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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.

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).
Deadline 6/1/14

Ohr-O’Keefe Museum of Art Teen Digital Design CampFor those interested in the world of digital media, a career in art, or alumnae of Mud Daubers Camp! 15-18 year old talented artists, computer nerds, or just creative thinkers – join our Digital Design Camp. Cost of camp is $150; Museum members receive a 10% discount. July 26th-30th
Hours: 9am – 4pm
Deadline 7/20/14

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.

Zoom into Careers– Southeastern Louisiana University is proud to offer a series of exciting career workshops for junior high and high school students. In our hands-on courses, participants explore a career and gain knowledge of the competencies required to succeed in their field of interest. These summer workshops will introduce students to career opportunities available in Louisiana and compatible higher education programs within Southeaster’s college curriculum.
Deadline 4/27/14

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.
Deadline 5/13/14

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.
Deadline 5/15/14

International Studies

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


Louisiana Scholastic Journalism Institute– provides an intensive one-week journalism training program for high school sophomores, juniors and seniors. Sponsored by LSU’s Manship School of Mass Communication, LSJI’s mission is to provide students with the skills needed to produce top-notch scholastic media, including newspapers, broadcast, yearbooks and multi-media.
Deadline 5/4/14

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.
Deadline 5/14/14


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.

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.)
Deadline 9/30/13

Very Best in Youth Programsponsored by the Nestle’ corporation, this is a recognition and leadership development program for 13 – 18 yr. olds.
Deadline 11/1/13

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.
Deadline 12/31/13

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.
Deadline 1/15/14

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.
Deadline 1/15/14

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.
Deadline 1/18/14

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.
Deadline 1/25/14

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.
Deadline 3/15/14

The Frances A. Karnes Center for Gifted Studies– various educational and leadership programs offered at the center on the campus of the Univ. of Southern Mississippi.
Deadline 3/31/14 – 4/30/14

Student Leaders in Service Program– a week-long residential program at Birmingham-Southern College for rising Seniors aimed a developing leadership and service in high school students).
Deadline 4/15/14

Apex Leadership Summit– a free, 3 day program at Ole Miss for rising juniors focusing on leadership development, team building, and sessions covering ethics and social responsibility.
Deadline 4/26/14

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.
Deadline 1/6/14

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.
Deadline 2/8/14

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.
Deadline 2/28/14, or

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.
Deadline 3/22/14

Days of Intrigue: An Intelligence Case Study– offers an unparalleled opportunity for you to experience what it’s like to be an intelligence analyst. This program is developed yearly by the Ole Miss Center for Intelligence and Security Studies, with involvement from national intelligence agencies. The exercise simulates the experience of being an analyst in the intelligence community.
Deadline 4/30/14