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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

Emperor Science Award ~ The Emperor Science Award program is committed to helping all students that have a passion for science join the next generation of cancer researchers. Through this award program, 100 winning students from across the country will be paired with a university-level mentoring scientist to collaborate on an important cancer research project. Whether virtually, or in a lab, students will be able to connect with their mentors to develop valuable research, organization and communication skills! 10th and 11th grade students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. For information visit

Fireside Catholic Publishing Essay Contest ~ Fireside Catholic Publishing is once again holding their annual essay contest for Catholic high school seniors. This year's topic is "How is Your Religious Education Influencing Your Life?" The authors of the five winning essays will receive $1,000 cash awards. Entries must be submitted by December 7. Students interested in entering the contest should see their counselor; only one entrant is permitted per high school.

Force for Good Film Festival ~ If you've got a phone you can make a film and enter it in the University of Notre Dame's Force for Good Film Festival. High school students in any grade are invited to submit five-minute videos with positive messages to the festival. Winners' films will be screened at the DeBartolo Performing Arts Center at the University of Notre Dame. One winner, either a sophomore or junior, will receive a full scholarship to Notre Dame's two-week residential Summer Scholars Program (Film Production Track). Click here to visit their Facebook page.

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 for more information.

Hispanic Heritage Foundation Youth Awards ~ honor Latino high school seniors nationwide for their accomplishments in the classroom, in the community, and for excellence in various educational categories, including business & entrepreneurship, community service, healthcare & science, education, media & entertainment, and technology & engineering. Awardees receive a Gold, Silver or Bronze award and up to $3500 in educational grants. Applicant must be currently enrolled in high school and graduating in the spring of 2019, have a minimum unweighted 3.0 GPA on a 4.0 scale, enroll at an accredited higher education institution in 2019-2020, be of Hispanic heritage (includes Spain, Brazil, Philippines), be a U.S. permanent resident, U.S. citizen, or qualify under the DACA and be able to attend the regional awards ceremony. Click here to apply.

Junior Achievement Essay Competition ~ Students in grades nine through 12 are invited to participate in the 2018 Junior Achievement essay contest. One grand prize winner will receive a $20,000 college scholarship, while three winners from each of DC, Virginia and Maryland will earn $10,000 scholarships. The essay topic is What would make your high school experience more relevant to your future? Essays must be 1,000-1,500 words in length and submitted online by February 15, 2019. Click here to apply or for more information.

Power of the Written Word (POWW) Scholarship ~ The Ladies of Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tau Delta Zeta Chapter are now accepting entries to their annual essay contest. The contest is open to females who are current high school seniors with a GPA of 2.5 or higher, residents of Prince George's County, and accepted into an accredited four-year college or university. Prizes will be awarded to the top three essayists in the amounts of $1,500, $1,000 and $750. Click here for the complete application and essay topic.

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

Prudential Spirit of Communities Award ~ honors students in grades 5-12 for outstanding service to others at the local, state and national level. Qualified local honorees receive the President’s Volunteer Service Award. Finalists receive an engraved bronze medallion while other state-level runners-up receive Certificates of Excellence. State honorees receive an award of $1,000, an engraved silver medallion, and an all-expense-paid trip with a parent or guardian to Washington, D.C., for national recognition events. National honorees receive an additional award of $5,000, an engraved gold medallion, a trophy for their schools or nominating organizations, and a $5,000 grant from The Prudential Foundation for a nonprofit charitable organization of their choice. The application deadline is November 6. See your counselor for more information. 

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

Scholastic Art and Writing Awards ~ Established in 1923 by Scholastic Inc. founder Maurice R. Robinson, the Scholastic Awards have grown to become the nation's highest honor and largest source of scholarships for creative students. Submitted artwork and writing are recognized at the regional level and move on to the national competition, where nearly 2,600 works in 29 categories of art and writing receive National Medals and scholarship prizes. For information on how to enter visit

Seton Hall's Sustainable Development Challenge ~ Seton Hall University's School of Diplomacy and International Relations invites high school students to submit a 300-500 word statement that describes an innovative approach or idea they have developed that will help the United Nations meet one of their 17 sustainable development goals to help end poverty, fight inequality and injustice, and tackle climate change by 2030. The first place winner will receive $2,500 cash and a $10,000 scholarship to Seton Hall. The second place prize is $1,000 and a $6,000 Seton Hall scholarship. All other finalists will receive $4,000 scholarships. The deadline for submissions is March 3. Click here to learn more.

