2019 Prudential Spirit of Community Awards are open to students in grades 5-12 who have participated in a volunteer activity within the past year. Honors are granted at the local, state and national level. Top honorees from all 50 states and the District of Columbia receive a cash prize and an all-expenses-paid trip to Washington, D.C. for four days of special recognition events.
To apply, students should do the following by November 6, 2018:
Complete the application and the student/parent agreement
Go to the "certification" tab on the application, then email instructions to your certifier
Applications can be certified by a middle or high school principal, or the head of a county 4-H organization, Girl Scout council, American Red Cross chapter, YMCA or affiliate of Points of Light's HandsOn Network.
The NCSU School of Education will hold the second annual STEM in Education Day on Saturday, Oct. 13, from 8:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on NC State's main campus. This day is designed to engage juniors and seniors in high school interested in teaching STEM in K-12. We encourage juniors and seniors who are interested in becoming teachers to see all of the incredible opportunities in STEM education through interactive demonstrations and discussions with NC State Education faculty, staff and students. For More information see a flyer you can download.
College of Textiles Open House Saturday, October 13, 2018 9 a.m. to 2 p.m.
We invite you and your students to discover textiles during our Open House! Come enjoy a full day of events and presentations designed to introduce you to this amazing, diverse and innovative industry and the many opportunities available to textiles students at NC State.
Tour our high-tech labs and classrooms, observe demonstrations and get hands-on experience with textiles
The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center
For over 36 years, The Center has offered important leadership opportunities for Triangle students. These programs have been recognized at the local, state and national level.
The Student Action Board Students meet monthly to plan and execute their own service projects during the school year. Leadership skills developed. (Also all hours counts toward the Commissioners' Award!) Click HERE for more info
Commissioners' Award Serve 50+ volunteer hours during the school year (all hours already served this school year counts toward this award!) Click HERE for more info
Mayor’s Award Serve 60+ volunteer hours during the summer (all service beginning the first day of summer vacation counts--includes individual photo shoot with the Mayor) Click HERE for more info
President’s Award Earn the bronze, silver, gold or lifetime achievement award from the White House! (age-specific levels). Click HERE for more info
The Triangle Nonprofit & Volunteer Leadership Center is the local certifying organization for these award hours. (Most service hours for school-clubs, nonprofits, church and other service organizations are eligible for these awards. Sign-up is easy! We are also happy to come speak with you or your school about these programs.)
Last year our students were recognized for over 70,000 hours of service to the Triangle Community. We host an award ceremony for all student achievement programs every year in the Fall. Check out our Award Program Booklet HERE!
Summer Leadership & Enrichment Opportunities (Put on your calendar now! These programs fill up fast!!)
Civic Engagement Leadership Institute (for students)
July 2019 Two-week (Monday thru Friday) Leadership Institute for High School students: - Build knowledge, skills and confidence as a leader to achieve greater success - Explore relevant and local issues that will spark community engagement - Practice strategies for leading positive change - Looks Great on College Applications!
Institute hours can also be used to complete the Mayor’s Award and President's Service Award
June 2019 (Exact dates TBD)
Make A Difference this summer. IMPACT Camp provides area high school-aged youth with an affordable, local week-long urban mission experience--no need to go out of state or country--we have plenty to do here at home.
IMPACT hours can also be used to complete the Mayor’s Award and President's Service Award
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The iMpact Education Foundation
The iMpact Education Foundation's mission is to provide educational opportunities to North Carolinians. This upcoming fall for 14 weeks, our organization will be working with ten students from UNC-Chapel Hill, North Carolina State University, and Duke University to provide a holistic virtual mentorship experience to fifty High School students in North Carolina. We will be offering mentorship to 50 students from across the state this upcoming fall.
Students from any high school, and any high school grade are eligible to participate. The students will be mentored by top-tier college students who have received grants, scholarships, awards, and recognition in both high school and college - and know the process. Also, the mentors will be using a specially-designed curriculum, created by a trained, successful, active college counselor.
