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April 15, 2017 Jack Kent Cooke Young Scholars Program enables high-ability middle and high school students with financial need to realize their full academic potential. Through the Young Scholars Program, the Foundation has to date supported over 800 students from across the nation, providing them with individualized educational advising combined with comprehensive financial support from the 8th grade through high school.

From eighth grade through senior high of school, Young Scholars receive the following support from the Cooke Foundation:

  • a personal academic and college counselor
  • funding for academic and enrichment programs in the summer and during the school year
  • internship and study abroad opportunities
  • educational resources including books and technology
  • The Young Scholars Program is a national scholarship with students representing every region and attending school in rural, urban and suburban communities.

April 12, 2017 Ronald Reagan Student Leadership This summer, 220 students will be selected to participate in an intense program filled with dynamic lessons, group activities and hands-on exercises focusing on three core areas of leadership: Communication, Optimism, and Informed Decision Making.
Upon graduating from the program, students create and implement a service-learning project, allowing them to utilize the skills they learned in the week-long session. Students feel empowered knowing they made a positive difference in the lives of others, contributing to their growth as a leader within their school and community. Our program alumni have been featured in news articles, received honors and awards for their work, and in some cases have earned grant funding for their projects or scholarship money for college. Apply Now

April 21, 2017 Youth conservation Camp - July 9-15, 2017 Virginia Tech For 40 years, the Virginia Association of Soil and Water Conservation Districts has sponsored a week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students (currently enrolled in grades 9-12) on the campus of Virginia Tech. The program brings together about 70 interested students for a week of learning about Virginia’s natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech. Most of the instruction is hands-on and outdoors. Scholarship funding to cover the registration fee may be available from your local Soil & Water Conservation District. For more information visit vaswcd.org

April 30, 2017 The National Institute of American History and Demorcracy at the College of William and Mary is making a special effort this spring to bring Virginia students to the Pre-College Summer Program in Early American History. This program is opn to students who will be high school juniors or seniors next year, as well as those who will graduate from high school this spring. William & Mary's Pre-Collegiate students earn 4 hours of college credit for an exciting fast-paced summer course in which they studey American history "on site" at many historic places, museums, and archaeology sites throughout Virginia. For complete details visit www.wm.edu/niahd.

June 25-30 and July 9-14, 2017 Actuarial Science Summer Camp will run for two sections. Section one will run from June 25-30. Section two will run from July 9-14. The first camp, section one, runs June 25-30, 2017. Activities begin at 9 a.m. and continue through 4 p.m., except Friday, when the day ends at noon. Students check into the residence halls Sunday afternoon (June 25) and check out Friday afternoon. The second camp runs two weeks later with check-in Sunday, July 9. During a typical day, students work in groups to learn some math, finance, economics, and relevant software to investigate an actuarial problem. The primary emphasis is on problem solving and effective communication. On most days, an actuary visits the class to discuss her/his job, and in the evenings, students participate in supervised activities with curfew at 10 p.m. Visit www.lvc.edu for more informaiton and to apply.

July 2 - July 29 Roanoke College Summer Institute (RCSI) provides a true college experience with interesting and engaging courses for college credit taught by Roanoke professors. Peer mentoring, college prep workshops as well as athletic and social programming give students a strong foundation to start college. For more information visit www.roanoke.edu

Dental Career Exploration Program The Dental Career Exploration program (DCE) is offered to rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade students and those students who will graduate in June 2017, from across Virginia who are interested in exploring a career in dentistry. Apply Now

Find Yourself at Stanford Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies offer highly motivated, intellectually curious students the opportunity to investigate topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Students engage in small classes taught by instructors who are experts in their fields and passionate about teaching. In this setting, students hone their academic skills and form new friendships with intellectual peers.

Summer at Duke 
We are thrilled to announce that Duke Summer Academy is offering more of its dynamic courses than ever before. Whether you want to spend this summer implementing your business ideas, building the foundation for a career in biomedical engineering, or building up community service hours to strengthen your college application, we have a course for you.