SunTrust Off to College Sweepstakes ~ Students are invited to enter each month, beginning September 10, for the chance to win a $500 scholarship. No minimum GPA or financial need is required. Two scholarship winners will be randomly chosen from all entries for each drawing period. The first drawing will be held October 29 and the final drawing is May 13. Click here to enter.

Wendy's High School Heisman ~ Student-athletes in the Class of 2019 with a GPA of 3.0 or higher who are role models and leaders are encouraged to apply to the Wendy's High School Heisman program. One male and one female student-athlete from each participating high school will be chosen to compete at the state, regional and national level. Prizes are awarded at each level and range from Wendy's gift cards, to patches and medals, to $10,000 scholarships for the national winners. Eligible student-athletes may apply at

Young Entrepreneur Scholarship Competition ~ The Kilner Group real estate team and its partners are hosting their second annual scholarship competition. Current high school seniors in the DMV who have an original, creative business concept are encouraged to apply. Create a detailed business plan for your concept and present the plan convincingly to their scholarship committee and you may walk away with $10,000. The entry deadline is November 1. Click here for more information.

Conferences, Symposiums and Workshops

College Awareness and Planning for Careers in STEM ~ This free, interactive, hands-on workshop is for students in grades 9-12 and is designed to increase their awareness and understanding of career options in the STEM fields. The event will take place on April 27 from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at the Kaiser Permanente Center for Total Health in Washington, DC. Registration for the event closes on March 18th. Click here for information or to apply.

DC Bar Communities Youth Law Fair ~ Celebrate the 20th anniversary of the Youth Law Fair when you participate in this year's fair, scheduled for Saturday, March 16 from 9:30 a.m. until 2:30 p.m. This year's keynote speaker is the first-ever independently elected Attorney General of the District of Columbia, Karl A. Racine. The day's events include mock trials, speak out sessions, courtroom tours, exhibits, a catered lunch and door prizes. Click here for information or to register.

Metro Warriors STEM Program ~ The Metro Warriors STEM program will hold an open house and orientation for their 2018/2019 season from 4-6 p.m. on September 9 at National Christian Academy, 6701 Bock Road in Fort Washington. MWSO offers classes and activities that are in line with some of the most demanding careers and STEM Technologies today, including computer 3D printing, computer coding and design, computer build and networking and Future City. Click here to visit their website to learn more about their programs.

PricewaterhouseCoopers Accounting Careers Leadership Institute ~ Accounting firm PricewaterhouseCoopers hosts this week-long program designed to allow students to explore the role of accountants in society and accounting careers as well participate in leadership exercises, team building activities, and college application workshops. The program will take place on Bryant University's Rhode Island campus from June 23-28 and is open to African American or Black, Native American and Latino/a students who are rising seniors with a GPA of 3.0. Except for transportation costs, there is no charge for program participants and the application deadline is March 29. Click here for details or to apply.

Washington Journalism and Media Conference ~ George Mason University, in partnership with the National Press Club and the Newseum, will host the Washington Journalism and Media Conference for high-achieving high school students from across the country who have an interest in pursuing careers in journalism and the media. Participants meet and interact with professional journalists, CEOs of media companies, leaders in the media, and researchers and trailblazers in the journalism industry. The conference will be held July 7 to 12 or July 14 to 19. Some scholarships are available. Click here to visit their website or contact conference director Elena Johnson at 703-993-5010 or via email at with questions.

Washington Youth Summit on the Environment ~ George Mason University, in partnership with the National Geographic Society and the Smithsonian's National Zoo, will host the Washington Youth Summit on the Environment for high-achieving high school students from across the country who are interested in pursuing careers in conservation, sustainability, environmental science, and environmental policy. The interactive curriculum will bring students together with leaders, scientists, speakers, researchers and trailblazers in the growing environmental field. The summit will take place June 23-28; some scholarships are available. Click here to visit their website or contact program director Dr. Richard Friesner at 703-993-5010 or via email at

W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute ~ Princeton University is looking for strong math and science students with a 3.0 or higher GPA to join one of their Accelerated Learning Academy (ALA) interactive workshops. Students may choose from three tracks: medical science, biomedical engineering & technology or applied mathematics. The workshops will take place over three weekends, December 7-9, March 1-3 and April 26-28. Participants will explore career options in the STEM fields while learning from top scientists on Princeton's Ivy League campus. Click here to learn more or to apply.

The Youth Leadership Institute ~ A free, four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US. This highly selective program is designed to give young Latino leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. Applicants must be current juniors who identify as being of Hispanic heritage and who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application deadline is January 25. Click here to learn more or to apply.

