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Special Opportunities/Summer Programs

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Students interested in attending a U.S. Service Academy
Appointment to a service academy is an extremely competitive process.  To receive an offer of appointment, an applicant must obtain a nomination from an official source.  There are many nomination sources and applicants are encouraged to apply to all available sources.  This includes, but is not limited to, your U.S. Representative, two U.S. Senators and the Vice President of the United States. 
Students who are interested can visit Doug Lamalfa's website at and choose the services link for his nomination application and instructions.  Completed application packets must be received by the end of October each year. Check the website for the specific deadline.  Late packets will not be accepted.
High School Scholars-Chico State
The high school scholars (HSS) program is an excellent opportunity for local high school students to take up to two courses at CSU Chico for $54.  You must be an 11th or 12th grader with a 3.0 non-weighted GPA or higher.  Submit completed and signed HSS application, required documents, HSS Add request form, and $54 fee by the established deadline each semester.  Go to the website listed for application and information.
Online college classes for high school at CSU Dominguez Hills in the Young Scholars Program
If you are a high school junior or senior with a 3.00 GPA or better, you can earn up to 24 units of college credit by taking courses via distance learning through the Young Scholars program at California State University, Dominguez Hills.  Credit for these courses is recorded on a college transcript, and can be transferred to any college or university.  Each college or university determines if the courses meet their General Education and degree requirements.  For further information visit  You can also pick up a Young Scholars program flyer in the Counseling Center.
Full scholarships to study abroad in Germany
Funded by the U.S State Department, the Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program offers full scholarships to high school students who seek to immerse themselves in German culture by living with a host family and attending a local high school.
Must be a U.S. citizen between the ages of 15 and 18 ½ at the start of the program and a current high school student at the time of the application with a 3.0 GPA or higher.  Prior knowledge of German is not necessary in order to apply.
Deadline is Jan. 15, 2017
Apply online at:
Bezos Scholars Program
Each year 12 high school juniors from across the US are selected to become a Bezos Scholar.  Successful applicants are ambitious students who demonstrate academic rigor, leadership, and a desire to create positive change in their community.  The program kicks off with an all expenses paid scholarship to the Aspen Ideas Festival in Aspen Colorado.
Applicants must meet these criteria:
  • Junior status during the 2017-18 academic year
  • Legal U.S. citizen, permanent resident, or have received DACA status
  • Demonstration of leadership in one’s school and community
  • Have taken at least one of these tests: PSAT, SAT, ACT, or ACT Aspire
  • Be enrolled in, or have taken, one or more Advanced Placement (AP) classes, International Baccalaureate (IB) classes, or college-level courses
  • Availability to participate in all program dates, including June 23-29, 2018 in Aspen, Colorado
If you are interested, go to
Music Honors Weekend
Washington and Lee University (Lexington, Virginia) 
The Washington and Lee University Music Honors Weekend is an event designed to celebrate the musical accomplishments of outstanding high school juniors and seniors. The event includes the opportunity to perform in one of three honor ensembles, to interact with W&L music faculty, staff, and students, and to participate in musical breakout sessions and events.  Honors band, choir, and orchestra.  For information on application (normally due in November) go to
 11th graders interested in the FBI
The Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Sacramento Field Office is accepting applications for the Spring 2017 FBI Teen Academy. This unique opportunity is open to all high school juniors attending any school—public, private, and home school—in the 34-counties the field office serves. The application package is available for download now.
Students selected to participate will spend an entire day at FBI Sacramento Field Office headquarters in Roseville on Friday, April 7, 2017. Applying and attending the FBI Teen Academy program is free; however, families are responsible for travel to and from the class.
The FBI Teen Academy is a unique opportunity for any student—regardless of career interest—who is curious about the FBI, what the FBI investigates, and how it serves the community. FBI Teen Academy participants engage in activities and discussions about what the FBI does and current topics relative to FBI investigations. Activities may include discussions about cyber safety, terrorism, active shooter situations, and color of law and civil rights investigations; participation in simulated evidence response team and bomb techs scenarios; and frank conversations about online communication and staying safe in an always-connected world.
After completing the class, participants better understand the FBI’s role in their communities, grasp the complexity of FBI investigations, can make lifestyle choices to be safer in their day-to-day lives, and what FBI career paths are available. FBI Teen Academy students often remain connected with the field office to facilitate presentations, mentorship, and more.
