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Leadership, Enrichment and Summer Programs

    Art & Design

    Savannah College of Art and Design– various competitions for high school juniors and seniors resulting in widespread display of work and possible scholarships.
    SCAD Summer Programs

    Design Discovery Workshop– offered by the Mississippi State Univ. College of Architecture, Art + Design. The 8 day program Includes: room+board in dorms; supplies; films; lectures; hands-on instruction and workshops w/ senior architecture faculty and architecture students. Projects range from: small site installation/constructions to furniture to residential-scaled projects (using small models and drawings) while engaging in drawing/sketching/modeling exercises. No prior experience or knowledge is required.Open to high school students 16 – 18 (older students are also welcome).

    Career Exploration

    Pathways– is a program sponsored by the U.S. Office of Personnel Management offering summer intern jobs for high school students to explore Federal careers.

    Mississippi Boys State– sponsored by the American Legion, this week long program allows rising juniors to experience the inner workings of local and state government by doing the job themselves.

    College Credit

    Summer College for High School Students- Ole Miss offers this program to academically superior rising sophomores and juniors – college credits, cultural activities, and a taste of college life.


    The Student Conservation Association- If you are currently in high school, between 15 and 19, and looking for tuition-free opportunities to serve planet earth, SCA’s National Conservation Crews are for you. As a successful applicant, you can contribute to sustaining the earth’s bountiful resources for two-five weeks during the summer. With a group of 6-8 students and two experienced leaders, you’ll sleep under the stars and connect to the land in ways you never thought possible.

    Alabama Forestry Camp– for only a $25 registration fee, ‑ a 5 day experience for rising 9th – 11th graders to learn about the importance of conservation and natural resources. It is designed to teach basic forestry concepts through classroom instruction and outdoor activities, with the outdoors being the main classroom. Applicants do not have to be Alabama residents.
    Forestry Camp

    International Studies

     Croft Institute for International Studies- exciting opportunities for high achieving entering freshmen at the University of Mississippi.
    Croft Institute


    Southern Mississippi High School Journalism Workshop– a free, one week opportunity offered by the Univ. of Sou. Miss. for rising 10th – 12th graders to work with journalism professionals and faculty to produce a newspaper, television, and radio news program and web site.
    USM Journalism


    People to People Leadership Program– provides educational travel experience for students and professionals who want to change their world for the better. People to People promotes peace through understanding by giving students access to people and places beyond compare.
    People to People

    The Congressional Youth Leadership Council– CYLC offers educational leadership conferences for an elite group of outstanding young people from across the country and around the world, whose nomination provides them with unmatched enrichment opportunities in a distinguished academic environment. Our programs are designed to inspire outstanding youth to reach their full leadership potential while experiencing the nation and the world from a perspective unlike any other.) –

    United States Senate Youth Program– only 2 juniors or seniors from each of the 50 states are selected for this very competitive one week program in early March. Selection is based on the student’s outstanding abilities and demonstrated qualities of leadership in an elected or appointed high school student office. $5,000 college scholarships are awarded to participants.)
    Senate Youth Program

    The Robertson Scholars Program– the resources of two renowned universities – Duke and the University of North Carolina. The benefit of three unique summer experiences; the advantage of individual mentoring and coaching; a community of hundreds of fellow scholars; the promise of thousands of opportunities for personal leadership development. The Robertson Scholars Program is more than a scholarship; it is a passage to endless possibilities. For graduating seniors.
    Robertson Scholars

    Lott Leadership Institute one month program at Ole Miss affording rising juniors opportunities to mingle with college administrators, student leaders, and community leaders while participating in current event debates, discussions, and decision-making activities. The program culminates with a one-week trip to Washington, D.C., during which the participants see the federal government in action, hear from national leaders, and tour the nation’s Capital.
    Lott Leadership Institute

    Notre Dame Summer Programs– Notre Dame’s Pre-College Programs for rising sophomores and juniors offer inspiring summer opportunities for exceptional students, including an all-expense paid Leadership Seminar for select rising juniors.  Pre-College Programs

    Mississippi Governor’s School– is designed to provide academic, creative and leadership experiences for a select number of rising high school juniors and seniors who have demonstrated exceptional ability and achievement in their studies and who show high intellectual, creative, and leadership potential.
    Mississippi Governor’s School

    Hearin High School Leadership Conference– held at the Mississippi University for Women affords seniors the opportunity to discover how to influence others and make a difference through exciting, interactive workshops from a nationally known facilitator. A weekend full of activities and entertainment will allow you the opportunity to interact with other future leaders from across the Southeast.
    Hearin Leadership

    Summer Youth Institute– is a FREE 9-day experience co-sponsored by the William Winter Institute for Racial Reconciliation and the Medgar and Myrlie Evers Institute. Bringing together rising high school sophomores and juniors,students currently in their freshman and sophomore years, the Institute provides training in leadership and community building as well as civil rights history. It includes workshops and field trips and provides tools to participants so that they can support local community improvement. At the end of the Institute, students go back to their communities and continue to work with the Winter Institute on joint projects throughout the year.
    William Winter Institute

    The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies– various educational and leadership programs offered at the center on the campus of the University of Southern Mississippi.
    Karnes Center for Gifted Studies

    University of Mississippi Summer Programs – Ole Miss offers many amazing summer programs for students that range from the ABCs of Code-writing to Youth Naturalist Camps. 
    Ole Miss Summer Programs

    Science & Engineering

    The Science and Engineering Apprentice Program (SEAP)– The Office of Naval Research oversees the American Society for Engineering Education (ASEE) which administers SEAP. This program pays a nice stipend ($400 – $450 per week) and offers research internships for rising freshmen and above interested in science or engineering.

    Bagley College of Engineering Summer Bridge Program– is a five week session at Mississippi State University designed to assist minority students cultivate relationships within their freshmen class and throughout the university. In addition, they will have the opportunity to “jump start” their academic career and gain the skills necessary to excel in their engineering major.
    MSU Summer Bridge Program

    Alaska Summer Research Academy– minds-on learning and exploration of science, technology, engineering and mathematics, with a great course line-up for rising freshmen and above Financial aid is available.
    Summer Research Academy

    Rural Medical Scholars Program– free for 5 weeks this summer, academically talented rising juniors with minimum ACT score of 25 (composite) can explore the field of rural medicine at Mississippi State University.
    Rural Scholars Program

    Please see your Guidance Counselor for many more opportunities and up-to-date programmatic information and registration deadlines.