The Young Leaders Summit ~ A free, four-day, overnight, college empowerment conference at the University of Chicago for a diverse cohort of 200 low-income high school juniors from all ethnic backgrounds, selected through a competitive application process. It is designed to give these young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. Applicants must be low income, as defined by Pell eligibility, current high school juniors who have a minimum 3.0 GPA. The application deadline is Friday, March 8. Click here for more information.


High School Apprenticeship Program (HSAP) is a summer STEM program offered by the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP). HSAP provides current rising high school juniors and seniors with an authentic science and engineering research experience alongside university researchers sponsored by the Army Research Office. Though this commuter program, students will learn research methods and develop skills in Army critical research areas in a university lab setting, preparing them for the next steps of their educational and professional career, all while receiving a $10/hour stipend.  Click here for information or to apply. 

Maryland General Assembly Student Page Program invites high school seniors age 16 and up to apply to work as a page during the 2018 Legislative Session, January - April 2019. Pages will have the opportunity to work two nonconsecutive weeks (Monday - Friday) in either the Maryland state Senate or the House of Delegates at the state capitol in Annapolis. Pages receive a $55 per day stipend to cover expenses. Click here for more information or see your guidance counselor for the name of your county's page coordinator.

National Aeronautics and Space Administration (NASA) is now accepting applications for their internship program. NASA Internships are competitive awards that provide unique research and operational experiences for high school students. Interns are integrated with career professionals and the program emphasizes mentor-directed, degree-related tasks that contribute to the operation of a NASA facility or the advancement of NASA's missions. The deadline for Spring 2019 is November 5, the Summer 2019 deadline is April 1, and the Fall 2019 deadline is July 1. Click here for more information.

National Institutes of Health High School Scientific Training and Enrichment Program (HiSTEP) targets financially disadvantaged high school students in the DMV who live within commuting distance of the main NIH campus in Bethesda. HiSTEP combines an introduction to scientific, professional and personal skills with leadership training and an exploration of STEM-M careers. In addition, college and career advising will help prepare participants for future scholarships and internships. Click here for more information.

National Institutes of Health HiSTEP 2.0 provides high school seniors and HiSTEP alumni an opportunity to spend eight weeks performing biomedical research side by side with NIH scientists on the main NIH campus in Bethesda. In addition, students will participate in weekly workshops and seminars aimed at developing their scientific, professional and personal skills. Click here for more information.

National Institutes of Health (NIH) Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research for High School Students (HS-SIP) provides an opportunity for 11th and 12th grade students who are 17 or older by June 15, 2019 to spend a summer working at the NIH side by side with leading scientists in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks with a start date of either June 13 or June 24 and include a stipend. Prospective candidates must apply online; the application will be available from mid-November until March 1. Click here for details.

Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP) is a summer STEM program from the Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) that places talented high school students, from groups historically underserved in STEM, in research apprenticeships at area colleges and universities. REAP apprentices work under the direct supervision of a mentor on a hands-on research project. They are exposed to the real world of research, they gain valuable mentoring, and they learn about education and career opportunities in STEM. REAP apprenticeships are 5-8 weeks in length (minimum of 200 hours) and apprentices receive a $1,500 stipend. Click here to learn more.

Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) is an Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP) that matches practicing Department of Defense scientists with talented high school students to create a direct mentor-student relationship. SEAP participants receive first-hand research experience and exposure to Department of Defense laboratories, giving participants unparalleled experience as they pursue further training and careers in STEM. Summer term or year-round opportunities are available and participants receive a stipend. Click here for more information.


Leadership Training

American Civil Liberties Union Summer Advocacy Program ~ The ACLU Summer Advocacy Program (July 20-26) brings together high school students from across the United States to participate in a firsthand learning experience for the next generation of social justice advocates. During this week-long program in Washington, DC, students participate in electives and seminars led by lobbyists, community activists, lawyers, and ACLU experts to enhance their knowledge of civil liberties, social justice issues, and advocacy campaigns. The Close Up Foundation – a DC based civic education non-profit – partners with the ACLU to provide substantive experiential learning and small group discussion opportunities throughout the program. Applications are due April 7 and both full and partial scholarships are available. Click here to read more about the program,

The American Legion 2019 Maryland Boys State Program ~ Current high school juniors are invited to apply to the American Legion's 2019 Maryland Boys State Program. The program aims to expose students to the United States' constitutional form of government, emphasizing the need for active participation as citizens and includes presentations from politicians and elected leaders as well as a tour of the state capitol. Two participants will earn the right to represent Maryland at Boys Nation. The program will be held at McDaniel College in Westminster, Maryland from June 16-22. Tuition is free and the application deadline is April 15, 2019. Click here for details or to apply.

