Game Plan Challenge

Students can enter the GAME PLAN CHALLENGE with a video, social media or print campaign to motivate other teens to balance gaming in their lives for a chance to win exciting Hard Rock merchandise!


13 to 18-year-old U.S. residents (including D.C.). Individual and team (2–4 members) entries accepted.


October 29, 2019 through January 3, 2020


Create a video, social media or print campaign that informs teens of the realities and the risks in video gaming. Creatively illustrate ways to maintain safe habits and to understand the risks of problem behavior with gaming and gambling.

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Lehigh University Launch

Lehigh University has announced a unique experiential opportunity for students entering in Fall 2020. Lehigh Launch, an integrative, inquiry-based learning experience for intellectually curious and independent learners, takes students to the American West or Ecuador for an immersive first-semester experience before their arrival on Lehigh’s Bethlehem, Pa. campus in Spring 2021.

Lehigh Launch is open to students of any major who wish to develop leadership skills through a challenging, hands-on and somewhat unconventional first semester of college. Led by Lehigh faculty and staff, the program combines classroom- and field-based experiences in a living-learning community where you will explore some of the world’s most exciting regions while taking four courses and earning 16 credit hours toward your degree. The American West option includes backpacking and canoeing expeditions with the National Outdoor Leadership School (NOLS) and the Ecuador option takes students to the Amazon rainforest and the Galapagos Islands.

Interested students who like the idea of starting their college career with a different kind of adventure, are invited to view the website by clicking here. Students can begin to apply to Lehigh Launch through their Lehigh Portal on January 1, 2020.

Texas Tech Updates

Below are updates from Texas Tech University:

  • Admitted students can now register for Red Raider Orientation and reserve campus housing for next academic year.

Red Raider Orientation

University Student Housing

  • This on-campus event is held specifically for admitted Seniors. Students can register for Connect Tech today!

  • Students who are denied admission or waitlisted are qualified to participate in the Summer Gateway Program. Successful completion of this program grants students full admission to Texas Tech for the fall semester. Learn more here.

Dual Degree Program: Tel Aviv University & Columbia university

There is a new Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University. The Program builds upon the success of Columbia’s Dual BA Programs with Sciences Po in France, now in its ninth year, and with Trinity College Dublin, now in its second year.

Students enrolled in the Dual Degree Program between Tel Aviv University and Columbia University begin their college educations in one of six academic tracks in Israel, where they undertake the intensive undergraduate curriculum at TAU, one of Israel’s most distinguished institutions of higher education. After two years in Tel Aviv, students matriculate at Columbia, where they complete the requirements for a major and fulfill the Columbia Core Curriculum featuring a variety of disciplines, including literature, art, music, science, and the humanities. Upon completion of the Program, students graduate with two bachelor’s degrees, one each from Tel Aviv University and Columbia. For more information about TAU, Columbia, and the Dual Degree Program, please visit the Program website.

Students apply using an online application by February 3, 2020, for fall 2020 enrollment. For admissions requirements please visit the Program website. Students with a strong interest in a global approach to language and culture and a desire for an innovative, nontraditional college experience that combines the academic rigor of two world-renowned universities should consider the Dual Degree Program.

Interested students should review the Dual Degree Program website and the Columbia College/Columbia Engineering admissions website and contact Columbia with any questions they may have at (Dual Degree Program) or (Columbia College/Columbia Engineering).

Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program

The Joyce Ivy Foundation Summer Scholars Program  provides scholarships for talented female high school students to participate in a summer academic program at one of its partner programs – some of the most rigorous and selective colleges and universities in the country.

  • Barnard
  • Brown
  • Cornell
  • Emory
  • Harvard
  • John Hopkins
  • MIT
  • Smith
  • Stanford
  • Wash U

Scholars receive a full or partial scholarships, based on demonstrated financial need, to cover tuition, room and board, travel expenses, and supplies. The Joyce Ivy Foundation works directly with our set of program partners to combine Joyce Ivy scholarships with additional financial aid provided by the summer program. Click here to apply online.

The benefits:

  • Exposure to a diverse array of peers
  • Exposure to a broader range of college options
  • Development of leadership skills
  • Academic and intellectual growth
  • Greater self-confidence
  • Scholars describe the experience as transformative.

Summer Scholars may use their scholarship to participate in certain summer academic programs at our partner colleges and universities. Courses are two-weeks or longer in length, and in some cases students are eligible to receive college credit. In most cases, Scholars receive financial aid from the Joyce Ivy Foundation and a partner scholarship from the summer program. Scholarships are based on merit and financial need.


Female high school student in Michigan, Ohio, Nebraska, Missouri, Minnesota, North Dakota or South Dakota, who is also attending high school in one of these seven states. Academically high-achieving student who will be entering 11th or 12th grade in Fall 2020. 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.


December 8, 2019                         2020 application available online
March 1, 2020                                 Application deadline
Late March 2020                            Decisions sent
April 22, 2020                                  Scholarship reply deadline

Summer Scholars applicants must also apply directly to our summer program partners for admission  financial aid. Please check our partners’ sites for deadlines.

Scholarship Workshops

LSW Class of 2020: The Counseling Center will be offering a workshop on the Buffett Scholarship next WednesdayDecember 11th, after school in the A118 Forum. We will give an overview of the application, provide tips as well as pitfalls to completing the application, as well as help students to determine their eligibility for the scholarship. Sign-up is available online on the Class of 2020 Google Classroom, as well as a sign-up sheet in C101.

We will also be offering a more general, non-Buffett Scholarship workshop the following day, December 12th, also after school. This would be an excellent time to get help with your resume, specific application questions, essay writing, etc., all before break (an excellent time to get to work on these things, by the way). Sign-up is also available on the Google Classroom for the Class of 2020 and in C101! Both sessions should be done by around 4p.

College tours are a great way to learn more about a college no matter what point in the application process students are in. A college visit can give students a first-hand experience that will ultimately help them narrow down their choices and find the perfect school for them. The College Tour Checklist guides listed below can be helpful when planning campus visits;

Eugene McDermott Scholars Program

Students applying to The Eugene McDermott Scholars Program at The University of Texas at Dallas are reminded that applications, recommendations, and transcripts can be submitted to the McDermott Scholars Program through Thursday, Dec. 12, 2019. Only complete applications with three recommendations and a submitted academic transcript will be considered. For questions or more information, please contact 972-883-4610 or if you have any questions.

Susan Thompson Buffett Scholarship Workshop

The Susan Thompson Buffet Workshop will be held n Wednesday, December 11th @ 3:15p, A118 Forum.

Interested students should sign up online (check the Class of 2020 Google Classroom) or in the Counseling Center by December 10th, and are encouraged to bring their parents’ 2018 tax information (paper forms or photos of the first two pages) to determine eligibility. Applications are due February 1st, so get some tips from the pros! If you have questions, contact Mr. Peterson in the Counseling Center.

Duke University Summer Session 2020

Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis, so students will receive a decision within a few weeks by applying today. Students can apply for multiple programs with one application! Applications for Duke University Summer Session 2020 are open NOW! Click on one of the links below to apply to your program of interest: