Opportunities for Students

    Tar Heel Girls State

    American Legion Auxiliary Tar Heel Girls State is a week long workshop in the legislative process sponsored by the North Carolina American Legion Auxiliary. North Carolina's program is the longest continuously-running Girls State program in the United States. For a week in June, approximately 250 of North Carolina's most promising rising high school senior girls from every part of the state come together to learn about and  participate in various parts of government. In the following pages, you will see different parts of the program and be linked to other web sites to learn more about North Carolina's and the United States's government.

    1. Must be a rising senior in high school and at least 16 years of age.
    2. Must be a citizen of the United States or a legal resident with a valid green card.
    3. Must be in the upper 1/3 of her class.
    4. Must be sponsored by an American Legion Auxiliary or Post.
    5. Tuition is $400, non-refundable after April 1.
    6. Must have an interest in government and the political process.
    79th session of Tar Heel Girls State will be the held on the campus of Catawba College in Salisbury, NC. The session will start on Sunday, June 10, 2018 and end on Saturday, June 16, 2018.

     If you meet the above listed eligibility requirements, please see Mrs. Carpino in Student Services for an application or email her at lcarpino@wcpss.net by March 15, 2018.

    For more info, you may visit: http://www.thgs.com/


    Splash UNC is an educational enrichment program that allows over one thousand high school students to take classes on the UNC-Chapel Hill campus created and taught by Carolina students. Classes include a variety of interesting topics ranging from chemistry and swing dancing to neuroscience and women’s self defense.


    The classes we are offering this semester aim to help high school students explore their current interests and discover new passions. The program also provides students with the opportunity to visit the UNC-Chapel Hill campus and meet some of the university’s most engaged students.


    Splash UNC is hosting its bi-annual program for students in grades nine through twelve on Saturday, April 14th. Student check-in will start at 9am and classes will run from 10:30am-5pm. The program fee is $20 and lunch is provided. We accept payment online through our registration page where students can also pre-order a Splash UNC t-shirt for $10. We will also accept the program fee in cash or check the day of the event when students come to campus. Financial aid is available for students who request it.

    Get ready! Registration opens on February 25th and will close on April 6th at 11:59pm.

    Please feel free to contact us at admin@splashunc.com, or visit our website at https://splashunc.com/ if you have any questions.


    NC State Vet Camp

    VetCAMP (Veterinary Camp) is a five-day summer camp program for high school students interested in the field of veterinary medicine. The camp is designed for students who aspire to become veterinary healthcare professionals and is a preview into the vast career opportunities available. Through presentations, demonstrations, laboratories, visits, and in-depth, hands-on activities, students will learn all about modern veterinary medicine.

    If you have been interested in a career in veterinary medicine, then this example of 2012 program will provide you with an understanding of the challenges and rewards of this profession. You will have the opportunity to interact with other students who have a similar passion and begin forging future relationships with those who care about science and medicine for animals. We offer various sessions designed to meet different educational and developmental levels, and VetCAMP will challenge and stimulate you in innovative, fun and exciting ways.

    Some of the exciting elements that you will experience in VetCAMP include:

    • Site tour of the NC State College of Veterinary Medicine
    • Animal Organ systems-related dissections
    • Lectures relating to different aspects of the field of Veterinary Medicine
    • Trips to the NC Museum of Natural Sciences and the Piedmont Wildlife Center
    • Fun games relating the Veterinary Medicine
    • Other demonstrations and hands-on activities

    And most importantly, you’ll make new friends who have the same interests and career goals.

    VetCAMP 2016 Program Dates

    Week 1: July 11-15, 2016
    Week 2: July 18-22, 2016

    For more information, please visit: NCSU Vet Camp


    NCSU's Shelton Leadership Challenge - Summer 2018

    The Shelton Challenge is a six-day residential experience to help students expand their knowledge and skills of what it takes to be a leader. Students will participate in activities that will help them have a greater understanding for: Personal Leadership Assessment and Interpersonal Dynamics; Role of Values and Ethics in Leadership; Leadership Traits and Approaches; Teambuilding and Empowering Others; Civic and Social Responsibility; and Goal Setting."
     The application is open as of 12/1/17.
    Requirements of Participants:

    • 9th to 12th grades (recent high school graduates are accepted)
    • GPA of 3.0 or better (If you do not meet this requirement and would like to still apply because you believe this will be a great program, please write a brief statement explaining your reasons)


    Carnegie Mellow Summer Pre-College Program

    Discover Carnegie Mellon:  June 30 – August 11, 2018

    Are you going to be a junior or senior in high school? If so, consider spending the summer in one of our Summer Pre-College Programs:

    Our Summer Pre-College Programs will show you what life at Carnegie Mellon is all about - from the classroom to what's happening on weekends. You'll meet people from all over the world, be inspired by our world-renowned faculty, take part in the excitement of campus and have the opportunity to explore the city of Pittsburgh.

    Apply Now!