Exelon Foundation STEM Innovation Leadership Academy ~ Young women interested in STEM and energy are invited to participate in the Exelon Foundation STEM Innovation Leadership Academy. The free overnight program will be held From July 14-19 on the University of Maryland's College Park campus, in partnership with Exelon and UN Women. Participants will learn about energy and STEM through field trips, site visits, keynote speakers, panels of women leaders from across the city, leadership development training, and an energy challenge with cool prizes. Click here to apply.

The HERlead Fellowship is open to sophomore and junior high school girls who have a dream to drive change in their communities and become women leaders. The program is sponsored by ascena Retail Group, Inc., the largest specialty fashion retailer for women and girls in the United States. Selected participants will travel to New York City for a four-day HERlead Leadership Forum where they will learn critical leadership skills, be exposed to networking opportunities with ascena executives, and receive mentoring from women in the Vital Voices Global Network. Participants are fellows for life and can take advantage of other opportunities, including obtaining HERlead grants and attending the HERlead Ambassador Forum to become a HERlead Ambassador for future program participants. The application deadline is March 8. Click here to apply.

The Shelton Challenge at North Carolina Wesleyan College ~ The Shelton Challenge seeks rising 9th to 12th grade students (graduating seniors included) with a 3.0 grade point average or higher who are interested in honing their values-based leadership skills, The Challenge's core curriculum focuses on leadership roles and accountability, team building, leadership styles and situations, social responsibility, integrity as a leader, public speaking, changing behaviors and goal setting. The camp will be held July 7-12 and costs $500, which includes meals, room, transportation during the camp, and all camp activities. The application deadline is May 17. Click here for more information. 

Pre-College Programs

Adelphi University Pre-College Program ~ Adelphi, located minutes from New York City, offers two hands-on summer opportunities for high school students, a one-week non credit program and a two-week credit-bearing experience. Topics of study include art, business, entrepreneurship, digital media production, musical theater, human rights, nursing, psychology, studio art, teaching, video game programming and more. Click here for more information.

AGDiscovery ~ This summer outreach program is designed to help high school students explore careers in plant and animal science, wildlife management and agribusiness. Students live on college campus and learn about agriculture from college professors, scientists, and administrative professionals working in the field. The programs run from two to four weeks and students may choose from numerous campus locations including Coppin State, Delaware State, FAMU, North Carolina State, University of Maryland, University of Maryland Eastern Shore, and Virginia State University. Click here for more information.

Babson College's Summer Study ~ Babson's Summer Study program for high achieving students is an immersive, 4-week, residential summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students take a 4-credit college course, Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Experience, as they explore ways in which to positively impact the world using an entrepreneurial mindset. The program will take place July 6 to August 3 on Babson's Massachusetts campus. Applications are due March 15. Click here for more information.

Beacon College Summer for Success ~ Beacon College is a leading four-year college for students who learn differently. Their three-week immersion experience for rising high school juniors and seniors with learning differences will focus on the transition from high school to college. Students participate in two core courses while gaining the skills and confidence they will need as they transition to college. The program runs from July 7-26 on Beacon's Florida campus. Click here for more information. 

Boston University Summer Term ~ Boston University offers five different programs through their summer precollege experiences for high school students. They include a High School Honors program, the RISE Internship/Practicum, an Academic Immersion (AIM) program , their Summer Challenge and their Summer Preview. Programs range from one-week non-credit programs to six-week programs in which students earn college credits. Click here for more information.

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) ~ CLAE is a FREE week-long summer program for high school students designed to introduce them to the strengths of the liberal arts. Carleton is looking for 52 students who will complete 10th grade by June 30, 2019, are in the top 25th percentile of their class, are taking a challenging college-prep curriculum, and are involved in their community. CLAE will be held from July 27 to August 3 on Carleton's Minnesota campus. The application deadline is April 5. Click here to learn about all of Carleton's summer programs for high school students.

Case Western Reserve University Pre-College Programs ~ Ambitious high school students will be fully immersed in a college curriculum, conversations and activities at Case Western's summer programs which include science, innovation and leadership, social justice and women in STEM. Programs run from June 23 to July 13 and the application deadline is May 1. Click here for more information.

The Catholic University of America's Summer Business Institute ~ The Summer Business Institute is a great opportunity for rising high school juniors and seniors to explore different areas of business, experience college life at CUA, make valuable connections, and strengthen their college applications. The total program cost is $500, which includes tuition, housing, meals, and excursions. Click here to learn more and click here to begin your application.

