*Please remember that this is not an all-inclusive list of available opportunities. The information here is reflective ONLY of those advertised to our office.
|*Why should you consider enrichment opportunities? Participation demonstrates motivation, an interest in learning, and a willingness to try new things. They can be documented on a resume and reflected on in college admission/scholarship essays and interviews.|
*Please register for college open house events early. Admission counselors frequently share that those events fill up quickly, especially if there is a home football game the same day. All NC College / University Open House events can be located on the CFNC Website. These events are designed to allow students to see classrooms and dorms and meet instructors, admissions representatives, and financial aid specialists!
|OPPORTUNITY NAME (if underlined it is hyperlinked to the actual website)||EVENT DATE & LOCATION||APPLICATION DEADLINE (if applicable)||ELIGIBLE GRADE LEVELS||COST (if applicable)||DESCRIPTION|
|DUE||Semper Fidelis all American Program||July 19||Apply online by December 31||11th||FREE||Semper Fidelis All-Americans will attend the four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington D.C. in July 2019. There they will participate in daily workouts, an immersive Marine Corps experience on base in Quantico, a community service event, teambuilding outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital. STUDENTS MUST MEET THESE MINIMUM REQUIREMENTS FOR NOMINATION:|
Be a Junior in High School, have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, be active in community service, play a competitive team sport, and hold a student or community leadership position.
Students will be selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens.
|DUE||G2 Overachievers Grant||n/a||Apply online by December 31||9-12||FREE||Pilot Pen is continuing the G2 Overachievers Student Grant designed to reward and celebrate the exceptional young scholar (aged 13 to 19, in middle school or high school) who is making a difference in others’ lives outside of the classroom. One student grant winner will earn $12,500 to further their education and/or continue their good works. The winner’s school will also be awarded $2,500 to help enhance their efforts to foster student overachievement. Entrants are required to submit 1,000 to 2,500 handwritten words expressing how they, or a student they know, are working outside the classroom to benefit others.|
|DUE||MIT THINK Scholars Program||Selected finalists are invited to a four-day all-expenses paid trip to MIT’s campus where they meet professors in their field of research, tour labs, attend MIT’s xFair, and hang out with members of the THINK team! Finalists also have weekly mentorship meetings with THINK team members for technical guidance, helpful resources, and updates on the project’s progress.||Apply online by January 1||THINK is an annual science research and innovation competition for high school students. Rather than requiring students to have completed a research project before applying, THINK instead caters to students who have done extensive research on the background of a potential research project and are looking for additional guidance in the early stages of their project. The program is organized by a group of undergraduates at MIT. Students are expected to submit a proposal (of no more than 10 pages) before the application deadline detailing the problem they are attempting to solve, how their idea/system combats the target problem, developmental procedure, a timetable of milestones, and budget allocation. THINK project proposals are science, technology, and engineering ideas that span many fields, from green technologies and practical devices to software applications. As long as it can be completed in one semester with a $1000 budget, almost anything is fair game! A good proposal has an insightful idea, clearly defined goals, and a well thought-out procedure for implementation.|
|North Carolina School of Science and Math||FREE Residential High School for North Carolina 11th and 12th Graders interested in science, math, and technology; ONLINE options for eligible students who wish to participate in NCSSM while staying at their own NC high school||January 15||11th and 12th Graders (current 10th graders may apply)||FREE||Eligible applicants may apply to either NCSSM's residential or online program or both, using one electronic application. There is no application fee or cost for tuition, meals, room/board, or textbooks for either program. NCSSM has partnered with the College Foundation of North Carolina (CFNC) to create the NCSSM electronic application. To complete an application you must have a CFNC account. Go to www.cfnc.org, read through the instructions, and create a CFNC account. All applicants must take either the SAT or ACT as a sophomore as part of the application process. Applicants do not have to take the SAT or ACT before creating an application account. (Last chance to take an ACT is February 9!)|
|UNC Chapel Hill PROJECT UPLIFT||Thursday-Sunday, dates in May and June||January 15|
Current 11th graders
|$25||Project Uplift is a summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in postsecondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution. We are looking for rising high school seniors who have shown outstanding academic ability, especially those from backgrounds that are underrepresented in post-secondary education. Project Uplift & Uplift PLUS is designed for students from underrepresented populations, such as American Indian, African American, Hispanic/Latinx and Asian American backgrounds. We also welcome prospective first-generation college students, students from rural communities and individuals from disadvantaged backgrounds.|
|UNC Chapel Hill North Carolina Renaissance||July 10-13 at UNC Chapel Hill||January 15|
Current 10th graders
|$25||North Carolina Renaissance (NCR) is a pre-college summer enrichment program that enables high-achieving rising juniors from rural communities to experience college life on Carolina‘s historic campus. NCR is a four-day program that will inspire students to pursue their educational aspirations while developing unique leadership skills.|
By participating in NCR, students will:
Experience life in Carolina’s residence halls, dining halls and recreation facilities.