The curriculum for High School Freshmen, Sophomores, Juniors, and Seniors will focus on the most important information that each grade level should be aware of. Mentorship will be virtual, so mentees from any location across the state can participate. We have designed this program with a holistic approach, focusing not only on mentees’ academic prowess, but helping them evaluate their volunteer hours, extracurricular participation, interests, and more.
Each mentee will have a team working behind-the-scenes to evaluate their profile and build a customized set of both academic and non-academic scholarships, programs, and organizations that fits the mentee’s interests and abilities. Mentors will use this to help each mentee become the most well-rounded college applicant they can be, and also to help them receive as much scholarship money as possible.
Not only will mentees receive this vital assistance, but they will also receive support to create an in-depth project of their own in a field that they’re interested in. Potential projects include the creation of an organization, the founding of a nonprofit, the design of a new piece of technology, the starting of a business, or anything of the like. Mentees will then be certain to have an amazing experience that they own and can show off on their college applications and scholarships.
These summer immersion programs for high school students facilitate cross-cultural understanding.
Students are able to spend several weeks within an exciting new country choosing from Italy, Spain, France or, even a Western Civilization Travel Program that allows students to travel throughout different countries. The immersion programs allow students to undergo intensive language immersion, travel to historic sites and focus on linguistic and cultural immersion. The pre-college programs have a greater emphasis on academics (culture, history, art, literature, etc) and take place on college campuses. Learn more about the Abbey Road Overseas Programs. Academic Connections at the University of California – San Diego
This three week program helps prepare high-achieving high-school students for success by allowing them to experience college-level academics. Students are able to immerse themselves in study of a particular academic subject taught by graduate students and/or renowned faculty researchers within the field of study. The program is specific to college-bound high school students, so students must be in high school, grades 9-12, and have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.3 or above. Learn more about Academic Connections at the University of California – San Diego. American Collegiate Adventures
American Collegiate Adventures offers programs in both the United States and abroad. The programs range anywhere from one to five weeks, all of which are details on their web site (linked below). Their 4-week program, for example, takes place over the summer in Wisconsin and details the college admissions process. Learn more about American Collegiate Adventures. Bentley University Summer Athletic Camps
Bentley University’s Summer Athletic Camps have earned the reputation as being one of New England’s the best teaching camps for athletics. The college offers summer athletic camps for high school students within the sports of basketball, volleyball, field hockey and more. Providing both a fun and interactive setting, along with state-of-the-art facilities, Bentley’s camps offer students an opportunity to learn games strategies and skills from quality players and top coaches. Learn more about Bentley University Summer Athletic Camps. California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS)
California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science (COSMOS) is a four-week summer residential program that gives high school students who have demonstrated skills within STEM subjects (science, technology, mathematics and engineering) opportunities to explore beyond their usual high school curriculum. Students are able to work on advanced topics with renowned faculty members, scientists and researchers as well as experience state-of-the-art lab environments and facilities. Participants will also have the opportunity to take university-level courses and gain an awareness of both educational and career options within the STEM fields. The students attending the program live in campus housing with other program participants. Full and partial scholarships are available. Learn more about California State Summer School for Mathematics and Science. Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Programs for Diversity
Carnegie Mellon’s Pre-College programs allow students to explore college life both in the classroom and outside to see what’s going on outside of campus. Students are able to mingle with people from all over the world and participate in exciting summer activities that include architecture, art, design, drama, music and even advanced placement and early admission. The best part? There are no tuition housing or dining fees for students who are selected to attend the Summer Programs for Diversity! Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Programs for Diversity. Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Academy for Math + Science (SAMS)
The SAMS programs if for high school students entering their junior or seniors year of high school who are interested in math-based disciplines, such as engineering or science. The hands-on six-week program takes place at Carnegie Mellon University and focuses on technical areas of study, building on both academic and personal skills which are required for admission to top colleges and universities. Learn more about the Carnegie Mellon University – Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science (SAMS). Columbia College of Chicago – High School Summer Institute
Columbia College of Chicago’s High School Summer Institute offers college level courses to students who have completed their sophomore, junior or senior years of high school but have not yet attended college and are interested in the fields of art and communications. The courses do transfer as electives to Columbia College of Chicago and to some other colleges or universities, depending on the discretion of the particular school. Students even have the option of living on campus. If you would like to apply for housing, options are limited, so early application is encouraged. There is an extra cost for housing, which includes a meal plan. Program participants are able to choose from a variety of courses, all of which take place in July. Learn more about Columbia College of Chicago – High School Summer Institute. Concordia Language Villages