College Essay Writing Skills Workshop ~ Zeta Phi Beta Sorority, Inc., Tau Delta Zeta Chapter and Phi Beta Sigma Fraternity, Inc. Zeta Chi Sigma Chapter are hosting a college essay writing skills workshop on October 27 from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. The workshop will be held in Marlboro Hall, Room 1097 on Prince George's Community College's Largo campus. Email with questions.

Columbia University Pre-College Programs ~ Students are invited to get a taste of the Ivy League experience via Columbia University's pre-college programs. Their Summer Immersion program enrolls students at either Columbia's New York City campus or in Barcelona, Spain. This intensive learning experience offers over 70 subjects, from arts and architecture to law, engineering, business and more. Their College Edge program will be held on the Columbia campus in New York. Students will have access to the same courses as, and study alongside, Columbia students, all while earning college credit. Click here to visit their website.

Congregation of Holy Cross Summer Seminary Immersion Program ~ Young men who are rising high school seniors and who might be considering a vocation to the religious life or priesthood are invited to take part in a Summer Seminary Immersion Program. Sponsored by the Congregation of Holy Cross, the program will be held from June 22 to July 6 at Old College on the campus of the University of Notre Dame. Participants will take a class for college credit while gaining firsthand experience of what it would be like to live in an undergraduate seminary. Click here for information. 

Cornell Engineering's Catalyst Academy ~ Cornell University's summer program in engineering is a one-week residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors from underrepresented backgrounds who are interested in engineering. Tuition includes room, meals and research materials and some financial assistance is available. The Catalyst Academy will take place from July 14-20; the application deadline is March 1. Click here for more information.

Cornell Engineering's Curie Academy ~ Cornell University's summer program in engineering for girls is a one-week residential program for rising high school junior and senior women who excel in science and math. Tuition includes room, meals and research materials and some financial assistance is available. The Curie Academy will take place from July 14-20; the application deadline is March 1. Click here for more information.

Davidson College's July Experience ~ This three-week summer program for rising juniors and seniors will provide students with an authentic Davidson experience. Participants will take two classes while living on campus and experiencing college life. Davidson's July experience will take place June 30 - July 20. The application deadline is April 1. Click here for more information.

DuBois Scholars Institute at Princeton University ~ Founded in the summer of 1988, the W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides scholarship and leadership training for high achieving youth. The overall average SAT score for DuBois Scholars has been significantly higher than national norms and 99% of the participants attend college and graduate. This year's institute will be held from June 22 to July 27. The application deadline for scholarship consideration if February 22. The regular deadline is March 1. Click here for more information.

Duke University Summer Session ~ Applications are now open for Duke University's Summer Sessions. Students who participate in one of their three summer programs will experience Duke's commitment to academic excellence and personal growth. Students will challenge themselves, connect with new people, and create lasting memories, all while enhancing their college applications and laying the foundation for future success at elite universities. Click here for more information.

Early American History Pre-College Summer Program ~ Start your future by studying the past at this pre-college program hosted by The College of William & Mary and the National Institute of American History & Democracy. Students will earn four hours of transferrable college credit, visit more than a dozen historic sites and museums, and interact with professional historians and archaeologists, all while living and studying on William & Mary's Williamsburg, Virginia campus. Session 1 will take place June 23-July 13 and Session 2 will be held July 14-August 3. Click here for more information. 

Embody: Beauty, Justice and Faith in Action ~ Saint Mary's College in Notre Dame, Indiana will hold their fourth theology institute for high school girls from July 7-12 and July 14-19. The program combines rigorous theological reflection with interactive sessions that enable students to connect what they are learning to their lives. Participants will explore the themes of beauty, justice and faith and leave feeling empowered to put these into action. A grant from the Lilly Endowment allows Saint Mary's to offer the program for just $300. The application deadline is April 15. Click here to learn more.

Experience Christendom Summer Program ~ Christendom College's acclaimed summer program, ECSP, offers rising high school seniors a unique educational, cultural and spiritual experience. Each summer participants leave Christendom's rural campus with an appreciation for the liberal arts, Catholic culture, friendship and the beauty of Virginia's Shenandoah Valley. Multiple one-week sessions are offered each year and the cost is just $500. Online registration for ECSP opens each year on December 1. Click here for information.

Experiment in International Living ~ For 86 years The Experiment in International Living's study abroad programs have allowed high school students to experience the world through hands-on cultural experiences and home stays in 25 countries. They will offer over 30 unique programs for summer 2019 including Germany (international relations and the E.U.), Jordan (Arabic language and the Middle East), China (Chinese language & culture), the U.S. (human rights & college discovery), and the United Kingdom (journalism & media). The application deadline is January 16. Click here for more information.