    Watch what life is like for a Pre-College student at Carnegie Mellon! Also view the Pre-College Playlist on YouTube which is broken down by program.

    We invite you to attend a Pre-College Preview Day on Monday, February 19. Pre-College Preview Day will provide students and their families with the opportunity to hear about the value of our Pre-College Programs, meet individual Pre-College Program Directors and representatives from Student Life, and also hear from current Carnegie Mellon students who previously attended Pre-College. We’ll discuss both the academic and social/residential aspects of our Pre-College Programs. Register here!


    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

    Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies produces an array of programs for academically talented young students everywhere. Our programs are available online and in-person, during the summer and year-round, and feature broad exploration or intense study in a single subject.

    For more info, please visit: https://spcs.stanford.edu/programs


    Young Women's Leadership Retreat at Bryn Mawr College from July 26-29, 2018.

    Hosted by the Network of Enlightened Women (NeW), this extraordinary opportunity prepares young women to be effective leaders in the cultural and political climate in college. The Young Women’s Leadership Retreat offers two tracks: one for rising college freshmen (high school seniors) and another for current college students. The two tracks merge at points during the Leadership Retreat for panel discussions, leadership training, and team-building events. Students will have the opportunity to network and seek professional development advice from speakers during the retreat.

    Acceptance to the Leadership Retreat includes a full scholarship to attend, which covers admissions, lodging, and board. Transportation to Bryn Mawr College must be provided by the student, however, a limited number of travel scholarships are available. A select number of students will be admitted to this selective leadership program so apply today!

    Marth Guy Summer Institute at Appalachian State University

    The 2018 Martha Guy Summer Institute is July 8th -July 28th.

    The Martha Guy Summer Institute for future business leaders was created to give high achieving high school students interested in pursuing a college degree in business a premier summer experience exploring the different disciplines within business, exposing them to regional business leaders and developing leadership and professional behavior skills needed to be successful in the business realm.

    Former participants call the Martha Guy Summer Institute for Future Business Leaders (MGSI) the best summer opportunity available to high school juniors. Since 2004, the institute has provided a select group of students an unparalleled opportunity to learn about business and develop leadership skills in a fun and friendly environment.

    The program brings students to Appalachian’s campus to learn about business, and to develop leadership and professional skills. Included in the three weeks is travel to various businesses and cultural activities. The entire experience is described by all as "amazing!"

    The online application is now available. Please review the admission requirements before submitting your application.

    Application Deadline is Wednesday, February 28, 2018.

    UNCG CHANCE is an intensive week summer program on the UNCG campus for Latino and Hispanic high school students.

    - Official High School Transcripts with a minimum GPA of 2.8
    - $65.00 Non-refundable Enrollment Fee to be paid after selected no later than May 1st

    Please see flyer for more info: CHANCE flyer - English  

    CHANCE flyer Spanish



    Study Abroad Opportunities for Students

    The North Raleigh Rotary is sponsoring an event where students who are interested in studying abroad can meet with and talk to students who have completed a foreign exchange program. This event will take place on November 30 at the Sertoma Arts Center. Students who are interested should register through the City of Raleigh Parks and Rec online at https://reclink.raleighnc.gov/Start/Start.asp 

    See attached flyer, also: Rotary Exchange Program




    • Focus: linguistic immersion in critical languages: Russian, Arabic, Turkish, Mandarin, Korean, Persian, Indonesian, or Hindi

    • Duration: 6 weeks over the summer OR one academic year (gap year between high school and college, or one year of high school if home school is willing to offer credit)

    • Locations: Jordan, Morocco, China, Taiwan, India, Indonesia, South Korea, Tajikistan, Estonia, Latvia, Moldova, Russia, Turkey

      • Applicants rank language preferences

    • Who can apply: US citizens who will be between 15 and 18 years old when the program begins; no language experience required

    • Applications due: November 2

    • Contact: Cara Price (cara97@live.unc.edu)


    CONGRESS BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE: http://www.usagermanyscholarship.org/


    • Focus: cultural diplomacy with Germany

    • Duration: one academic year (gap year between high school and college, or one year of high school if home school is willing to offer credit)

    • Location: Germany

    • Who can apply: US citizens who will be between 15 and 18.5 years old when the program begins; no language experience required

    • Applications due: December 12

    • Contact: TJ Turner (turnjor1197@gmail.com)


    KENNEDY LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE & STUDY: http://www.yes-abroad.org/


    • Focus: cultural immersion in countries with significant Muslim populations

    • Duration: one academic year (gap year between high school and college, or one year of high school if home school is willing to offer credit)

    • Locations: Bosnia and Herzegovina, Ghana, India, Indonesia, Macedonia, Malaysia, Morocco, Philippines, Senegal, Thailand, Turkey

      • Applicants rank country preferences

    • Who can apply: US citizens who will be between 15 and 18.5 years old when the program begins; no language experience required

    • Applications due: December 5