Summer Programs

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A special offer for female students from our friends at Philadelphia Futures!!

Ellis Trust Scholarship

The Charles E. Ellis Trust for Girls (The Ellis Trust) helps eligible young women in Philadelphia excel in high school and be prepared for post-secondary success.

New applications for funding for summer programs may be submitted beginning February 1, 2016. Students whose applications were approved during the period July 1, 2014 through November 15, 2015 may request funding for summer programs without submitting a new application.

Students must apply for admission and financial aid through the summer program, before requesting funding from the Charles E. Ellis Trust. Priority will be given to students attending high impact educational programs

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Al-Bustan Arabic Language& Arts Summer Program

Three-week educational programs for those interested in exploring the Arabic language and culture through the arts.  The program includes four hours of Arabic reading, speaking, writing, and listening with two hours of arts instruction in visual art, singing, and drumming, taught by experienced language teachers and teaching artists.

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PAFA Summer Programs for High School Students

PAFA offers summer intensive classes and a summer academy program for high school students interested in the fine arts.  Summer intensive classes are week-long, all-day classes, while the summer academy is a five-week, college-level program.  Information on eligibility, registration, costs, and financial aid can be found at their website.

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Pre-College Programs at Boston University

Choose from five exciting and challenging summer high school programs. Each program offers the opportunity to explore new subjects and college life—while making friends with fellow students and participating in social activities in Boston and on campus. Join other motivated high school students from 49 states and 87 countries and experience a great introduction to college life and academics.

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University of Pennsylvania Summer Mentorship Program

The Provost Summer Mentorship Program is an innovative four-week experience, aiming to inspire first-generation and minority students in Philadelphia to view higher education as an achievable and worthwhile goal. Students selected for the program are provided the opportunity to partner with, and learn from, the five professional schools here at the University. These include the Penn School of Dental Medicine, Penn Nursing, Penn Engineering, Perelman School of Medicine, and Penn Law. Over the course of the program, admitted high school students gain first-hand experience in chosen academic disciplines and the opportunity to explore a variety of career opportunities.

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Carleton Liberal Arts Experience

Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

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Mercy College Business Leadership Academy

Students will learn leadership lessons from faculty and leaders from top companies while participating in active learning and team-building opportunities.  In addition, students will visit Fortune 500 companies.  Past visits have included Goldman Sachs, PriceWaterhousCooper, Young and Rubicam, Bloomberg and MTV, among others.  There is no charge for tuition and students stay in the dorm for free (other costs do apply).  Students from 23 states applied for 150 positions last year.

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Boston University Summer Investigative Journalism Workshop

The New England Center for Investigative Reporting, based at Boston University’s College of Communication, is offering a unique Investigative Journalism Workshop this summer. There are three two-week workshops. During each session, students participate in seminars and work alongside BU faculty and award-winning local and national journalists on investigative stories that could be published on the center’s website or in regional and national publications. Students will live on the BU campus and gain hands-on experience in investigative reporting while developing critical thinking and writing skills.

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Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences

The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS) was established in order to provide a summer enrichment experience in the sciences and mathematics for talented Pennsylvania high school students and to encourage them to pursue careers in the fields of science, technology, engineering or mathematics. The program provides instruction in biological sciences, chemistry, physics, mathematics, and computer science, with emphasis on collaborative learning and team research.

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Massachusetts Institute of Technology Summer Programs

The MIT Office of Engineering Outreach Programs (OEOP) in the School of Engineering offers three free-of-charge academic enrichment programs for rising high school seniors from across the country.

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The Student Conservation Association

Are you a high school student who is passionate about conservation? Do you like working as part of a team to get things done? Do you just love being outdoors?  Join an SCA Community or National Crew and plug yourself into SCA’s nationwide network of young conservationists – thousands of students who are as passionate as you are about preserving wildlands, protecting nature in urban areas, and keeping the planet green.  SCA offers a range of programs for youth ages 15-19. Whether you want to serve in your local community or explore public lands across the country, SCA has something for you!

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University of Pittsburgh College Prep & Leadership Academy

The program is targeted for high school rising juniors and rising seniors who have the intentions of applying to and attending college. Student participants will be exposed to leadership development experience and college preparation workshops to provide the knowledge and skills to assist with the college application process and making the most of the collegiate experience.

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Summer at Lebanon Valley College

Lebanon Valley College provides a myriad of summer activities for the entire family. Opportunities are available for high school students exploring the wonders of music and theater through the LVC Summer Music Camp or the Daniel Fox Summer Scholars Camp, a residential summer camp experience for exceptional students. Sports camps provide students with the chance to expand their skills during the summer months.

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Summer Institutes at Drexel University

Drexel’s summer academic programs are open to highly motivated high school students who wish to explore what a university-level program is all about. Workshops are led by Drexel faculty and utilize Drexel’s labs, facilities, and the city of Philadelphia’s many resources.

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Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes and Summer College

Pursue an intensive single-subject course covering advanced material not normally offered at your school.  Experience what life is like as undergraduate students at Stanford.  Choose from more than 125 college courses in 30 academic departments.  Learn with instructors and peers who share your interests and talents.

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Rowan Summer Music Camps

The Rowan Summer Music Camps offers students from southern New Jersey and surrounding states a chance to study with some of the region’s finest music educators and performers. During these dynamic five-day camps, students will learn advanced techniques and other musicianship skills necessary for today’s music students and tomorrow’s performers.

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CIEE Summer Leadership Academy

Develop leadership skills and participate in meaningful service activities while you explore a new culture, language and country.  A valuable international experience that broadens students’ views of the world and prepares them for the challenges of living and working in a global community.

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Cleveland Institute of Art Summer Pre-College Program

Sharpen your artistic skills. Experiment with new media. Build your portfolio. And focus on your art at the Cleveland Institute of Art’s Pre-College Program. During this two-week residential program, you’ll use the tools and processes available only to our students and experience the life of an art student at a premier college of art and design.

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Global Leadership Adventures

Join other globally-minded high school students on meaningful and exciting teen volunteer abroad programs inAfrica, Asia and Latin America. We offer international high school study abroad and community service trips to Ghana, Tanzania, Bali, Thailand, India, China, Fiji, Galapagos Islands, Peru, Dominican Republic, Costa Rica or Guatemala.

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Princeton University Summer Journalism Program

25 high school journalists from across the country come to Princeton’s campus for 10 days every August for a crash course on journalism and college admissions. Classes at the program are taught by reporters and editors from The New York Times, The Washington Post, The New Yorker, The Daily Beast, Time, Foreign Policy, The New Republic, Sports Illustrated, CNN and NPR, among other media outlets.

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Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute

The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators to put their education into action. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. – See more at:

A year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors to put their education in action.  It begins with  with a scholarship to the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the next school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals to transform their schools and communities.

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The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators to put their education into action. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. – See more at:
The Bezos Scholars Program @ the Aspen Institute is a year-long leadership development program for public high school juniors and educators to put their education into action. It begins with a scholarship to attend the Aspen Ideas Festival and continues through the following school year when Bezos Scholar teams return home to launch sustainable, Local Ideas Festivals that transform their schools and communities. – See more at:

Young Scholars Program

During three weeks at the University of Maryland, you will pursue academic interests and discover career opportunities, study with exceptional faculty in a stimulating environment, engage in creative problem solving with equally talented peers, earn three university credits, and discover the independence of college life.

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State Police Youth Week

Students will learn how to work as a team and be taught self-esteem.  There will be classes in Pennsylvania Vehicle and Crime Codes, forensic sciences, radar, riot control, tactical drug operation through the use of specially trained dogs, weapon firing, and other police related skills.