Furman Summer Scholars ~ Rising high school juniors and seniors are invited to live on campus, get a taste of college life and participate in classes led by some of Furman's favorite professors. Two sessions are available, July 7-13 and July 14-20 and students may participate in one or both. The application deadline is May 1. Click here for more information.

Game Experience ~ Participants in this Game Experience camp will discover the nuanced process of creating games in two gaming hubs, Seattle or LA. Students will learn from veteran developers while working on collaborative teams as designers, coders, artists or project managers to create an original game. The camp is designed to help participants realize what role they may want to pursue the most, or even if they want to pursue game development as a career. Click here for more information.

Georgetown University Leadership Initiative Programs ~ Rising high school 9th through 12th graders who have interest in pursuing law, business or medical careers are encouraged to apply for one of Georgetown University's six leadership initiative summer programs. Each program includes internship experience, SAT and ACT prep programs, help with college admission essays, and a host of college application related information. A limited number of $1,000 scholarships are available for McNamara students -- see your counselor for information. Click here to learn more about the different summer programs Georgetown offers.

George Washington University Pre-College Program ~ High school students in the GW pre-college program spend a summer in Washington, D.C., taking advantage of GW's expertise in global development, international relations, public policy and administration, politics, diplomacy, history, biomedical engineering, museum studies and the arts. Top-tier faculty guide, inspire and empower students through immersive programs that connect academic experience with real-world practice. Students will also gain an introduction to college life while developing confidence in their ability to become part of a new community. Click here for more information.

Girls Who Code has announced that they are now accepting applications for their Summer Immersion Program, a free 7-week introductory computer science program for rising juniors and seniors. Girls Who Code has expanded their program to 80 locations across the country so they may serve more than 1,600 young women; their alumni are choosing to major in computing at a rate 15 times the national average. They are also offering stipends of up to $1,400 to cover transportation and living expenses for those who qualify. Click here to learn more. The early acceptance deadline is February 15. Applications close on March 15.

Howard University Summer Programs ~ Howard University is now accepting applications for their 2019 School of Business Summer Enrichment Programs. The School of Business offers four free summer programs: Accounting, Computer Information Systems, Actuarial Science, and Entrepreneurship for rising high school juniors and seniors. Students interested in any of these programs may contact D’Shaun Vance via email at or by phone at 202-806-1504 for more information. Click here to visit their website.  

Johns Hopkins University is hosting its 2nd annual Humanities Overnight Program on March 4-5. A small group of high school juniors with an expressed interest in the humanities will spend 24 hours on campus where they will attend classes, meet with current students and faculty, attend a college essay writing workshop and spend the night in on-campus housing. All meals, lodging and transportation are paid for by the university. Strong candidates are those students taking a rigorous course load during their junior year, particularly in English, history and other humanities-focused classes. Please see Ms. Mickey by November 30 if you are interested in being nominated for this selective program.

Julian Krinsky Camps & Programs (JKCP) ~ JKCP offers summer camps and programs to students ages 7-18 on prestigious college campuses. Participants may choose from over 20 programs, from cooking to science and business to medicine. This summer's camps will be held at Haverford College, Villanova University, the University of Pennsylvania and Yale. Click here for more information.

Light the World, Live Your Faith ~ The Catholic University of America offers this week-long Catholic college session designed to challenge high school students both academically and spiritually. CUA offers two sessions, June 23-29 and July 7-13 at a cost of $325. In the mornings, students hear from engaging speakers and professors who address what the Catholic theological tradition has to say about the topic for that day (science, art, business, politics, or sports). In the afternoons, students visit Washington, D.C. to meet people who have achieved excellence in their field and who can speak about the impact of their faith on their work. Click here for more information.

New York University Precollege Summer Program ~ Students are invited to get a first taste of college life by taking courses at NYU's New York City campus this summer. Students will explore their favorite subject or focus on a new interest, choosing from over 100 NYU courses in the arts and media, business, the humanities and social sciences, education and health, and STEM. Programs run anywhere from one week to 14 weeks. Click here to learn more.

Oxbridge Academic Programs ~ Oxbridge Academic Programs offers summer programs for students ages 13 to 18 in both the United States and abroad. These one-, two-, and four-week long programs challenge students intellectually in disciplines such as art history, literature, politics, economics, drama, creative writing, speech, debate, medicine, law, business, architecture and filmmaking. Overseas locations include Spain, France, and England, while stateside programs are offered in Los Angeles, Boston and New York. Click here to visit their website.

