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BISHOP McNAMARA HIGH SCHOOLA Catholic, Holy Cross, Coeducational, College Preparatory School for Grades 9-12

Enrichment Opportunities

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Competitions and Contests

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.  

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.

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

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

Conferences, Symposiums and Workshops


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. 

Leadership Training

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.

Pre-College Programs

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. 

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. 

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.

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), 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.

Volunteer Opportunities