Free College Visit Programs
Reed College in Portland, Oregon Discover Reed Fly-In Program
Every year Reed seeks a class of intelligent, engaged, community-minded students to join their remarkable liberal arts college.  Reed invites students from historically underrepresented racial and ethnic backgrounds to participate in an all-expenses-paid two-night visit to their campus.
You must be a current high school senior.  Applications are due early September.  Apply at
Harvey Mudd (part of the Claremont Colleges in Southern California)-FAST Program-Future Achievers in Science and Technology Program
The FAST Program is an opportunity for high-achieving college-bound high school seniors from populations that are underrepresented in math and science to experience Harvey Mudd.  FAST is free and includes overnight accommodations and meals.  Students can find more information and apply at
Applications due mid-August of senior year.

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Summer Pre-College Programs are an amazing way for high school students to get an opportunity to “test drive” a particular college, major or career field.  There are hundreds of programs out there, some are 1-2 weeks long, others are 3 or 4 weeks, and a few last for 2 months.  Students get to live in the dorms, have a roommate they don’t know, get to know faculty and staff from the college, take classes in specific subjects that usually aren’t taught in high school (they may even receive college credit for the class).  Bottom line – they get to experience what college is like, and their parents get to experience what life is like with their student out of the house for a while.  Everyone wins.  We’ve had students participate in these programs and discover that their “dream” school wasn’t a good fit after all – that’s GREAT!  Other students have confirmed their major/career passion – also fantastic.
Applications for the programs range from a registration process to a competitive application process – varies by program. Deadlines also vary by program, but most tend to be in the winter months.
College Options
If you are interested in seeing a list of possible programs, we have a list on our website at:!college-options-scholarships/c1qow (Summer Program Scholarships section).  Note, that this is strictly a PARTIAL list of POSSIBLE programs – there are hundreds out there. Many of the programs have scholarships and/or tuition assistance for students.
For those of you in the College OPTIONS region:  Modoc, Shasta, Siskiyou, Tehama and Trinity Counties, College OPTIONS offers scholarships for 9-11th graders to attend Pre-College Summer Programs.  Scholarships are worth the cost of the tuition/housing for the program or $2,500, whichever is less. The application is available online at and is due March.  Check website for specific date. 
U.S. Navy 
The United States Naval Academy offers opportunities to challenge your limits.  Consider attending one week in June at the United States Naval Academy's Summer Seminar.
Summer opportunity at UC Davis for current 10th and 11th graders:
Entering its fifty-third year, the UCD-YSP offers summer research opportunities in the biological and natural sciences for 40 high-achieving students who will be rising juniors or rising seniors. Selected on the basis of a competitive application, successful applicants will reside in university dormitories from mid June to July. Participants in this program work closely with university research faculty on individual projects. All research is conducted under the supervision of UC Davis research faculty and will take place in UC Davis campus laboratories and affiliated field stations. In addition to these extraordinary research opportunities, participants will  enjoy weekend field trips to points of interest throughout Northern California, lectures on current issues in scientific  research, and opportunities to work and live with other talented students with similar interests. Additional information, online application materials,and information about application and participation fees are available at the program  web site  Please note, substantial fee reductions (up to 90% of cost) are available for students on a needs-based sliding scale.
SUMMER 2016 STEM PROGRAM for current 9-11th graders:
Interested in a career in Science and Engineering? Challenge yourself this summer at the United States Naval Academy, one of the best undergraduate engineering programs in the country (as ranked by U.S. News & World Report).  This hands-on program is designed to encourage rising 9th-11th graders to pursue a course of study in SCIENCE, TECHNOLOGY, ENGINEERING AND MATHEMATICS throughout high school and college.