Pace University's Summer Scholars Institute ~ Highly motivated and talented high school juniors and seniors eager to experience what college can be like are invited to apply to Pace's Summer Scholars Institute. Held on Pace's New York City Campus July 14-27, this two-week program combines study in one of five disciplines (business, criminal justice, digital film production, psychology or theater arts) with active exploration of NYC’s cultural life and events designed to complement the curriculum. Click here for more information. The application deadline is April 15.

Pratt Institute Precollege Program ~ Pratt Institute will welcome nearly 400 high school students to their Brooklyn campus where they will sharpen their portfolios through rigorous, college-level art, design, and creative thinking courses ranging from architecture to fashion design to photography. The program is open to rising 10th-12th graders and will take place July 1-26. Applications are due March 1. Click here for information.

Project Fashion ~ This Design and Product Development Program introduces students to a wide variety of careers in the fashion industry as participants focus on designing and developing different product categories for established brands. Students will discover jobs that they didn’t even know existed such as trend forecaster, technical designer, stylist, product developer, brand manager and more. The program will be held on the Los Angeles campus of the University of Southern California from June 23 to July 6. Click here for more information.

Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute PREFACE Program ~ This two-week summer program is designed for talented rising 11th and 12th grade students from groups who have been historically under-served in the areas of science, engineering and the technological fields, and who express a strong, early interest in pursuing careers in these areas. This year’s program will take place Sunday, June 23, through Saturday, July 6 on the Rensselaer campus in Troy, NY. Click here for information.

Saints & Scholars Summer Theology Institute ~ Pray with saints, learn with scholars and heal the world at Holy Cross College's Summer Theology Institute. Two sessions will be offered, the first from July 16-21 and the second from July 23-28. Participants will choose a theme that interests them and explore how theology can impact that field. Themes include human rights, media, public health, sustainability, business and science. Click here to learn more or to register.

Shelton Challenge, North Carolina Wesleyan College ~ North Carolina Wesleyan College will hold their 9th annual Shelton Challenge from July 7-12 for rising 9th to 12th grade students, graduating seniors included, with a 3.0 GPA or higher. The core curriculum focuses on leadership roles and accountability, team building, leadership styles and situations, social responsibility, integrity as a leader, public speaking, changing behaviors and goal setting. Cost to attend the program is $500, which includes meals, room, transportation during the camp, and all activities. The application deadline is May 17, 2019. Click here for more information.

Smash Academy ~ SMASH is the signature STEM education initiative of the Kapor Center for Social Impact. This three-year STEM- intensive residential college prep program empowers students to deepen their talents and pursue STEM careers. Every summer, scholars are immersed in tuition-free studies at leading universities throughout the country. During the academic year, scholars participate in monthly programming. They are coached by instructors of color who represent the future they can have. Because of their common background, students connect more deeply with instructors and gain true mentorship from these STEM professors and industry professionals. The application deadline is March 1. Click here for more information or to apply.

Stanford University Pre-Collegiate Studies ~ Students who are passionate about learning and intellectually adventurous are invited to apply for Stanford's summer programs, including their Arts Institute, a Humanities Institute, Stanford AI4All (artificial intelligence) program, the Stanford Mathematics Camp, and their university-level online math and physics courses. Click here to learn more. 

Statesmanship: the Contribution of Character in Politics ~ Cairn College in Langhorne, Pennsylvania will host this pre-college summer program that is designed to teach Christian high school juniors and seniors to think deeply about the complex issues that surround politics. This intensive, seminar-style program includes discussions, lectures, and travel to sites in Philadelphia, New York City and Washington, D.C. Click here to learn more.

St. John's College Summer Academy offers five, week-long summer programs, each with a different theme, that immerse high school students in the college experience. St. John's College is a liberal arts college for intellectual students who want to surround themselves with great books in philosophy, literature, math, science and more. This year's themes at their Annapolis campus are Revolution and Rebellion (Justice and Law) and Freedom and Order (Creating Laws, Government and Society). Themes for their Santa Fe campus are Beginnings (Origins of Politics, Poetry and Math), The Beautiful and the Sublime (Exploring Visual Forms in Art and Nature) and Technology and Transcendence (Scientific Ambition and the Human Condition). Click here for details.

SUMMA Student Theological Debate Camp ~ High school students entering grades 9–12 in the fall of 2019 are invited to apply for SUMMA Debate Camp, held July 16–24 at the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Students of all faiths will learn valuable skills for debate, public speaking, and theological reflection. At the end of camp, the SUMMA prize is awarded to the student who best exemplifies the spirit of SUMMA camp: speaking the truth in love. The SUMMA prize includes a $1,000 scholarship. The cost is $750 and some financial aid is available. Click here to learn more.