Establish personal relationships with world-renowned faculty, staff and current students.
Learn about admissions procedures and college affordability.
Develop leadership skills and participate in community service activities.
Receive test-taking strategies and resources for the ACT & SAT
Engage one-on-one with representatives from UNC’s Offices of Admissions and Scholarships & Student Aid.
Participate in academic, social, cultural and experiential learning activities.
|Summer Ventures in Science and Math||Summer 2019 (4 weeks) at App State, UNCW, UNCC, and ECU||Apply online by January 15.||10th and 11th||FREE||Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a no-cost, state-funded program for academically talented North Carolina students who aspire to careers in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics. |
As a rising high school junior or senior, you live on a college campus for four weeks in the summer and conduct research around topics of your interest — while enjoying the company of like-minded peers.
|The Perry Initative||February 16, 2019 at Wake Forest Baptist Hospital||Apply online by January 15.||Females, grades 9-12||FREE||The Perrry Initiative inspires young women to be leaders in Orthopaedic Surgery and Engineering by partnering wtih medical centers, universities and high schools nationwide. Apply to participate in the day long program. Explore hands-on workshop modules and receive mentorship from women surgeons and engineers.|
|UGA Summer Vet Camp||June 16-22, 2019 at the University of Georgia School of Veterinary Medicine||Apply online by January 25.||Current high school 10, 11, 12 graders||$900 (includes lodging, meals, instruction, and social activities). Financial assistance for students who demontrate need.||This program is designed to help students evaluate their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, provide mentorship, and help them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path. It’s a great experience and the students have a lot of fun while also learning about the profession.|
|Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders||July 7--July 27, 2019 at Appalachain State University||Apply online by February 28.||Current juniors who have a sincere interest in business as a college major.||Tuition is $1900 plus a meal plan of $350. (Includes 2 weeks at Appalachain State followed by 1 week of travel.)||24 students will be invited to participate in classroom instruction (at ASU), an entrepreneurial project, outdoor courses, and local activities, ending with business oriented travel.|
|SATELLITE at NCSU||May 11-15 at NCSU||Apply online by March 1||10th graders||$30||SATELLITE (Science And Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership In Tomorrow’s Endeavors) is an exciting five-day adventure at North Carolina State University for selected HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES. During the program, SATELLITE scholars are exposed to a wide range of N.C. State's science and technology resources while exploring future educational and career opportunities in a variety of fields. Scholars also get a feel for the college experience--living in student dorms, attending lectures, hands-on laboratories, and interactive demonstrations led by faculty and staff, and participating in various cultural and enrichment activities. (Applications will open in January.)|
|Summer Accelerator||Summer 2019 ( 2 weeks online and 1 week at either Brevard College or NCSSM Durham)|
current grades 9--11
|Tuition for Accelerator is $1,925. Financial aid is available.||Summer Accelerator is offered at NCSSM's campus in Durham and at Brevard College in Western North Carolina. Early Accelerator programs for rising 7th - 9th grade students are weeklong residential courses and Accelerator for rising 10th - 12th grade students begins with two weeks of online work followed by one week residential.|
|Duke Summer Sessions: Summer College||July 7-August 2, 2019|
Apply online by April 15.
|current grades 10-12||$9,545|| This 4-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 élite program designed to provide high school students with an academic and residential environment conducive to collegiate success. |
|Duke Summer Sessions: Summer Academy||June 16-July 5 OR July 14-August 2|
Apply online by April 15.
|current grades 9-12||$6,745||Have fun and enjoy personal enrichment classes with academically-motivated students from around the world in Duke University’s Summer Academy for High School Students. This three-week, non-credit-bearing program attracts students who represent the next generation of innovators and global citizens from around the world. Enroll in this élite program and immerse yourself in an international experience designed to expose you to leading-edge fields and equip you to be a leader in an ever-changing tomorrow.|
|Duke Summer Sessions: Accellerated STEM Academy||One week sessions starting June 16, June 23, July 7, or July 22.|
Apply online by April 15.
current grades 9-12
|$2,365||Spend your summer alongside the next generation of innovators at Duke University’s Accelerated STEM Academy and engage with some of the world’s top researchers. During this one-week program, you will explore Duke’s state-of-the-art laboratories, learn about trailblazing research, and experience the life of an élite researcher.|