Summer Opportunities 02/19/2016 updated college planning tips for students in grades 9 through 11

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2015-2016 Summer Opportunities 02/19/2016 updated

2016 Marvin Ridge High School College 411 – April 14, 2016; 6-8:30pm
*Visit CFNC.ORG Encourage your student to learn more about his/her career interests at CFNC. Results of the surveys completed on CFNC will help the student build a profile that will connect him/her to the career descriptions and college programs and majors available across North Carolina colleges/universities. Don’t wait until the senior year to make decisions about where to apply based on majors offered at the colleges. Students should complete the Interest Profiler, Career Cluster Survey, Basic Skills Survey, Transferable Skills Survey, Work Values Sorter and The Career Key for self and career exploration.
*Visit CFNC.ORG – For a comprehensive manual of college preparation programs in North Carolina. Over 120 pages of college preparation opportunities for middle and high school students, offered throughout the state, are listed with extensive information on how to register for the programs, the target audience and other details. Some of these opportunities will be described below but to be aware of all opportunities in the state, be sure to consult this online directory.
*Use PSAT results to practice for the SAT. Using the access code on your PSAT Score Report, create a My College Quickstart account at the CollegeBoard website by visiting The PSAT is given the third week in October each year. All 11th graders take the PSAT at no charge. 10th graders can sign up in the guidance office in September for $20.
*All 10th graders sit for the PLAN test in October and all 11th graders sit for the ACT in March. Your PLAN results give you an indication of how you will score on the ACT. Practice for the ACT is available for $24.95 for a year’s access to practice tests with real ACT test questions, essays, comprehensive content review for each of the ACT's four required tests—English, Math, Reading, and Science, diagnostic test and personalized Study Path.
*Start an Extra-Curricular Profile/Resume to keep up with your extra-curricular activities, honors, awards, athletic participation, volunteer and community service, and work experiences.

SUMMER PROGRAMS AND YEAR-LONG OPPORTUNITIES TO VOLUNTEER, GAIN LEADERSHIP SKILLS or BE IMMERSED IN AN ACADEMIC DISCIPLINE: (TBD** - expired deadlines will be updated periodically. Please check for current dates and updated deadlines at the sponsor’s website or
Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a cost-free, statewide 4 week program of the UNC system that culminates in a research project/presentation on a current topic in a STEM field of study. Held on the campuses of Appalachian, East Carolina, NCCU, and UNCC, student’s custodial parent or guardian must live in NC by December 1 of the application period. Apply online by January 31, 2016 at and contact your school counselor to let him/her know you need an online recommendation.
NC State - The College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program consists of four one-week sessions for rising high school seniors. Up to 30 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, extracurricular activities and their interest in NC State and science-related fields. Online applications may be submitted starting January 1, 2016.

  • On-line application

  • Transcript sent from High School

  • One Teacher Letter of Recommendation

All materials should be received in the Office of Student Services no later than Friday May 1, 2015 at 5:00 p.m. The cost of the program is ONLY $150. This covers lodging, transportation, materials, and several meals during the program. Students are encouraged to bring approximately $150 in spending money to cover evening activities and meals not covered by the program fee.

If you have any questions please contact Chloe Ford at

The NC State College of Agriculture & Life Sciences is pleased to announce Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences 2016. Rising juniors or seniors who may be interested in the program should apply via the SCIBLS website:  Summer College in Biotechnology and Life Sciences is a four week summer program offered on site by the College of Agriculture & Life Sciences at North Carolina State University where high school rising juniors and seniors interested in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics college major participate in a meaningful academic experience. Application closes on May 1st.
NC State University Shelton Challenge – a one-week summer experience (7 weeks in June and July) for rising freshmen, sophomores, juniors and seniors in high school. 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. To obtain an application or for more information, visit
Redesigning Our Future National Environmental Summit is a 5-day residential camp held on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury. The camp, held July 12-16, 2016, is open to students ages 14 to 17 years old. Early application discount if you apply online by April 1. Students must apply online at, choose your focus areas: Arts, Botany, Economics, History, Health, Music, Philosophy, Theater, Zoology. Students are encouraged to travel by train (mass transit) to Salisbury.

