Sophomore

JFK Profile in Courage Essay Contest

Deadline:  January 17, 2020

Amount:  $10,000

Eligibility Requirements:  Open to all US high school students in grades 9-12.

Essays must be a minimum of 700 words but no more than 1,000 words. Must include 5 listed sources. Essay must describe an act of political courage by a US elected official who served during or after 1917. Can be someone who has served at the local, state or national level. Certain individuals may NOT be chosen for your essay. See the online eligibility & requirements section for more info.

Apply online:  JFK Profile in Courage Essay 

Duke Summer Academy

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

Duke Summer Academy is a three week certificate program that allows students in grades 9-12 to explore academic topics, improve their communication, presentation & self-awareness skills while experiencing a college atmosphere during the summer. Different classes are offered each term. Classes are listed here.

  • Term 1:  June 14 – July 3, 2020
  • Term 2:  July 12 – July 31, 2020

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be enrolled in grades 9-12.  Program is looking for students with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application and additional program information (including cost) are available at Duke Summer Academy for High School Students.

Duke Summer College

Deadline:  April 15, 2020

The Duke Summer College program is seeking well-rounded, academically-motivated students who want to participate in an authentic college experience during the summer.

Eligibility Requirements:  Must currently be in grades 10-12 and at least 16 years old.  Looking for applicants with strong character, a commitment to service, and a history of academic excellence.

Application must include an essay, resume, high school transcript with test scores, and a teacher letter of recommendation.

Application and additional program information (including cost) available at Duke University Summer Session.

Gettysburg College Summer Programs

Deadline:  May 1, 2020

Gettysburg College offers several week long programs each year to sophomores and juniors that are interested in experiencing college life and gaining knowledge and skills in specific areas.

Summer programs offered during 2020 are:

  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp
  • Build a Bot and Code It Too
  • Camp Psych
  • Civil War Era Studies Camp
  • Young Writers’ Workshop
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference – Scholarship is available for this program.

For additional information and applications, please visit their website, Gettysburg College Summer Programs.

Information on the Laude system

The GCCS School Board voted in 2017 to move to a Laude system beginning with the Class of 2020.  This means that a group of students with exemplary grade point averages will be recognized, instead of a valedictorian/salutatorian system.  There will be three levels of recognition based on increasing GPA – see below.

Recognition GPA
Cum Laude 4.0 – 4.4 9
Magna Cum Laude 4.5 – 4.99
Summa Cum Laude 5.0 +

Planning to continue your education after high school? Need help paying for college?  It’s not too early to start planning. Check out INvestEd for more info!

INvestEd is a free resource for Hoosier students and parents looking for help with college planning and financial aid.  At INvestEd, we help families understand how to fund college wisely to help minimize potential education debt.

http://www.INvestEdIndiana.org

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