Summer Discovery 2019 offers a variety of pre-college enrichment programs and internship opportunities for high school students. The programs range from two to six weeks and are held on college campuses including UCLA, Georgetown, Johns Hopkins, the University of Miami, the University of Pennsylvania and Pace University. Click here for details.

Summer Scholars at Miami University ~ Miami University, one of the nation's top universities, offers their summer scholars program for academically talented high school sophomores and juniors. Participants will spend two weeks on their Oxford, Ohio campus exploring a topic of their choice as well as receiving an inside look at the college application process with workshops focused on essay writing, financial aid, scholarships, and leadership. A limited number of full scholarships are available. Click here for details.

Susquehanna University Pre-College Programs ~ Susquehanna University offers a variety of summer programs for motivated students who want to learn new skills and explore topics  of interest including acting, engineering, leadership, publishing & editing, ecology, music, writing, finance and media. Dates vary by program; all are held on Susquehanna's Selinsgrove, Pennsylvania campus. Click here to learn more. 

Syracuse University Summer College ~ Syracuse University's Summer College offers credit and noncredit pre-college programs in ten of their schools and colleges. Participants explore potential careers and college majors while living on the SU campus and experiencing life as a college student. The sessions are from two to six weeks in length and topics include pre-med, broadcast and digital journalism, mobile app development, a sport analytics academy and global finance. Click here to learn more.

Terp Young Scholars ~ College courses. College credits. College Park. The University of Maryland invites high school students to take part in their 3-week summer college program. Students experience rigorous college courses, earn three college credits and experience the diversity of campus life at UMD. The program will be held from July 7-26. Click here to learn more.

University of Maryland Smith Sports and Entertainment ~ This two-week residential program provides rising 10th, 11th and 12th graders an overview of careers in the sports and entertainment industries. Students will learn topics such as management, law, negotiation, marketing and leadership as it relates to the sports and entertainment industries. Interactive classroom sessions compliment various site visits throughout the Washington Metropolitan area and beyond. The program culminates in a team-based competition at the intersection of sports, entertainment and business by pitching a solution that solves real-life problems in the field. Click here for more information.

United States Naval Academy Summer Programs ~ The U.S. Naval Academy offers two summer programs for interested students. In their Summer STEM Program students from all over the country work together to test their problem-solving, creativity, and collaboration skills as they explore, create, and build. Their Summer Seminar introduces students to life at the Academy, where they will experience first-class academic, athletic, and professional training. Summer Seminar applications serve as a preliminary application to the Academy for students who are interested. Click here for more information.

The University of Alabama Early College ~ UA Early College Summer on Campus 2019 is accepting applications. Participants live on campus, take two classes for college credit with other college students and participate in engaging social activities. The first term takes place May 28-June 28 and the second runs from July 1-August 3. UA's Summer on Campus is open to high school students who have passed the university's College Readiness Course. Click here for more information.

The University of North Carolina's Project Uplift program enables high-achieving rising high school seniors to engage in an immersive, two-day experience on UNC's Chapel Hill campus. While Project Uplift is open to all rising seniors the target audience is students from underrepresented backgrounds, first-generation college students, students from rural communities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds. Sessions run from Thursday to Saturday; accepted students may register for one of four sessions: May 23-25, May 30-June 1, June 6-8 or June 13-15. The application deadline is February 15. Click here for information.

The University of Notre Dame has announced the dates for their summer programs. Study Abroad Rome will take place June 1-15, Summer Scholars will be held from June 22-July 6, their Leadership Seminar is scheduled for July 13-24 and Study Abroad Ireland is July 13-27. Applications for these programs will go live on October 18 and the application deadline is February 19. Click here for more information on these programs.

University of Pennsylvania Summer Programs ~ Penn offers a variety of summer programs for high school students, including Architecture, Art, Leadership in the Business World, their Management & Technology Summer Insitute, Medicine, Wharton's Moneyball Academy and Moneyball Academy: Training Camp, and Warton's Sports Business Academy. Click here to learn more. 

Washington University in St. Louis offers a variety of summer programs for high school students, including their Summer Scholars program, which allows current high school sophomores and juniors to earn college credits in a variety of introductory courses. Three different sessions are offered. Current 9th-11th graders may enroll in their summer institutes, non-credit programs designed to allow students to explore a specialized interest, career or major. The application deadline is April 1. Click here for details.  


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