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Keystone Girls State

Students study local, county and state government by setting up their own miniature city, county and state governments and administer then according to laws of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania.  Open to female students who have completed their junior year and resides in Pennsylvania.

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Keystone Boys State

Students practice and operate fictitious cities, four counties and one state, based on the statutes and codes of the State of Pennsylvania.  Open to any male student who has completed their junior year and resides in Pennsylvania.

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Hispanic National Bar Foundation’s Future Latino Leaders Law Camp

Held each summer over 9 days in Washington, D.C., the program gives high school students from across the country an opportunity to live on a college campus while exploring the nation’s capital and meeting influential Latino attorneys and judges. Students receive behind the scenes tours of the U.S. Capitol, State Department, Department of Justice, and Supreme Court. The classroom and mock trial competition experience provides students an opportunity to develop valuable skills, such as team work and collaboration, oral presentation skills, critical thinking skills, productive argument and persuasion skills, and the ability to face challenging obstacles with enthusiasm, professionalism and confidence.

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Lebanon Valley College Health and Biomedical Sciences Summer Camp

Through lectures and hands-on laboratory investigations in state-of-the-art laboratories, students will be introduced to the fundamentals of molecular biology, pharmacology, immunology, biochemistry and medical ethics.  Students will learn how laboratory science can be translated into improved human health, and they will engage in investigative experiences that will allow them to apply their laboratory skills to real life problems.  In addition, students will interact with practicing professionals in fields such as medicine, physical therapy, toxicology, genetic counseling, and biomedical laboratory research.  The Health and Biomedical Sciences camp will provide a fun, challenging and engaging college environment in which students will develop a deeper understanding of what it means to be a biomedical scientist and health professional.

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Workready Philadelphia

The WorkReady Summer program is available to youth between the ages of 14 and 21. Youth must be at least 14, but not older than 21, on the first day of the WorkReady program. Currently, to qualify you must be a Philadelphia resident, within the age limits listed above, eligible to work in the U.S. and the annual income of your household cannot exceed the amounts listed on the website.

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Community College of Philadelphia Advanced College Experience

Get a head start on college with Community College of Philadelphia’s summer ACE program. ACE, the Advanced College Experience, will provide you with an opportunity you will neverforget! ACE provides college-level courses for highly motivated high school students going into 9th, 10th, 11th or 12th grades.

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The Franklin Institute

There are several exciting summer volunteer opportunities for high school students at The Franklin Institute. Volunteers must be at least 15 years of age.

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Temple University’s Tyler School of Art

Experience making art on a college campus, expand your portfolio, extend your technical know-how, and express yourself through art!  If you are new to the excitement of creating art, many of these quick intense workshops are a fun way to focus on exploring new media and techniques. For students planning to apply to an art school, this is an opportunity to acquire work in a variety of media that is suitable for use in portfolio presentations.

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St. Christopher’s Hospital for Children

Give only a few hours a week or volunteer several days a week. Volunteers may select the work setting they desire: some may work directly with patients, while others may volunteer in a service department that supports patient care.

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Penn State Communications Camps

Explore your interest in journalism, film, or TV news at the Penn State Communications Camps. These hands-on camps can help you gain an understanding of the technical and professional aspects of a career in film or journalism.

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University of Pennsylvania STARTALK

The University of Pennsylvania offers STARTALK high school academies in Urdu and Chinese. These intensive, non-residential summer programs engage students in a wide range of activities and projects designed to immerse students in the host language and increase cultural knowledge.

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University of Pennsylvania Summer Programs Overview

An overview of Penn’s Summer Youth Programs.  Scroll down for high school student programs.

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University of Pennsylvania Engineering Summer Programs

The School of Engineering and Applied Science offers summer classes for high school students.

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The Wistar Institute’s Summer Biomedical Research for High School Students

Wistar’s Summer Fellowship Program in Biomedical Research provides an opportunity for students to enhance their understanding of current biological/biomedical theory and research tools and techniques at a nationally recognized nonprofit research institution.