Concordia Language Villages is a language and culture education program. Their mission is to prepare young people for responsible citizenship in the global community. The villages have adopted an innovative approach using immersion techniques to teach language. Participants may choose from 15 world language programs: Arabic, Chinese, Danish, English, Finnish, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Norwegian, Portuguese, Russian, Spanish and Swedish. Programs are offered for every age and level of ability as well. Learn more about Concordia Language Villages. Cornell Summer College
Cornell Summer College offers both three- and six- week pre-college programs for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Program participants are able to earn anywhere from three to six college credits, work with world renowned Cornell faculty, attend college fairs, receive one-on-one admissions counseling and experience college life first hand. Students are also able to experience living within a residence hall and a roommate, meeting other students from more than 40 countries and enjoy summer activities. Learn more about Cornell Summer College. Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies
Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies provides students with an academic and social experience so that they are able to experience both challenging coursework and build lasting friendships with other academically gifted students. The program is available to the top five percent of students within a grade level and all courses were developed with gifted students in mind. Only students within grades 8-10 are eligible for the academy. The summer studies take place at various sites including Rice University, University of Georgia, Wake Forest University and Duke University. Learn more about Duke University’s TIP Academy for Summer Studies.
Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP)
The Experience Experience Christendom Summer Program (ECSP), is a program which attracts students from all across the country and various foreign countries. Students attend the Front Royal, VA, campus for a week (Sunday through Saturday) and take part in academic, social, recreational, and spiritual activities, led by current students as counselors. They come away with a new appreciation for the Catholic faith and culture, and are exposed to the transformative power of a truly Catholic liberal arts education. Each year, high school students spend a week on campus and, by the end of the week as “one of the best weeks of their lives,” and have ranked the program on average 4.75 out of 5 on a survey. Not just of the summer, but ever. The program consists of an average of 45-50 students in each session and runs six of these one-week sessions. The cost of the program is just $500 (all inclusive – other than travel), and generous financial aid is given to students who request it/qualify. The program is for students who will be entering their senior year of high school in the fall. According to the website, summer 2016 will mark the 18th year of this wildly popular program, which boasts over 1,900 alumni since 1999. Registration for the 2016 Experience Christendom Summer Programs is now open. Note: the past three years have had waiting lists, so if you’re interested, don’t delay in signing up! Learn more about the Experience Christendom Summer Program.
Harvard’s Pre-College Program & Secondary School Program (SSP)
If you’re wondering what college is like, Harvard offers college programs just for high school students who are curious. Harvard’s high school programs allow you to take real courses along with college students and actually earn college credit. You’ll be able to learn about subjects they don’t teach within your high school curriculum, study with Harvard faculty, have use of Harvard labs and other state-of-the-art libraries and equipment. While you’re there, you’ll meet other students from around the work, attend college prep events and participate in fun and exciting activities. The program is open to high school students who meet the application and admission criteria (see the web site for details; linked below). Financial aid is available for qualifying students.
Learn more about Harvard’s High School Programs. University of Florida – Humanities and the Sunshine StateHumanities and Sunshine State: (Re)Discovering Florida’s Waters is described as “a one-week residential academic program [in June] for rising high school juniors and seniors that explores what the humanities teach us about the cultural, social, and economic significance of water in Florida life. Motivated students interested in learning beyond their traditional high school classroom are encouraged to apply. All high school academic concentrations and career interests are welcome.” Support for this program was provided through a grant from the Florida Humanities Council with funds from the National Endowment for the Humanities with additional funding from the Rothman Endowment of the Center for the Humanities and the Public Sphere and the College of Liberal Arts and Sciences at the University of Florida. Check the below website for program details, including application materials and costs. Need-based scholarships are available. Learn more about Humanities and the Sunshine State: High School Summer Seminar . Indiana University – High School Journalism Institute (HSJI)
Indiana University’s High School Journalism Institute (HSJI) was designed for high school students who would like to explore the field of journalism as an academic or career interest. Students are able to participate in a series of five-day workshops (not for credit) that examine subjects involving the journalism field. Participants will examine the role of the media, analyze their own and other student publications, and develop the skills needed to produce quality publications. Workshop participants will learn, develop and grow new skills or sharpen their existing talents. Additionally, some will even begin to prepare their own schools’ publications and media projects for the coming school year. Learn more about Indiana University – High School Journalism Institute.