Check out the list below to get a taste of what we are offering next summer:

The Global Leader – Develop leadership skills and put them into practice as you learn about world diplomacy.
The Global Entrepreneur – Improve your skills in problem solving, risk analysis, creativity, ingenuity, and teamwork to become a cutting-edge innovator.
The Global Incubator – Take your idea to the next level and make your entrepreneurial dreams a reality.
The Global Giver – Give back by learning about philanthropy from the ground up, and earn 60 hours community service hours.
The Global Researcher – Learn about biomedical engineering research and experience a real Duke laboratory.

Interested in learning more? Check out our full course descriptions.

Christopher Newport University Do you know high-ability students interested in earning college credit this summer while learning about revolutionary thinking throughout history?

Christopher Newport University's Summer Humanities Institute is a two-week residential program where students who take or plan to enroll in college-level coursework while in high school (AP, IB or DE) can learn in and outside the classroom from dynamic college faculty in the disciplines of philosophy, history, literature and classical studies.

The multidisciplinary immersion course supports the advanced courses students are taking in high school. Participants live in our residence halls, eat in the dining halls, learn in college classrooms and earn three college credits.

The Summer Humanities Institute offers hands-on learning experiences through an academic research project at the Mariner's Museum, an archaeology field lab, and the opportunity to sail the James River under expert instruction through the CNU Sailing Center.

Check out the program website for additional information, and encourage interested students to apply!

Rustic Pathways Not only is Rustic Pathways a pioneer in providing quality travel and service programs for students and educators, but we’re also redefining how to integrate education, travel, and philanthropy in a world where all people are connected by a shared humanity. At Rustic, our mission, vision, and values drive the way we run our programs, partner with local communities, and live our lives.
Our mission is to empower students through innovative and responsible travel experiences to positively impact lives and communities around the world.

Online this summer: Reading Skills and Speed Reading Programs in these effective and enjoyable programs, your student will improve comprehension in both fiction and non-fiction, and will learn to read twice as fast. Student in these programs learn the best way to read textbooks, take notes, and study fo rtests. your student iwll complete homework more quickly, get better grades, and enjoy readying more. For more information or to register call 1-800-903-0942

United States Air Force Academy
Summer Seminar: Summer Seminar offers a unique opportunity to experience the Air Force Academy first-hand. It is specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year to get a realistic perspective of cadet life. Students will live in the dormitories, eat at the Academy’s dining facility, explore the various academic/military programs and courses that the Academy has to offer, and participate in a variety of different physical fitness activities (to include a practice CFA). The application is open from 1 December 2015 to 15 January 2016, and it is free to apply. There are two sessions: 12-17 June 2016 and 19-24 June 2016. Student may apply here.

STEM Engineering and Construction Camp: This camp is designed to provide high school students with a world-class experience in STEM skills following a "Build the Design" model. This one week program is supervised and led by engineers and located at the U.S. Air Force Academy. The program runs from 7-13 July 2016. Learn more information or apply now.

Summer Sports Camps: We offer Summer Falcon Sports Camps for student 8 to 18 who want to participate in numerous sports and are led by our very own head coaches! Click here for additional information.

CIEE High School Summer Abroad and Global Navigator Scholarships with 30 summer programs in Language & Culture, Service & Leadership, and Content Studies, it's easy for student to follow their passions and chart a course to one of 16 amazing destinations around the world.
Global Navigator Scholarghips make this opportunity possible for deserving students. Only available through CIEE, these scholarships help families cover 10 to 100 percent of the cost of our summer study abroad programs. Scholarships are awarded based on a combination of merit, financial need, and student interest in our program themes.
There's more online! Visit our website at ciee.org/high-school-summer abroad for more information.

A summer in the Ivy League  Ranked among the top universities in the world, the University of Pennsylvania is home to one of our most academically engaging programs. Students complete scientific research, learn innovative techniques in and outside of the lab, and read and discuss scientific literature.

Our 6 week program allows students to take college credit courses with Penn undergraduates in a variety of disciplines and receive an official transcript from the University of Pennsylvania.