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Drexel’s LeBow College of Business Summer Institutes

Held at Drexel University’s LeBow College of Business, LeBow Summer Institutes offer an introduction to business education through exceptional summer programs designed for outstanding high school students with an interest in business. LeBow Summer Institutes offer the opportunity to maximize and develop the business and leadership skills sought after by employers and college admissions officers.

Taught by LeBow’s distinguished professors and top practitioners, our programs stress leadership, teamwork, initiative and effective communication. Participants’ skill levels are put to the test in final competitions that showcase their knowledge.

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Duke Talent Identification Program

Duke TIP offers challenging educational adventures to motivated, dedicated, and talented high school students who possess a desire to learn in a unique setting.  Duke TIP Field Studies are two weeks long and take place in U.S. locales or in countries around the world such as China, Costa Rica, and the Netherlands. These authentic academic experiences, similar to college field courses, allow students to take advantage of unique surroundings to fully explore the course material.  Living on the Duke University or New College of Florida campus, students experience college life first-hand. They study college-level material, attend workshops focused on the college admissions process, and live and study within the walls of the Duke or New College campus.

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US Naval Academy’s Summer Science Technology Engineering and Mathematics Program

Summer STEM is designed to encourage rising 8th-11th graders from across the country to pursue a course of study in engineering and technology throughout high school and college.   Click on this link to see highlights from the fun and informative sessions from this past summer.

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The MIT Women’s Technology Program

WTP is a four-week academic and residential program to introduce high school girls to engineering and computer science in the summer between 11th and 12th grade.

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The American Youth Leadership Program

AYLP offers opportunities for American high students and educators to travel abroad on a three- to four-week-long exchange program to gain first-hand knowledge of foreign cultures and to collaborate on solving global issues. Several different organizations implement this program, and each has organized an academic and experiential educational exchange focused on dialogue and debate, leadership development, and community service. Recruitment areas and application deadlines vary, so please check the American Youth Leadership Program website for more information

Andeo International Homestays

What makes ANDEO’s Gap programs stand out is that they are very flexible. They all start with four or more weeks of small-group language classes and a homestay with a local host family. Consider this your ‘landing pad’! From there, you can choose your own path. For example, you can continue with university-level courses on indigenous cultures in Peru, explore your artistic talents in Italy, learn how to surf in Spain, live and work on an organic farm in Japan, or get involved with a community service project in Mexico. Programs can be as short as four weeks or as long as a full year and are available year-round. You may also be able to earn college-credit for your time abroad. This program does cost money, but it offers college credits in return!

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The College of Physicians of Philadelphia’s 2012 Teva Pharmaceuticals Summer Internship

This is a three-week summer internship program that takes place from July 23rd – August 10th, 2012. Students will work five days a week (Monday through Friday) from 10am-4pm (30 hours/week). The stipend is $10.00/hr.  Any rising 11th or 12th grader currently enrolled at a school within the School District of Philadelphia is welcome to apply. All students must obtain a work permit and have a parent or guardian grant permission to participate prior to starting the internship.

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Georgetown University’s Summer Programs

Students can earn college credit or explore a new interest all while experiencing the vibrancy of university life in Washington, D.C.  The programs take students out of the classroom, allowing them to experience the action of Congressional hearings, medical school labs, Pentagon briefings, foreign embassies, Capital Hill offices, prominent government institutions focused on security and intelligence and other exciting Washington, D.C. events.  Courses run from eight days to five weeks during the summer.

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New York University Precollege Summer Program

Students entering their junior or senior year of high school can apply to take college-level courses for credit and experience life as an NYU student. Credit-bearing courses are available in more than 30 subjects to fit every interest and academic need.

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USC/Chevron Frontiers of Energy Resources Summer Camp

This unique program is designed to introduce outstanding high school students going into their senior year and high school math and/or science teachers to the opportunities and career possibilities available in the global energy resources industry.  Individuals who are selected on a competitive basis will attend summer camp without charge.

