Duke Summer Academy

Duke Summer Academy  believes that while learning, students can change the world. Students are invited to spend the summer at Duke’s Global Giver Academy and become a bona fide philanthropist.  Students will have the opportunity not only to learn the ins and outs of philanthropy by earning community service hours at local charities, but also the chance to engage in advocacy firsthand.  As an acting “board member” of a local charity, you will make a case of for your favorite organization and have the opportunity to benefit it in a huge way.  The most compelling team will win $500 for their charity, receive a special certificate of achievement, and, most importantly, know that they made a real difference for the local community.

Enroll in Global Entrepreneur Academy and gain critical business, marketing, and strategy skills to develop real startup ventures.  Students will have the chance to pitch their own ideas at the conclusion of the Academy and win awards for the best new startups.

  • First Prize: $250
  • Second Prize: $150
  • Third Prize: $100

Sewanee Young Writer’s Conference

The Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference at the University of the South is just the place for young aspiring authors, poets, and playwrights. Application review will begin on February 27th, 2017.

For 23 years now the Conference—ranked as one of the top five such programs in the country—has played host to young writers ready to polish and perfect their literary work.The summer session runs July 2nd – 15th on the University of of the South campus in Sewanee TN. Participants are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade writers. For more information or to apply, please visit  http://www5.sewanee.edu/ywc/



Foundation for LPS Scholarships

Seniors are reminded that the Foundation for LPS Scholarship process will be  finishing up its 2017 online scholarship process February 23rd. As a reminder,  ALL applicants will need to provide three recommendations. Some scholarships do have specific requirements such as, one recommendation must be from a counselor, one from a community leader, etc. The list of scholarships with special requirements can be found under the ‘requests’ icon on home dashboard. Students will not be able to complete their dashboard (100%) without completing the requests section.
This year,  Foundation for LPS will offer 7 awards through the Robert Carstens Scholarship. This scholarship can truly be a life-changing experience, $10,000 for four years. For more information, please visit http://www.foundationforlps.org/our-community/students/foundation-scholarships-splash.html for more information and to apply.

University of Pittsburgh’s The Bridge: College Prep & Leadership Academy

For the past three summers, high school students from across the country have strengthened their leadership skills and gained a competitive edge in the college application process through Pitt’s The Bridge: College Prep & Leadership Academy week-long program.

Students will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience life in a college residence hall and enjoy Pittsburgh area attractions
  • Establish an action plan for applying to as well as choosing the right college
  • Create a personal statement
  • Discover tactics for a positive college admission interview
  • Prepare to take college admissions standardized tests (we have partnered with The Princeton Review to provide SAT/ACT test preparation and a practice test)
  • Engage in a week of fun and new friendships!
The Bridge week-long Academy will be offered at the special rate of $700 until Thursday, March 2, 2017. If you have questions, please call 412-648-7831 or send emails to  PittBridge@pitt.edu. To register, please visit click here or visit https://www.regonline.com/builder/site/?eventid=1929067.

Kaplan’s Free ACT/SAT Prep

On Sunday, March 5th from 12pm-6pm, Kaplan will be hosting free, nonstop, Live Online prep sessions to help students get ready for the SAT on March 11th.  Instructors will train students on a different section of the SAT every hour, so students can join in at any time throughout the event. For more information and to sign up for this free event, students will need to visit www.kaptest.com/Prepathon to register for this event.

Students are encouraged to visit Kaplan’s free online practice resource hub for the SAT and ACT! Each quiz or test taken by students is an opportunity to give back. Students will have the opportunity to take a free SAT or ACT pop quiz, 20-minute practice, or full proctored practice test online. When students practice with Kaplan, they will donate scholarships to The Boys & Girls Clubs of America.  To sign up for this event, students will need to go to http://ktp.events/dalaustonio




Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

Students interested in participating in the Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars program are reminded they have until March 1st to submit their application. For more information and to apply, please visit http://apply.joyceivyfoundation.org/.


Please read the following instructions before starting your application and let us know if you have any questions.

  • Eligibility: Applicants must be 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 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2017. Occasionally, an exceptional rising 10th grader is selected as a Summer Scholar. Past Summer Scholars, who used their scholarships, are not eligible to apply again for another scholarship.
  • Summer Program Partners: Joyce Ivy works with a set of college summer program partners. Scholarships may be used at at certain summer academic programs at Barnard, Brown, Cornell, Emory, Harvard, Johns Hopkins, MIT, Smith, Stanford, Yale, and Washington University in St. Louis. Please see the supported Summer Programs section for more information on these programs. Missouri students may not use their scholarship to remain in-state at Washington University in St. Louis.
  • All components of your application must be received before it will be reviewed.
  • You must also apply directly to the summer program(s) for admission and financial aid. Make sure to identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant. Your application will not be considered complete unless proof of application to your summer program(s) and their financial aid program is received.
    • If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. 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.

Student Application

Step 1. Make sure that the summer program you are interested in attending is a Joyce Ivy Foundation partner and listed among its supported program. Scholarships are not provided for all programs at partner institutions; for example, a 1-week program is not eligible.

Step 2. Complete the Joyce Ivy application and essays online. If you are not able to complete the application online, you may submit it via email or fax:

Fax: (734) 661-0229

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 or Coalition 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 may upload screenshots if you are completing the application online.

Note: Don’t forget that you must also apply directly to the summer program(s) of your choice for admission and, in some cases, financial aid. Check with the programs for important deadlines and requirements. If you are applying to Brown, you do not need to apply for financial aid. Make sure you identify yourself as a Joyce Ivy applicant on your summer program applications.

Step 4. Forward the confirmation email and link from the Joyce Ivy Foundation to your 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.

  • One (1) letter of recommendation. This may be the same recommendation letter(s) submitted with your summer program application(s). 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.


All application materials must be received by March 1, 2017.