Miami University of Ohio – Summer Scholars Program
Miami of Ohio’s Summer Scholars Program is an intense two-week program providing an early college experience for academically gifted rising high school juniors and seniors. Students who participate in the program can expect to become immersed within an academic setting focused around a specific topic of interest, learning alongside the college’s leading faculty and experts. Additionally, participants will be provided with a complete collegiate experience through living in a residence hall, eating within a dining hall and enjoying access to all campus facilities. Workshops on college processes such as the college admissions process, financial aid, test prep, college essay writing and applying for scholarships are also available. Learn more about the Miami University of Ohio – Summer Scholars Program. Mathcamp
Mathcamp is an intensive five-week summer program in which students are able to explore various principles of mathematics. Students are able to learn about undergraduate and graduate-level topics while bonding with a diverse group of people who share the common love of mathematics.
The program offers courses, problem-solving sessions and lectures by leading mathematicians. The program is open to students ages 13 to 18. A qualifying quiz is required of all applicants. Mathcamp is free to students with qualifying family incomes. Financial aid is also available. Learn more about Mathcamp. National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)
The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is an intense month-long camp for young scientists the summer after high school graduation. Students must demonstrate academic proficiency in either mathematics or the sciences as well as other documented leadership skills. Located within a rustic setting, students from around the country are challenged in lectures, hands-on studies and are able to participate in an outdoor adventure program. Because special events are planned to surprise participants each day, the camp does not publish detailed program calendars. Learn more about the National Youth Science Camp.
New York Film Academy’s Summer Film and Acting Camps
These immersion workshops range from four-week programs to full-year programs. Programs are designed to introduce students of all ages to the creative and technical demands of telling stories with moving images. Students have the opportunity to write, direct, shoot, edit and, even, star within short films, depending upon the student’s interest. Award-winning instructors, abundant equipment and small classes provide students with the individual attention and support necessary to complete their own work. Learn more about the New York Film Academy’s Summer Film and Acting Camps. Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program (RISD)
The six-week RISD summer Pre-College Program introduces high school students to the focused curriculum of a college of art and design experience. Program participants follow college-level studio curriculum are immersed in experiencing the elements of a complete RISD education in one of the school’s 21 majors. Students live in residence halls, attend social activities and study a particular subject in the fine or visual arts. Participants must be high school students between the ages of 16-18 years old. Learn more about the Rhode Island School of Design Pre-College Program. Smith College Precollege Summer Programs
Smith College Precollege Summer programs offer intellectually stimulating and unique opportunities for high school girls and international students who wish to pursue their academic interests in the classroom and beyond. Annually the programs offer around 200 young women the freedom to explore challenging and intriguing subjects to strengthen their college applications and increase exposure to undergraduate experiences. Each summer, Smith welcomes young women from many nationalities and diverse racial and socio-economic backgrounds that together form an extraordinary intellectual community. The learning environment is hands-on, collaborative, exploratory, challenging and rich in role models. Professors who are excellent scholars offer personal attention in the classroom while encouraging students’ interests and passions, helping them to develop their academic skills. Programs include Science and Engineering; Young Women’s Writing Workshop; Discovering Women’s History; Field Studies for Sustainable Futures and a College Admission Workshop. Smith College is a place where young women are taken seriously and inspired to excel—as scholars, scientists and leaders. Learn more about the Smith College Precollege Summer Programs. Summer Study Programs
The Summer Study Programs at Penn State University, The Colorado State University, Fordham University NYC, American University DC, and The Sorbonne in Paris combine academically challenging courses with the fun and excitement of campus and study abroad life. High school students can choose from a variety of programs, ranging from 2 to 5 weeks. Learn more about the Summer Study Programs. Summer Science Program (SSP)
For over fifty years, the Summer Science Program in Ojai, California, has enlightened selected high school students in advanced college-level topics in astronomy, physics, calculus and programming. In turn, students are able to develop both intellectually and socially while being challenged academically. The program takes place on two campuses: at the New Mexico Institute of Technology in Socorro and University of Colorado, Boulder, with 36 participants per campus. Learn more about the Summer Science Program (SSP) . Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP)
TASP is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors. Students participate in seminars led by college and university members and participate in educational and social activities outside the classroom. Telluride Association seeks students from all kinds of educational backgrounds who share a passion for learning – students who attend want both a personal and intellectual challenge. The programs offer no grades or college credit. Telluride Association Summer Programs are completely free; every student awarded a place in a TASP attends the program on a full housing, dining and tuition scholarship. Learn more about the Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP).