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Cornell University Summer College Program

Take precollege programs for talented high school students. Experience the excitement of college life, take college courses with renowned faculty, and enjoy an “unforgettable, life-changing summer.”

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Pratt Institute Precollege Summer Program

Every summer, Pratt sponsors a college-level program for high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors at its Brooklyn campus. It is an intensive immersion experience; approximately 400 high school students, ages 16–18, seize the opportunity to experience college-level study in Pratt Institute’s PreCollege program. Students are immersed in a program of art, design, architecture, or creative writing, modeled after Pratt’s undergraduate offerings. Upon completion of the program, students earn four elective college credits.

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The G. John Di Gregorio Summer Science Program

A full-time, 8-week forensic research science program which orients high school students in laboratory practice safety, laboratory skills, and analytical chemistry.  Students are guided through their research by Forensic Science Graduate students from Arcadia University.

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Harvard University Secondary School Program

Alongside college and adult students, you can earn college credit in Harvard courses and explore subjects not available at your high school. You study with distinguished faculty, use state-of-the-art labs, and have access to the largest university library system in the world.

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George Washington University Pre-College Program

This program provides a one-of-a-kind opportunity for high school students to explore academic interests at a top research university.  Our challenging credit and non-credit courses are enriched by the intellectual and cultural resources of Washington, DC and taught by GW faculty and field experts.

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Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week

A one-of-a-kind summer program that offers in-coming high school juniors and seniors a unique and challenging opportunity to see what it is like to run their own business.  Participants will make up an “imaginary” management team where they will learn first-hand about the Free Enterprise System. Their task – turn their failing company into a financial success! They will develop their own marketing strategies, design a website and in essence, make all of the decisions that are demanded of real life company executives. All work and no fun–NO WAY! PFEW provides students with a chance like no other – to experience what it is like to live on a college campus.

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 Telluride Association Sophomore Seminars (TASS)

This summer, thirty-six bright, motivated high school sophomores will participate in one of two challenging six-week college-level courses in African American studies and other fields at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.  Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.  Because we believe that students should have the opportunity to pursue their ideals, we cover all the program costs, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees.

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Telluride Association Summer Programs (TASP)

A six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college.  Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

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Oxbridge Academic Programs – Summer Study Abroad

Summer study abroad programs for 2015 take place in Oxford, Cambridge, Barcelona, Salamanca, Paris, and other locations!  Students can take courses in a variety of academic subjects, including Art History, Law, Psychology, etc.

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 Pennsylvania Camp College

Camp College is an intensive three day/two night workshop designed for 60 rising high school seniors and juniors. Paired with mentors, participants will lean about all aspects of the college search and application process, experience life in the residence halls, learn about financial aid, standardized test exams and have a lot of fun! At the end of Camp College, we expect that the students will be equipped with the tools to navigate the college application process.

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Miami University

The Summer Scholars Program provides a rich, early college experience for academically-talented rising high school juniors and seniors from across the globe. Students will join an engaged community of learners for an intense, two-week program in which they do the following: Participate in challenging, immersive academic modules centered on a specific topic or area of interest, learn alongside leading faculty and professional experts, attend special workshops on topics such as the college admission process and financial assistance, and much more!

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Cleveland Institute of Art Pre-College Program

CIA’s Pre-College program offers students who are considering a college of art and design and opportunity to participate in one of eleven programs in topics such as Animation, Game Design, Glassblowing, Illustration, and much more.  The two-week program is open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors.  Successful completion of the program will provide students with three college credits.

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HOBY State Leadership Seminar

For high school seniors to recognize and develop their leadership skills, become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school and community, 3-4 day dynamic leadership training, learn how to lead & have a life changing experience! June 24-June 26 at Villanova University.

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Northfield Mount Hermon College Prep Program

For students entering grades 10-12. July 2- August 6, 2016.

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