Johns Hopkins Center for Talented Youth (CTY – list of state and national competitions)  Academic Competitions –

John F. Kennedy Profile in Courage Essay Contest:  here’s your chance to write a new profile in courage.  For contest information, registration, and to submit your essay, visit  Deadline for submission is January 8.

Department of Veterans Affairs Voluntary Service Program welcomes and encourages youth Volunteerism through service learning projects and other opportunities.  For more information, contact Battle Creek VA Medical Center Community and Volunteer Service at 269-223-5497.

Lions of Michigan Youth Exchange program offer students summer opportunities to travel and expand their knowledge of family and community life in other cultures.  Young people between the ages of 17 and 21 may participate.  Must be in good health, both mentally and physically, and be willing to learn new customs and cultures.  The deadline is Sept 30th.  For more information, please email [email protected].

Announcing the University of Michigan Medical School’s Summer Science Academy.  Program dates are in June.  The deadline for application is February 1, and the application can be found

Alexander Hamilton Citizenship Achievement Award:  Open to juniors with a strong record of community service and academic studies.  Applications can be found at, and the deadline is April 15.

MSU Office of Gifted and Talented Education:

The MI/Shiga, Japan Exchange Program for students grades 9 – 11, sends 20 MI students to stay with a host family in the prefecture, or state, of Shiga in Japan.  Students depart from MI in late June, returning in early July. During your stay, you’ll be introduced to the Japanese educational system, family life, and all aspects of Japanese culture.  While the previous study of the Japanese language is helpful, it is not necessary to participate in the program.  MI students will then host their Japanese students in their homes in September.  For application information and review the Shiga program.

MSU Leadership Camp for Rising Juniors  For information, please visit

Cornell University Summer Programs:  several summer programs for high school students who excel in math and science and want to learn more about engineering careers.  For more information, visit

Columbia University is offering Summer High School Programs for juniors and seniors.  For more information, log on to

Savannah College of Art and Design (SCAD):  announcing several summer programs for high school students.  Students must be nominated by a teacher or counselor to be considered, and nominations must be received by April 1.  For more information, visit

George Washington University Pre-College Program:  summer sessions include election politics, biomedical engineering, robotics, and many more.  For more information, please click here.

Stanford University High School Summer College:  offers many courses such as biology, fiction writing, computer science, calculus, and many more.  More info found at

Student Essay Contest sponsored by the Office of the Prosecuting Attorney:  essay contest designed to engage high school students and encourage them to utilize their writing talents in commemorating the theme of National Crime Victims’ Rights Week—Reshaping the Future – Honoring the PastThe contest deadline is March 30.  Monetary awards for 1st, 2nd, and 3rd place.  More information in the Counseling Office.

American Institute for Foreign Study:  offers enriching summer programs for high school students.  3-week SAT Prep & College Admissions Review at Amherst College, 4-week high school study abroad in Nanjing, China, and Summer Institute for the Gifted at several U.S. universities.  Students are encouraged to apply by April 15.  For more info, visit

Van Buren Youth Camp:  their annual Leadership Camp is the last week of June.   Their Board of Directors has designated one scholarship per school.  If you are interested, have strong leadership skills, and may need financial assistance, apply online at  The deadline is May 15.

Kellogg’s Research and Tech Summer Co-Op:  hiring for 40-hour per week positions this summer from June-Aug.  Need to act quickly, as space is limited.  Must be 18 and meet other requirements.  For more information, visit, and open the Career Opportunities tab.

Job Corps:  A career training and education program for students age 16 thru 24 who meet income requirements.  It is designed to help students find the path to personal and career success—all at no cost to eligible students.  Includes hands-on training, and more.  Call (800) 733-JOBS or visit for more information.

Loyola University Chicago’s Pre-Collegiate Summer Scholars program:  designed for 10th and 11th graders where students will get a preview of college life, take part in educational, cultural, and recreational activities amidst the bustle of a world-class city, and much more.  Visit for more information.

American Legion Auxiliary Girls State:  Currently recruiting female students who will complete their junior year of high school in June, maintain an above-average scholastic standing, and have an interest in our government process and getting involved in their communities.  Please visit for more information on various programs, scholarships, and deadlines.

Pine Lake Experience:  hosted by the Michigan Career and Technical Institute, this unique weeklong experience is designed for high school students interested in career exploration, team building, and recreational activities in a camp setting.  Sessions are in July.  Applications are due prior to June 28th, and the cost is $500, but scholarships are available upon request.  More information in the Counseling Office.

NYC Fashion Summer Camps:  Banson NYC is excited to offer 3 NYC Fashion Summer Camps for high school students.  They are designed for teens entering 9th through 12th grades.  Each week-long session will teach students the fundamentals of the fashion industry by providing an insider’s perspective.

For More Info: Contact Banson NYC at or (917)328-1469. 

Annual Prudential Spirit of Community Awards:  the largest youth recognition program for students in grades 5-12 who volunteer in their communities.  Click here for more informationThe deadline is in November.