Sessions:  Rising 9th Graders - June 6-11, Rising 10th Graders - June 13-18, Rising 11th Graders - June 20-24  (dates change yearly)
Applications open online January   www.USNA.EDU/ADMISSIONS/STEM
For 2-4 weeks in the summer, Broadreachers join a small group of peers and expert leaders in places like Australia, Fiji, Africa, South America and the Caribbean, and return home with a changed outlook, internationally recognized certificates, lifelong bonds, college credit, community service hours and countless memories to share. A few examples of programs offered: Marine Science, Animal Science, Language & Cultural Immersion, Photography & Arts, and Scuba & Sailing. To learn more about the college- accredited summer adventures contact us at 919-256-8200 or email
George Washington University
The GW Pre-College Program invites motivated high school students from all over the world to engage in rigorous academic experiences as they prepare for their college future. They offer several options for students in credit and noncredit program formats. Summer in Washington, DC is a one-of-a-kind experience! –Visits to Smithsonian Museums –National monuments  -Art galleries  -Embassies  -The US Capitol  -Free concerts.For more information:  or  202-994-6360
Computer Science Institute for graduating seniors
Google is invested in increasing the enrollment and retention of computer science students. With this in mind, Google is hosting the ninth annual Computer Science Summer Institute (CSSI), a three-week introduction to computer science for graduating high school seniors with an interest in technology —especially students from historically underrepresented groups in the field.
Please visit for more information and to apply. Application deadline: March (check website). Final decisions will be announced by early May at the latest. Have questions? Feel free to Google at or
Stevens Pre-College Programs
Stevens is ranked as a top national research university that leverages the interplay between creativity and discovery, technology, and art.  They offer summer programs for current 10th and 11th graders.  Priority application deadline is mid-Feb (check website).  They have a wide variety of offerings including coding, game design, pre-med, engineering design, and more.
Stanford Pre-College Studies
Find yourself at Stanford.
Passionate about learning? Intellectually adventurous? Find programs and peers that share your interests at Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies.
Duke University
Here at Duke University we are pleased to inform you that our Biology Department is offering more classes than ever this summer!  For summer 2016, you can earn credit at Duke while learning about such hot topics in Biology as: (1) Humans and the Environment; (2) Truths and Lies about Genetically Modified Organisms; (3) Love and Hate Between Humans and Micro-Organisms; (4) The 3-D Genome and Human Disease; (5) Microbes and the World Around Us. Visit Duke Daytime Courses to learn about all Duke credit-bearing courses offered through Summer College for High School students
University of Notre Dame
Check this website for information about their summer programs:
USC Bovard Scholars
Three week summer residential program on USC's campus and one on one support for in career exploration, admission and financial aid guidance, test prep, leadership development.  Student must be a current 11th grader with financial need.  Application deadline is mid-Feb. (check website)  
The Yale Young Global Scholars Program (YYGS) 
YYGS is an intense summer program designed to provide talented high school students with interdisciplinary
insight, global awareness, and critical skills for becoming leaders inside and outside the
classroom. Students spend two weeks on Yale’s campus in New Haven, Connecticut
getting an authentic taste of life at Yale with their classmates from around the world.
Throughout the program, students will have direct access to renowned Yale faculty and
current Yale undergraduate and graduate students from across the University.
In YYGS students will:
• Improve analytical thinking, intellectual flexibility, written and oral communication
• Engage productively with a diverse group of like-minded peers
• Participate in lively small group discussions on a range of contemporary issues
• Develop key skills to better position themselves as global leaders
Current 10th and 11th graders need to apply by January.
Gettysburg College
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, history, creative writing, or information technology.  Deadline to apply is May but it is competitive so get your application in early!!
  • 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.
  • Campaigns and Elections Academy - This program is designed for highly-motivated students who have a strong interest in American campaigns and elections. Participants learn about the origins and evolution of democracy in America and gain hands-on experiences related to modern political campaigns.
  • 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.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino. Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle.
Pratt Pre-College Program
Each summer, Pratt Institute's Precollege program welcomes nearly 400 high school students to their Brooklyn campus for nearly one month, where they encounter life as an art and design college student.  Students may choose classes in architecture, art, design, fashion, creative writing and more.   Tuition is $3839 (merit scholarships available).  Application opens in December and is due in March. Check website for specific details.  Pratt Precollege Program
Summer camp for high school girls: Camp CEO
All 8th through 11th grade girls with a positive attitude and enthusiasm for new learning opportunities are welcome to apply to attend the Girl Scouts NorCal Camp CEO teen girl leadership camp, set for July.  Camp CEO gives girls the important opportunity to have a direct link to successful women who can advise on career exploration, resume building, college preparation, and much more.  In addition to workshops ranging from financial literacy to self-esteem, girls will participate in the fun traditional camp activities that Camp Bothin has to offer, including teambuilding, swimming, the high adventure course, arts and crafts, archery, and more.  The event is free, all meals are provided, and no previous Girl Scout experience is required. 
Applications are available in the Counseling Center.