passion for technology — especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field. This intensive, interactive, hands-on, and fun program seeks to inspire the tech leaders and innovators of tomorrow by supporting the study of computer science, software engineering, and other closely-related subjects. Click here for more information.
Dance Works Chicago at James Madison University ~ The School of Theatre and Dance at JMU has partnered with DanceWorks Chicago to present Next Steps - Summer Dance Intensive June 21-28 for students ages 13-19. Both residential and day programs are available and include daily technique classes, live music accompaniment, dance and injury prevention seminars, audition preparation and mock college auditions. Scholarships are available and no audition is required. Registration priority is given to those who register by May 1. Click here for information.
Discover the World of Communication ~ American University offers high school students the opportunity to explore the field of communication in their dynamic university setting through this AU School of Communications program. Students have the opportunity to create both narrative and documentary films, build a portfolio of photographs, do live stand-ups at Nationals stadium, interview professional athletes and leaders in the communication field, write news stories, develop their voice through fiction writing, and visit embassies in Washington, D.C. Programs are held in June and July; dates and length vary by program. Click here for details.
Exelon STEM Innovation Leadership Academy ~ This free week-long program is designed for young women currently in 10th and 11th grades who are interested in STEM. Participants will live on the University of Maryland's College Park campus from August 2-7 and learn about the energy industry through field trips, hands on activities, small group discussions, leadership development training, and an energy challenge. Each participant will receive an iPad. Applications are due April 22. Click here to learn more.
Goucher College Young Writers' Camp ~ Goucher College is encouraging students to GO GOUCHER this summer and participate in their Young Writers’ Camp for high school students who love to write. This one-week creative writing camp will provide the opportunity to prepare their college essays, learn about various genres of creative writing, explore life on a college campus, and create an anthology of student writing. The camp will be led by award-winning poet Will Schutt, whose 2013 work Westerly was selected as the winner of the Yale Series of Younger Poets award. The camp will be held July 6-10 from 9 a.m. until 4 p.m. at Goucher's Kratz Center for Creative Writing. Click here for more details.
Ithaca College Summer College 2020 ~ Discover what college life is like through Ithaca College's residential pre-college programs. Choose from their one-week (June 28-July 3) program, the three-week (July 5-24) option, the Ithaca Young Writers Institute (July 5-17), their Summer Theatre Intensive (July 5-24) or the STEM Institute (July 5-24). Click here for information.
Landmark College Summer Learning ~ Landmark College has pioneered innovative academic strategies and techniques for students with learning differences such as dyslexia, ADHD, executive function challenges, and autism. They invite high school students who dream of being more confident and better prepared learners to explore their summer programs, which include a summer bridge program for college students, a summer college readiness program for recent high school graduates, and two summer programs for current high school students. Click here for details.
Marist College Summer Pre-College Program ~ Marist College, located in the heart of the Hudson River Valley, offers rising high school juniors and seniors the opportunity to take courses in over 20 different areas of study including business, creative writing, criminal justice, cybersecurity, digital media, environmental science, fashion, game design, pre-law, sports communication and theatre. Two residential sessions are offered on their Poughkeepsie campus, June 28-July 11 and July 12-July 25. Click here to learn more.
National Institute of American History & Democracy ~ The College of William & Mary's National Institute of American History & Democracy offers high school students the opportunity to live and study on the college's historic Virginia campus. Students will visit historic sites and museums throughout the state, learning from historians, architectural historians, archaeologists and curators, while developing college level reading and writing skills and earning four hours of transferable college credit. Click here to learn more.
New York University Summer Programs ~ NYU offers a variety of summer programs for high school students in subject areas including business, the humanities and social sciences, arts and media, STEM, education and health, and college prep. Programs range in length from one to seven weeks, some carry credit and some scholarships are available. Click here for more information or to enroll.
Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ For the last 30 years Oxbridge Academic has been offering summer programs for students in grades 7-12 which allow them to explore new cities, new languages and new cultures through a variety of programs, all taught by university academics and professionals. Programs are held on university campuses and cultural centers in the United Kingdom (Oxford and Cambridge), the United States (Boston, Los Angeles and New York), France (Paris and Montpellier) and Spain (Barcelona and Salamanca). Click here for details.
Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies ~ Stanford University offers pre-college summer programs for students in grades 7-12 who are intellectually adventurous and passionate about learning. They offer advanced topics in mathematics, science, humanities, and the arts, coupled with courses in business and other subjects rarely taught in school. Their residential programs emphasize peer-to-peer learning, helping participants to grow as both a scholar and a person. Click here for details.
Stevens Institute of Technology ~ Stevens' summer program includes Engineering & Science, Technology & the Arts, and Business. In every program, students work with Stevens' faculty members, visit companies that are leading innovation and complete a creative final project from to start to finish. That project might be a business plan, a video game, an investment portfolio, or a short animation. Participants will get a taste of what campus life is like, explore a possible major, and make some new friends, all while exploring nearby New York City? Click here for information.
St. John's College Summer Academy ~ St. John's College is the liberal arts college for intellectual students who want to surround themselves with great books in philosophy, literature, math, science and more. Their summer academy immerses high school students in their unique, discussion-based classes through five week-long sessions, each with a different theme. Students may opt to attend either their Santa Fe, New Mexico or Annapolis, Maryland campus. Click here for more information.
Summer at Johnson & Wales University ~ Johnson & Wales University offers a variety of summer programs for students. High school juniors and seniors are encouraged to explore possible careers in culinary arts, baking & pastry arts, hospitality or criminal justice through their Career Explorations program. They also offer summer camps for younger children and teens including athletics, criminal justice "CSI", culinary, e-sports, equine and film. Click here for information.
Susquehanna University Pre-College Programs ~ Susquehanna is looking for motivated students to spend a week on their Pennsylvania campus learning new skills while experiencing college life through the college's summer pre-college programs. Students may choose from a variety of workshops on leadership, music, writing and publishing, finance, engineering, acting and law. Programs are scheduled throughout June and July depending on the program chosen. Click here for details.
Syracuse University Summer College ~ Celebrating its 60th year in 2020, Syracuse University's Summer College offers high school students the opportunity to explore their artistic, academic and professional interests while experiencing college life. The program offers sessions as short as one week and as long as six weeks, with credit and noncredit options, in more than 60 programs. Click here for more details.
Terp Young Scholars ~ The University of Maryland's Young Scholars Program invites rising high school 9th-12th graders to participate in their pre-college program July 12-31, 2020. Students experience hands-on learning from UMD faculty as they take one 3-credit college course, while exploring campus life through dormitory living and social activities. The cost is $4,000 for residential students and $2,750 for commuters. Click here for more information.
University of Notre Dame ~ Notre Dame's pre-college programs offer current high school sophomores and juniors the opportunity to earn college credit, experience world-class academics, and immerse themselves in the Notre Dame community on campus and abroad. Programs include Summer Scholars (June 27-July 11, choose from 24 courses), Study Abroad Rome (June 6-20) and Study Abroad Ireland (July 18-August 1). Applications open beginning October 15, 2019.
University of Southern California Bovard Scholars ~ USC has announced that it's Bovard Scholars application is now open. Applicants should be rising seniors with a 4.0 GPA currently enrolled in Algebra II, Trigonometry or above. If selected, each Bovard Scholar will have one full year of support through the admissions cycle and spend three weeks on the USC campus (July 12 through August 1), where they will receive personalized career exploration, expert admission and financial aid support, comprehensive test preparation and leadership development. This free program includes transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California. Click here to apply by January 17.