Tufts Summer Study for High School Students
Tufts attracts top high school students who wish pursuing academic excellence while gaining a head start on their college career. Tufts summer study programs offer benefits like small affordable tuition, small course sizes, financial assistance, college credit options and more. The programs offered to high school students include: Tufts Summer Writing Program, Foundation of Law & Ethics, Health Science Honors, Biomedics Inquiry through Sequencing (BIOSEQ) and College Courses for Seniors. Learn more about the Tufts Summer Study for High School Students.
University of Chicago – The Young Scholars Summer Program (YSP)
The University of Chicago’s Department of Mathematics offers an enrichment program, entitled the Young Scholars Program, which focuses on the subject of mathematics. The Summer Program is a free four-week day camp; mainly for Chicago Public School students (select suburban and private school students are admitted) from 7th to 12th grade. Students attend daily seminars given by University professors and solve mathematics problems based on these seminars. Topics include number theory, theory of field extensions, geometry and probability. Students also learn computer skills. Tuition is free for those accepted. Learn more about the University of Chicago – The Young Scholars Program.
University of Dallas High School Summer Programs
The University of Dallas’ programs use European travel to stimulate careful reading, writing and thinking about life’s most serious questions. The programs offer college credit and are held on our main campus in Irving, TX and sister campus in Rome, Italy. They’re designed to show students the great and lasting pleasures that accompany a good educational experience. Courses are led by experienced university faculty and staff. Learn more about the University of Dallas Summer Study in Europe.
University of New Hampshire Upward Bound Summer Program
University of New Hampshire Upward Bound Summer Program was created to help eligible students achieve their goal of higher education through a free, federally funded, college preparatory program. During their six-week summer residential program, students live on the campus of the University of New Hampshire and take academic courses, participate in enriching activities, receive tutoring as well as attend career workshops, college visits and help through navigating the college application process and financial aid system. Learn more about the University of New Hampshire Upward Bound Summer Program. University of Pennsylvania Programs for High School Students
Penn’s summer programs combine rigorous classroom and lab work with a wide range of social activities, trips and tours. Opportunities are available for those wishing to live on campus or commute. Penn’s summer programs for high school students provide a college-level experience that eases the transition from high school to college. Learn more about University of Pennsylvania Programs for High School Students.
Tulane University Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Summer Research Academy
Tulane University’s accepts 11th and 12th graders to participate in a summer research academy which is focused on environmental health issues in the region of Southeast Louisiana. Additionally, upon successful completion of the program, the students receive a $4,000 award. Students are mainly recruited from local areas including: Orleans, Plaquemines, St. Bernard, and Jefferson parish public/charter/magnet high schools. The program is funded as a result of the BP medical settlement, GRHOP. Learn more about Tulane University Emerging Scholars Environmental Health Sciences Summer Research Academy.
The American Red Cross is looking for community-minded high school and college students who are interested in a leadership and scholarship opportunity. Leaders Save Lives is a great program for students who are leaders at their schools, students who are looking for scholarships and students who want to build their resumes. Here's what students can gain from the Leaders Save Lives program: