Opportunities for HS Students

-US Coast Guard Academy’s Summer Program – for juniors

Application deadline is April 1st. Read about it here: http://www.uscga.edu/AIM/

-Find Yourself at Stanford – grades 7-12

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. Applications are open! Programs for Students in Grades 7-12. https://spcs.stanford.edu/collegecounselor?utm_campaign=CACmailing&utm_source=CACmailing&utm_medium=email

-Summer Opportunity for Rising 9-11th graders, fall 2017

Details can be found at https://dornsife.usc.edu/uscseagrant/summer-science-programs/


-St. John’s College Summer Academy for Sophomores/Juniors

Summer Academy students read the great books in small, discussion-based classes of 20 or fewer. The classes include the original ideas of authors stretching from literature and philosophy to political science, chemistry, biology, mathematics, music, language, physics, history, economics, and more.

For more information, visit: https://www.sjc.edu/summer-academy

-Save the Earth Poetry Contest

“In the end, we will conserve only what we love, we will love only what we understand, we will understand only what we are taught.”           Baba Dioum, Senegalese conservationist

The ‘Save the Earth’ Poetry Prize complements John Felstiner’s book Can Poetry Save the Earth?  A Field Guide to Nature Poems and is offered annually by John Felstiner, Professor Emeritus, Stanford University and Charles Weeden, author of Poems of Yosemite.

Our 2017 contest commences March 1st and closes on May 31st.  The 2017 winners will be announced on August 1st.  Here is what our high school poets need to know to enter

  • 7 winners each year.  Each poet receives a check for $200 and a copy of Can Poetry Save the Earth?
  • High school poets, grades 10th, 11th and 12th, are invited to enter.  No entry fee.  Email poem to:  savetheearthpoems@gmail.com.
  • Poems submitted should, in any way possible, evoke humankind’s awareness of the natural world and nature as such.
  • One submission per student. There’s no restriction on form or length.
  • Please include in your email your name, school grade, high school with town and state, and name of your English teacher.
  • Poems should be submitted in English and either in Microsoft Word or .PDF.

For more information, click here: https://sites.google.com/site/savetheearthpoems/


-QuestBridge Program for Juniors

The 2017 QuestBridge College Prep Scholars Program for academically gifted, low-income high school juniors will open in mid-February. You can visit www.questbridge.org to learn more about awards and selection criteria. This program provides an early advantage in applying to top colleges.

Who should apply? High school juniors who:

  • Have mostly A’s in the most rigorous courses available;
  • Come from households earning less than $65,000 annually (for a typical family of four);
  • May be eligible for free or reduced-priced lunch;
  • May be part of the first generation in their family to attend college.

Free online applications must be completed by March 22, 2017.

If you have questions, contact Joan Shaw at joan@ischool.org

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