Summer Programs for HS Students

March 5, 2010

Dear Youth,

Please don’t be intimidated by the famous names of these schools. You are as excellent a candidate as you believe.  Believe in yourself, submit the applications, and wait for what happens.  Recently, I was given that advice regarding applying to top graduate schools, and when I thought it over, it made a lot of sense.  If you never apply – you’ll never get in.  Only when you put your application in will you be considered and potentially accepted.  So go for it! And let me know how it goes.

Wishing you the best,
– Resident Planning Geek

ps. I’ve written another post listing summer programs for HS students nationwide. Read it here.


Princeton University announces its Summer Journalism Program

Program for low-income sophomores or juniors with at least a 3.5 GPA (on a 4.0
scale) who have an interest in journalism. The cost is free
including travel costs to and from
Apply now!
(Select this link)
The deadline has been extended to February 20, 2009 (11:59 p.m.).

To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications:

  • – You must currently be a junior in high school.
  • – You must live in the continental United States.
  • – You must have at least an unweighted 3.5 grade point average (out of 4.0).
  • – You must have an interest in journalism.

This update sent out by: Corresponding Secretary, Ironbound Super Neighborhood Council


Morehouse College announces its Summer Program

Article: “15 students become a man of Morehouse for a day.

“PROJECT IDENTITY is a federally funded program designed to stimulate interest in college attendance and the awareness of college entrance requirements for African-American and other minority males attending middle school.”

  • Saturday Institute – bi – weekly program
  • Summer Institute – 4 week on – campus program.  “The curriculum consists of algebra II and pre-calculus, argumentation and debate, creative writing, leadership development and SAT preparation. Participants are taught by college faculty and paired with student tutors and mentors.  Enrichment activities include round table discussions on various subjects relating to college life and everyday life experiences.”

To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications/requirements:

  • You must be a rising high school sophomore and junior African American male
  • Program open to in-state and out-of state students
  • You should have an A or B average with some accelerated level coursework.
  • You must have taken the PSAT or SAT.
  • You must present two letters of recommendation.

This update sent out by: The City of Newark’s Net Watcher


Junior Statesman Summer School

  • With programs at four of the most prestigious universities in the world, Georgetown, Yale, Stanford and Princeton, the Junior Statesmen Summer School provide an advanced college curriculum, dynamic skills based  leadership activities, and interactive sessions with prominent politicians, journalists, academicians and other opinion leaders.
  • “Each Summer School course is equivalent to a one-semester, high school honors or AP course, except AP U.S. History, which is a two-semester high school course.  U.S. Government, for example, is designed as a one-semester Advanced Placement course.  Required Government and History assignments include three essay examinations and a 12-15 page research paper.  Research is supervised by the faculty and requires extensive use of library facilities.  Assignments in the Speech Communication Course and Leadership and Public Service course include three to four prepared and several impromptu speeches.  Students construct and submit for review a full-sentence outline for each prepared speech.  Faculty provide feedback through both written and oral critiques” (rest of document)

To apply for the program, you must meet the following qualifications/requirements:

  • You must be a rising high school sophomore or  junior– rising freshmen have a separate program: Freshman scholars
  • Program open to in-state and out-of state students
  • Program is competitive – transcript, essay, and recommendation


JSA summer school attendees : blog entries


Junior Statesman symposia

  • Arizona Symposium on Leadership and Politics
  • California Symposium on Politics and the Green Economy
  • Pacific Northwest Symposium on Politics and the Green Economy
  • Texas Symposium on Politics and Presidential Leadership
  • Northeast Symposium on National Security
  • Great Lakes Symposium on Globalization and Technological Change
  • “Explore today’s pressing policy challenges with the decision makers who are shaping the future. Gain the knowledge and skills to impact the issues that affect you the most. Junior Statesmen Symposia create an interactive learning environment with elected officials, policy makers, business leaders, journalists, lobbyists and others. You’ll gain an understanding of how government works and learn how you can get involved all while sharing opinions and solutions with other high school students during experiential activities. Join other politically aware and active students at these 3 or 4 day political Symposium programs.”  (select for additional info)
  • Call the organization at (800)334 5353

© 2010 W. S. Hughes


2 Comments Add yours

  1. doctoralissa says:

    What an interesting blog. I’m reading from my phone so I can only read a bit right now. Does it have a high school focus throughout? I think that’s valuable! I like the idea of young people thinking more about their communities.

  2. updated 12.5.09 Thank you Dr. Alissa – I’ve always wanted to do something like this, and I’m grateful that I’m at a time in my life where a project like this is feasible. It’s exciting shaping the development of this site. I don’t want to just say to HS students that it’s possible to excel, I want to pinpoint how it’s possible, provide encouragement, and, in the process overall community building support for Maplewood. – w

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