Our 3 week program gives students the opportunity to explore a topic in depth through lectures, discussions, lab work, and/or site visits. Choose between these great options:

For more information on these oportunities visit University of Pennsylvania.

Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, American government, creative writing, or information technology. Please find information to share with your students about our academic camps below:

Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
Government Leadership Camp - This program is designed for students who have a passion for understanding American government to engage in small discussions, attend college-level lectures, and participate in debates, simulations, and field trips.
Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing: fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer. After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.

George Mason Debate Institute will be hosting our camp for two weeks from June 26th until July 10th. We have students from all over the country attend, aging from 6th to 12th grade. Even if your school does not have a debate team, we have classes for all levels of experience. We currently offer skills development in three different styles of debate (Lincoln Douglas, Policy, Public Forum), along with a class dedicated to introducing middle school students to debate. To apply, or for more information, please contact institute director, Jackie Poapst, at japoapst@gmail.com.

Attention Sports Enthusiasts! Do youwww.summerdiscovery.com/deannew-england-patriots a passion for sports or a career in sport management? If so, we have the program for you!

Through the Center for Business, Entertainment, and Sport Management at Dean College, in partnership with the Kraft Sports Group, owners of the New England Patriots and New England Revolution, we are pleased to offer two 2 week sports institutes:
Pro Sport Management Institute
Sports Broadcasting Institute
During these institutes, students will have the opportunity to:

Gain hands-on experience with professional sports.
Interact with industry leaders to supplement classroom-based learning.
Tour and learn on-site at Gillette Stadium, home of the Patriots and Revolution.
Attend a New England Revolution home game (schedule permitting).
For more info, visit our website, or apply today!

June 19 - July 2 Christopher Newport's Summber Humanities Institute Enlighten Your Summer!
Experience life at Christopher Newport and earn college credit during this two-week immersion experience!

Christopher Newport’s Summer Humanities Institute offers select high school students an opportunity to uncover America’s founding ideals through a rigorous, multidisciplinary program in philosophy, history, literature and classical studies led by CNU faculty.

Participants will live on campus while exploring deeply the nature and spirit of the American republic – topics essential to understanding our nation’s history, and especially relevant to American politics and culture today.

Christopher Newport’s proximity to Virginia’s historic triangle – Jamestown, Colonial Williamsburg and Yorktown – presents an unparalleled backdrop for the Institute, allowing excursions to historically significant sites that will supplement classroom learning. Other engaging activities, such as film screenings and discussion will round out the exploration of the central figures and institutions that have shaped the American experience.

The Summer Humanities Institute will foster critical-thinking and writing skills that will be valuable long after the program ends. Students will have a unique opportunity to get feedback from college professors before taking AP, IB or dual enrollment courses, and earn three college credits toward graduation from CNU or transferable to other institutions.

The program is open to rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Only 40 students will be selected.

June 25 - 30 and July 9 - 14, 2017 Lebanon Valley College Actuarial Science Camp Our Actuarial Science Summer Camps are week-long intensive programs for rising high school seniors designed to help them decide if they’re interested in actuarial careers. For more information and apllication, visit lvc.edu.

Middle and High School Summer Experiences continue on your path of academic success with high school and middle school summer programs at Washington University in St. Louis. To learn more or to apply, visit summerexperiences.

March 1, 2017 Virginia Department of Conservation and Recreation 
Youth Conservation Corps (YCC) - This is a three-week residential program. Crews live in the park for three weeks. Work generally takes place in the daytime, and environmental education and adventure opportunities fill evenings and weekends. Crewmembers work and live as a team. Crewmembers also complete several projects throughout their park. Recruitment is targeted to attract youth from diverse backgrounds. Young people with a strong background in environmental education are encouraged to apply, but young people who have never experienced a park setting are welcome as well. An executive director and YCC coordinator handle the recruitment and selection of crewmembers and supervisors. Selection is based heavily on the quality of responses given in the application. Site selection and project planning are handled by park staff.  Meals, housing and a program competion stipend of $500 for the participants. Applications are accepted online at Youth conservations Corps.