The Broyhill Leadership Conference is a five-day, four-night conference, high school students (rising 10-12 graders) are challenged to learn, develop, and practice leadership skills that they will take with them and use for the rest of their lives. BLC will be held on the campus of Wingate Universtiy from June 19-23 and Queens University from July 6-10. The registration fee is $280 and it includes the curriculum handbook, and supplies for all the activities you will do during the week. It also includes your 4 nights lodging and 11 meals (dinner on the first day through breakfast on the last day). BLC is an incredible value that you’ll not find anywhere else!  Visit for more information.
Juniors- are you interested in business as a college major?  The Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders is an outstanding summer program offered by Appalachian State University from July 10-30.  The institute includes a trip to Washington, DC or New York City. Applications are due February 26 and are available at www.marthaguy.appstate.ed

Teens Westward Bound – A 23-day discovery of the great American west. Application steps to take: Step 1: All applicants must be recommended by a past participant. After a person is recommended they will receive a letter of invitation to apply, application form, and a detailed brochure describing the program. Step 2: Prospective participants should complete the TWB application form and return along with letters of recommendation from their peers and adults.  Step 3: Prospective participants should make every effort to attend a Slide Show Presentation along with their parents. At the presentation each applicant will be participate in a video interview. Those unable to attend should mail a picture to the Director, Dennis Deaton. During the month of March those that did not complete a video interview will be contacted for an interview via telephone. Step 4: On April 1st, all applicants will receive in writing the status of their acceptance. Step 5: On May 1st, all accepted participants will receive a complete comprehensive mailing concerning further preparation of their Teens Westward Bound experience. Visit for more information.

LENS @ Wake Forest is a three-week summer program that equips current high school students with an academic foundation necessary to become global citizens.  Are you ready to challenge yourself intellectually and experience life on the campus of a top liberal arts university? Are you ready to join a diverse group of high school students from around the world in confronting a global challenge? This summer 2015, choose from the following opportunities: Global Sustainability or Cultural Crossroads (June 26 – July 15).

 Download LENS application and submit with short essays and official high school transcript.

  • Rising high school juniors and seniors are eligible to apply.

  • Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis now until the program is full.

  • Scholarships available and a separate application is required. See website.

 The HOBY NC West Leadership Seminar Current 10th grader is selected and an alternate;

The North Carolina HOBY Leadership Seminar is a 3-day leadership program for approximately 90 rising high school juniors held each June in Winston-Salem. HOBY Ambassadors have an opportunity to develop their critical thinking skills, learn about their personal leadership styles, and form an appreciation for community service. They attend panel sessions featuring prominent speakers from our government, businesses, media, and educational communities. They participate in leadership development workshops and activities. HOBY Ambassadors also participate in a community service project and learn how they can lead in service in their own communities. As a result of their experiences, the high school Ambassadors return to their schools and communities eager to make a difference and share what they have learned. The HOBY NC West Seminar takes place in June in the Winston-Salem area. If interested, please visit Mrs. Pierce in guidance.

HOBY Junior Staff Application - The 2015 HOBY North Carolina West Leadership Seminar will take place Friday, June 10 through Sunday, June 12. The event will be held at Wake Forest University in Winston-Salem, NC, with nearly 125 sophomores from western North Carolina high schools in attendance. We tell Ambassadors that what they get out of the seminar will correlate directly with their level of participation in the activities, and you as a volunteer will help them interact to get the most of this experience.  The application for 2016 Junior Staff is now available! You will also need to fill out an online volunteer application with HOBY National.
The 2016 Tar Heel Boys State program will take place June 19-25 at Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. If you have any questions, contact the Program Coordinator Christopher Byrd at Young men chosen to be Boys’ State citizens can look forward to a challenging experience, acquiring a better understanding and deeper regard for our nation’s legacy of freedom and democracy.
Washington University in St. Louis Summer Experiences – Various programs including the High School Summer Scholars Program, a 5-week program for academically talented students to enroll in two college courses and experience various educational opportunities, the High School Summer Institutes, allowing students an avenue to explore a specialized interest during the summer, and High School College Access, providing an opportunity for juniors and seniors to take undergraduate courses at WUSTL.
For more information and to apply online visit:

CIEE High School Summer Abroad – “With 30 summer programs in Language and Culture, Service and Leadership, and Content Studies, it’s easy for students to follow their passion and chart a course to one of 16 amazing destinations around the world. You’ll get top-notch academics and cultural immersion, with exciting activities that bring what you’re learning to life. Each day, you’ll spend time with your peers and host family, and explore the wonders of a new country.” Global Navigator Scholarships are available through CIEE, which can help cover 10 to 100 percent of the cost. Deadline to submit application: December 1, 2015

Award announcement: December 21, 2015

Deadline to accept/decline the scholarship: January 8, 2016
Please visit for more information.
University of Southern California Summer Programs- offers students a preview of “freshman year” through its college immersion experience. Programs are designed to combine college level course work, academic field trips, and structured extracurricular activities. This program offers 4 and 2 week courses in a variety of subjects from which students choose one course for intense study. Courses are interactive, engaging and challenging, and students receive 3 units of trasferrable USC elective credit upon successful completion of the 4-week program. Please visit for more information and instruction on how to apply.
Union Power Cooperative Youth Touran all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. from June 13 to June 19 for high school juniors. The group will meet with congressional representatives, visit government agencies, and historical sites, as they learn more about government and cooperatives. To be considered for the Youth Tour, students must fill out an application and write a 250-500 word essay. Visit and click on My Community, then click on Youth Tour and scroll down to the end of the page to obtain an application. All entries must be postmarked by December 7, 2015. Winners will be announced in April.
Columbia College Summer Leadership Institute – 3, week-long summer residential leadership programs for young women helping them establish the foundation of leadership, build their leadership framework and become a future-ready leader. Please visit for more information and apply by May 8. See Mrs. Pierce in guidance by April 15 if interested in being nominated.
Cornell University Summer College - offers precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an "unforgettable, life-changing summer." If you’re selected for Summer College, you’ll join about 1,000 other motivated high school students from around the world as you live, study, and play on the Cornell campus. Visit for more information and to apply by April 29.
Hillsdale College high school study abroad programs – Hillsdale College faculty guide participants through England, France or Italy. Trips include both classroom settings for lectures and discussions and on-site visits to castle grounds, museums, battlefields, and other historical landmarks. These programs allow students to earn three college credits. Students may learn more, request a brochure, or start an application on their webpage:
Oxford and Cambridge Advanced Studies Program – Summer Courses 2015 – A summer study program at Oxford or Cambridge; “stimulating classes taught by experienced British tutors”. Two-week and four-week options available from July 3 – July 30. Visit for more information.
OxBridge Academic Study Abroad Programs – “four weeks of academic and creative immersion anchored in spectacular and culturally vibrant settings” – Oxford, Cambridge, St. Andrews, UCLA, Paris, Montpellier, New York City, Barcelona, Salamanca
Tufts University Summer Study for High School Students – gives talented students the opportunity to catch a glimpse of college life, explore a possible major, prepare for college admission, and earn college credit. Offers five pre-college programs. Visit for more information.
Wake Forest University Summer Immersion Programsnon-credit academic institutes (6) focused in specific interest areas including medicine, leadership, sports management, and business/entrepreneurship held at the Charlotte Campus from June – August. To apply, please visit
Boston University Pre-College Programs – explore your interests, preview college life, earn college credit, experience Boston; visit for more information.
The NC Community Development Initiative invites applications for paid internships from rising high school seniors (current 11th graders) for its Youth Leadership Program. Available to students throughout the state, this program is designed to introduce students to the non-profit sector and consider careers related to leadership and community economic development. This six-week, paid summer internship includes a meaningful work experience at a non-profit organization in the student’s home county and leadership training and development sessions every 2 weeks in Raleigh. Fill out and submit the application online at Two recommendation letters are also required.
Visit for more details.
Duke University Summer Academy for High School Students - a three-week, non-credit-bearing program offered by Duke University, attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment to gain a global perspective on multiple areas of interest for young leaders.

