2019 Free Summer Programs for High School Students

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Summer’s coming! It’s the perfect time for high schoolers to explore new interests or learn more about a current interest. Not to mention, pursuing learning opportunities over the summer doesn’t look bad on the resume. Here are some amazing, free summer opportunities for you high schooler. Make sure you pay attention to the deadlines!

Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement

The Annenberg Youth Academy for Media and Civic Engagement is a four-week summer intensive academy for 26 talented high school students from the communities surrounding the USC University Park and Health Science Campuses. Students are exposed to the equivalent of first-year college-level courses and develop a rich conceptual understanding and practice of the necessary role that media communications and journalism play in fashioning civic-minded thought leaders and innovators. The program is non-residential.

Deadline to apply is March 22, 2019.

Business Opportunities Summer Session (BOSS) @ Penn State

BOSS is a two-week residential program for high school students interested in pursuing a business education in college. It’s an opportunity for these students to take college prep and business fundamentals courses taught by Penn State faculty. Participants will also get a glimpse of what college life is like by living in residence halls during their two-week stay on Penn State’s University Park campus. The cost is $50 and a scholarships are available.

Deadline to apply is April 1, 2019.

Carnegie Mellon University Summer Opportunities for Access and Inclusion

Their summer programs provide rising juniors and seniors with the opportunity to focus on creativity and problem solving, in a supportive, challenging environment, which provide building blocks for future study in a rigorous college setting. Course selection includes STEM, Fine Arts, Artificial Intelligence Field and more! There will be no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend these programs. 

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

Cornell University Curie Academy

Curie Academy is a one-week residential program for high school girls who excel in math and science. Rising seniors (class of 2020) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first generation college students meeting the requirements below will automatically be considered for a full tuition waiver for the 2019 CURIE Academy.

Deadline to apply is March 1, 2019.

Inspiring Girls Expeditions

Inspiring Girls Expeditions offer tuition-free wilderness science expeditions in Alaska, Switzerland, Canada and other locales, for young women. Each year they select expedition teams of 8-9 teenage girls and 3 instructors to spend 12 days exploring and learning about a remote wilderness environment. Through scientific field studies with their team of professional scientists, artists, and wilderness guides, girls will build critical thinking skills, gain self-confidence, and make lasting friendships.

Deadline to to start your application is February 1, 2019.

Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science (MITES)

This six-week program provides students with the opportunity to live on MIT’s campus while they are taking five courses (physics, calculus, life science, humanities and a STEM elective), each with homework assignments and exams. During the program, students will also participate in social events and build a community with their peers. All educational, food and boarding costs are generously covered by our funders. Students only pay for transportation to and from MIT.

Deadline to apply is February 1, 2019.

Pomona College Academy for Youth Success (PAYS)

PAYS offers 90 local high school students the opportunity to engage in a combination of courses, cultural events, workshops, projects and field trips during the intensive 4-week, residential program as well as throughout the academic year. Pomona College covers all costs including housing, food, activities, and transportation to field trips. Students will only be required to bring basic school supplies, such as pencils and paper. 

Deadline to apply is February 22, 2019.

Princeton Summer Journalism Program

PSJP offers students from historically underrepresented backgrounds with an interest in journalism a 10-day summer program where they expose students to the range of opportunities available in the field of journalism, introduce them to the basic skills they need to report for their own newspaper and produce a short documentary, take them to visit major news outlets in NYC, and present different perspectives about the kinds of post-secondary preparation required for the work. They pay for all travel, lodging, food, and supplies during the summer program, although students are encouraged to bring spending money for souvenirs or treats off-campus.

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.

Sadie Nash Summer Institute

Summer Institute is an award-winning 6-week summer program for self-identified young women currently attending high school in the New York/Newark, NJ area. All participants receive a weekly stipend and unlimited Metrocard. The program includes social justice classes, field trips, workshops, and meeting women leaders.

Applications will be available later in January.

USC Bovard Scholars

USC Bovard Scholars offers a three-week summer residency on the USC campus where students will experience college life first-hand. After the summer program ends, students will work with a dedicated admissions coach throughout their college application process. The program is at no cost to students or families.  USC will pay for transportation to and from campus for students coming from outside of Southern California.

Deadline to apply is February 15, 2019.




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