Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program is available to female high school students in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota. Summer Scholars are academically high-achieving students who will be entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grade in Fall 2016. Most Summer Scholars will be entering 11th or 12th grade. More information is available at

  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholarships support select summer academic experiences at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Students from Missouri are not eligible for Joyce Ivy scholarships to remain in-state to attend Washington University in St. Louis. Please see our supported Summer Programs section for more information on these programs.
  • We are able to review your application after all components have been received.
  • You must also apply directly to the summer program(s) for admission and financial aid. Your application will not be considered complete unless we receive proof of application to your summer program(s) and their financial aid program.
    • If you are applying to Harvard, please upload confirmation of your financial aid application completion (or forward it to us at as soon as you have applied and we will attach it to the rest of your file at that time. You are still required to apply to Harvard for financial aid even though their financial aid application opens after the Joyce Ivy application deadline.
    • If you are applying to Brown and/or the Harvard Pre-College (2 week) program, you do not need to apply for financial aid directly with these programs. It is Brown’s policy that students who are being considered for a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner scholarship may not also apply for a Dean’s Scholarship.
  • If you have previously attended a pre-college summer program with a scholarship from the Joyce Ivy Foundation, you are not eligible to apply again.

Student Application

Step 1. Make sure that the summer program you are interested in attending is one that the Joyce Ivy Foundation partners with and is listed among our supported programs. We do not provide scholarships for all programs at partner institutions; for example, a 1-week program is not eligible. Not sure if your program is supported? Check the list.

Step 2. Complete the student application and essays online. If you are not able to complete the application online, you may submit it via email, fax or mail:
Fax: (734) 661-0229
The Joyce Ivy Foundation
Summer Scholars Program Application
PO Box 2396
Ann Arbor, MI 48106

Tip: We are able to begin reviewing your application much more quickly if you send it to us electronically (online, email, fax).

Student Application Checklist

  • Joyce Ivy Foundation Student Application Sections
  • An essay of no more than 200 words describing how participation in a summer program may stretch your comfort zone.
  • An essay of no more than 650 words on one of the topics from the Common Application for college.

Step 3. Once you submit your Joyce Ivy application, you will receive a confirmation email with a hyperlink for submitting additional documents and materials. Save the e-mail and link. You will use this link to submit the following additional application materials:

  • Copies of your parent/guardian’s tax returns for prior two (2) years (first two pages of 1040 only).
  • Copies of PSAT, SAT and/or PLAN, ACT test scores, if you’ve taken any of these tests.
  • Copies of all financial aid application(s) submitted to the college summer program(s) you are applying to, along with any other scholarships or funding sources to which you have also applied.

Note: Please send single-sided materials only and do not use staples.

Note: Don’t forget that you must also apply directly to the pre-college summer program of your choice. Deadlines for financial aid vary by program. The Joyce Ivy Foundation cannot forward financial aid applications, so you should only send us a copy of your financial aid forms. If you are applying to Brown and/or the Harvard Pre-College (2 week) program, you do not need to apply for financial aid directly with these programs.

Step 4. You should forward the confirmation email and application link from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to your guidance counselor and ask him or her to submit the following materials using the link. If it is not possible for your counselor to submit these pieces of your application via the link, he or she may submit them via fax or email or — if none of the previous options are available — mail.

  • One (1) letter of recommendation. This may be the same recommendation letter(s) submitted with your pre-college summer program application(s) to colleges/universities. This may be from a counselor or teacher and should be approximately one-page in length, outlining your strengths as a student and community member/leader, as well as your potential as a summer program participant.
  • Official academic transcript(s) from your high school.

Note: Please send single-sided materials only and do not use staples.


All application materials must be received by March 1, 2016.

Nebraska Center for Materials & Nanoscience (NSMN) Internship Program

The Nebraska Center for Materials and Nanoscience (NCMN) is offering a high school internship program for 8-10weeks this summer where students will receive guidance and training in experimental and theoretical techniques in STEM labs at UNL. Additional information is as follows:

  • Get paid to do research in a UNL Physics or Engineering lab for 8-10 weeks
  • Starting Date: June 6, 2016
  • Salary: $9.00per hours
  • 20 hours per week
  • Monday – Friday (Sometime between 8 am & 5 pm)
  • Final report (poster format) required at end of program
  • No prior experience necessary
  • Must be 16 or older as of June 6, 2016
  • Must not be a high school graduate
  • US citizen
  • Applications and Recommendations Due: April 1, 2016

Access application and attach resume at:

Person writing reference letter must complete info & attach letter at



Constance K. Rife Scholarship

The Constance K. Rife Scholarship is a $1,000 single payment award made directly to the scholarship recipient.  To be eligible to apply for this scholarship, applicants must be female, a senior in high school, currently enrolled in high school, and an active member of a Nebraska School Activities Association recognized high school golf team.  All qualified applicants must have a cumulative grade point average of 3.0 (based on a 4.0 scale) at the time the application is submitted, and must be qualified for admission to a school, college, or university for full-time academic or technical courses.

Applicants are required to submit:

A completed 2016 application available at
A letter of recommendation from a teacher or school counselor

2016 marks the seventh year the scholarship is being offered.   Application forms are available via the link above and remain online until the postmark deadline date of Friday March 18, 2016.  The scholarship will be awarded in the Spring of 2016 and funds will be distributed upon verification of enrollment.  Should you have any questions or need additional information at this time please email your requests to

Bright Lights Classroom Assistant

Applications are being accepted at starting March 15th for students interested in becoming classroom assistants this summer.

  • Open to high school & college students
  • Weeks available: June 6-10, June 13-17, June 20-24, June 27-July 1, July 11-15
  • Hours: Morning * 8:45-12:15, Afternoon * 12:45-4:15
  • Attend orientation meetings & help teacher on set up day
  • Classes located at Holmes Elementar (5230 Sumner St) & other community sites