Visit for more information.

Duke University Summer College for High School Students - Get ahead this summer and earn college credit with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer College for High School Students. If you are a current 10th or 11th grade student, you are eligible to apply. This program, a four-week, credit-bearing program offered by Duke University, attracts students who represent the next generation of leaders from around the world. Immerse yourself in an international college experience by enrolling in this elite program designed to provide the academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success.

Visit for more information.

Seniors – UNC Charlotte Summer School; UNC Charlotte admits visiting students in the summer even if they are headed to a different school in fall. Admitted UNC Charlotte freshmen are welcome in summer too. Classes in the summer sessions are typically smaller than in other terms allowing students to transition more easily into college. Detailed information may be found on their website,
SPI High School Study Abroad Programs – Visit Spain, France, Italy, Costa Rica, and/or China; includes language immersion programs. Students enroll independently online: . SPI offers a comprehensive Scholarship and Fundraising Guide for students interested in language immersion programs. Details are available online.

Appalachian State University Academic Camps – Visit the following link for a list of academic camps held at ASU:
University of South Carolina School of Music – Learn more at /summer-programs ; “Learn, Listen, Enjoy”
The Carolina Master Scholars Adventure Series

The University of South Carolina offers courses in the following topics from June 5 – July 15: Adventures in Law, Pharmacy, Forensic Science, Cooking and Nutrition, Filmmaking, Rocket Science, Speech Pathology, Natural Hazards and Civil Engineering, Vex Robotics, Aviation – Learn to Fly, Electrical Engineering – Build your own body sensor, Creative Writing, Graphic/Digital Design, Engineering, and Computer Gaming. More info can be found at

Summer in Sewanee – Pre-College Field Studies Program at Sewanee, the University of the South; Sewanee's Pre-College Field Studies Experience is a summer residential program for talented students who are passionate about the outdoors and interested in advancing their knowledge and skills in the study of the environment. The program is designed for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in all aspects of environmental studies.
NC State Vet Camp

VetCAMP (Veterinary Camp) is a five day summer camp program that offers an opportunity for High School students interested in the field of veterinary medicine. The camp is designed for students who are interested in becoming veterinary healthcare professionals and provides a preview into the real and vast fields of veterinary medicine. Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth, hands-on activities students will discover what modern veterinary medicine is all about.

Week 1: 11th-15th July, 2016; Week 2: 18th-22nd July, 2016

The cost of the camp is $515 which includes meals, field trips, workshop materials, entertainment, and great giveaways including VetCAMP t-shirts and backpacks. Visit: for more information.

University of Notre Dame

Study Abroad: Rome, Summer Scholars program, and Notre Dame Leadership Seminars are all part of Notre Dame’s Pre-College programs. Learn more at

Summer Discovery

Visit to learn about various pre-college enrichment and business institutes for high school students at various universities.

Federal Service Language Academy

Your students have the opportunity to attend the Federal Service Language Academy (FSLA) at the University of North Georgia this summer.  They have a choice of learning Arabic, Chinese, Russian, German, Korean, French, Cherokee, Japanese or Portuguese.  They will also learn about federal service careers where knowing a critical foreign language and culture is important, such as the FBI, Department of State, CIA, the military, and more.  Registration is now open.

For three weeks, your rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors will live in a modern residence hall on our scenic campus in Dahlonega, Georgia, site of the first major gold rush in the U.S.  They will be taught by highly trained instructors using communicative language teaching methods. Visit for more info:

NYU Precollege Program
Students earn college credit while taking courses in favorite subjects or by exploring new areas of interest. Students live on campus in NYC’s historic Greenwich Village, take group trips to Coney Island and see Broadway shows. For more details and the most up-to-date information, please visit . This program runs from July 5 – August 16, 2016. Apply for scholarships by April 1.

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