Opportunities for all Grades

UPDATED 1/11/17

Tri-County Rural Electric Youth Tour

Juniors: Win the trip of a Lifetime

Tri-County Rural Electric will send six students from the co-op’s service territory on an all-expenses-paid trip to the nation’s capital this summer.

If you are a high school junior who enjoys sightseeing, history, politics and making new friends, then this trip may be for you.

The lucky students will have the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., with a group of their peers from across the country during the years Rural Electric Youth Tour, a six-day sightseeing excursion that mixes fun and education.

During the tour, which takes place June 9-15,  participants will have the opportunity to explore Washington’s historic sites, visit the Smithsonian, make friends with Youth Tour students from throughout the United States, meet with federal legislators, and learn about electric co-ops and the cooperative

This years Youth Tour is expected to draw more than 1,800 students to Washington for the week. If you are interested in being one of them, here is what you need to know:

Youth Tour Rules

  1. Contest is open to any high school junior (2017-18 school year) whose parents or legal guardians are members of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative or who attend a school located within the co-op’s territorial boundaries.

  2. Write an essay based on the following: If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to experience and learn about America's rich history.  What moment in American history do you wish you had been a part of and what would you have contributed?

  3. Your essay must be typed.

  4. Complete the Youth Tour Application and staple it to your letter. Also be sure to include a wallet-size photograph of yourself. Mail to: Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Attn: Bryan Berguson, P.O. Box 526, Mansfield, PA 16933.

  5. Entries must be received by 4:00 pm Friday, February 16, 2018

  6. After reviewing the applications and letters, Tri-County will select six Youth Tour delegates. They will be notified by March 2, 2018. The Youth Tour delegates will be eligible for special scholarship opportunities, and the top-scoring delegate will compete with other candidates from Pennsylvania co-ops for the chance to represent the state at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association's 2019 Annual Meeting.

  7. The decision of the judges is final.


For more information about the Youth Tour and agenda, call Tri-County’s Mansfield office at (570) 662- 2175 or 1-(800)-343-2559 or see your high school guidance counselor.


Take the Challenge!
Did you ever wonder what it would be like to run a business? Are you a Pennsylvania high school sophomore or junior who dreams of being your own boss someday? Pennsylvania Free Enterprise Week (PFEW) is a week-long, summer opportunity for you to find the answers to these questions and so much more! Your generation faces a fast-paced, business-oriented world that is constantly changing to meet the demands of the future. Change can be very intimidating, but with practical tools and appropriate knowledge, what seems intimidating can become exciting. PFEW will help you pave your road to success!
Official PFEW 2018 Dates:

Week 1 - July 1-7 (Lycoming College)
Week 2 - July 8-14 (Lycoming College)
Week 3 - July 22-28 (Lycoming College)
Week 4 - July 29 - Aug. 4 (Lycoming or  PCT)
(Note that during Week 4 there will be 2 sessions running at 2 different campuses.)
Early Bird Deadline - March 2, 2018
Final Deadline - April 6, 2018
2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in Agricultural Sciences
But why would I want to give up a week of my summer vacation?
Everyone is looking for that one thing that sets them apart from others! PFEW is your chance to take a step towards your future and to show your future employer that you are not your ordinary high school student. At PFEW, you will have the chance to turn an imaginary company into a financial success! You and your group of peers will act as an executive management team and take a hands-on approach as you face the decisions real life CEOs face every day! You will be given a taste of the American free enterprise system as you run your student "company", all while experiencing college life and competing for prizes. But you won't just learn about business, you will also learn things about yourself and hone your teambuilding skills as you take the "PFEW Journey".

Tell Me More!
As if the college and business experience isn't enough, you will also have the chance to "rub elbows" with the best! Professionals from all across the Commonwealth come to PFEW to get a chance to meet the best and brightest students the state has to offer! Each student company will work closely with a professional business volunteer who will mentor them throughout the week. Some of Pennsylvania's top executives and motivational speakers will inspire you with their stories of success and wisdom. If that isn't enough incentive to attend, you will be eligible for automatic college scholarships from either of our host campuses!

All Work and No Play?...NO WAY!
While experiencing life on a college campus in Williamsport, PA, PFEW provides students with a chance like no other to make lasting friendships with students from all over the state. You and your new friends will compete in "Executive Fitness", hang out during an ice cream social, relax at a pool party and conclude your week unwinding on the dance floor following our Awards Banquet.

PFEW, Here I Come! What Do I Need to Do to Sign Up?
Submit an application! It's that easy! Once you apply, each student accepted into PFEW will receive a full scholarship valued at $1,500 from a Pennsylvania business or community organization to attend PFEW. The cost to you as a student is a $285 non-refundable registration fee, that fee and providing your own transportation to and from Lycoming College or Pennsylvania College of Technology in Williamsport, PA. Not too bad for a week away from home! Assistance is always available for any student who needs help with the application or acceptance process. We also offer financial aid and/or payment plans for those who may need assistance with the registration fee.

For more information visit www.pfew.org
Stop in the Guidance office to pick up an application. 

UPDATED 1/9/18

Babson College's Summer Study for High School Students
July 6-August 4, 2018

Babson's Summer Study is a residential program for rising high school juniors and seniors that lets you earn college credit as you gain real-world business insights.   Surrounded by other aspiring entrepreneurs from around the world and taught by our top-ranked faculty, Summer Study students take a 4-credit college course, Introduction to the Entrepreneurial Experience.  In this course, they'll cover such topics as Design Thinking and Communicating Your Why, all while they develop their problem-solving skills in a hands-on team environment. 

To learn more or to apply for Summer Study for High School Students, visit www.babson.edu/summerstudy

UPDATED 1/4/2018

US Air Force Summer Seminar


Summer Seminar at the United States Air Force Academy offers a unique opportunity to get the Academy experience first-hand. Specially designed for high school juniors heading into their senior year, Summer Seminar allows participants to see themselves as USAFA cadet.

This program will help answer your questions about our application process and give you a glimpse of cadet life.

During the Summer Seminar program, you will be assigned to an “element” or group, with an upper class cadet as your Element Leader. Your Element Leader will be with you almost 24 hours a day as your mentor and guide. Along with your element, you will:

  • Live in cadet dormitories and eat at the cadet dining facility.
  • Explore academic facilities and research labs.
  • Participate in a variety of workshops, including some that assist with your application.

How to Apply

Students are selected to participate in Summer Seminar on a "whole person concept." We are looking for emerging leaders to take our Air Force into the future, and we look for that leadership based on demonstrated leadership experience or potential in extracurricular and community activities, athletics and academics.

Please keep in mind that selection to attend Summer Seminar is NOT in any way a prerequisite for admission to the Academy. If you are not selected for Summer Seminar, it should not be interpreted as a reflection on your qualifications or ability to successfully pursue an appointment to the United States Air Force Academy.

Our online Summer Seminar application opens on December 1 and closes on January 15 each year. Selections for summer seminar are based on the whole person concept and not on a first-come, first-served basis.

You will need the following information available to complete the application:

  • Full legal name 
  • Mailing address/home phone/email address
  • High school and junior class size
  • Social Security number
  • Current High School GPA of 3.0 or above
  • If the following courses were taken and completed, your grades for English (9th-1st Semester of 11th) and Math (Algebra I, Algebra II, Geometry, Trigonometry, Physics, Chemistry)
  • * Highly recommended - Submit one or more test scores: PSAT, PreACT, ACT or SAT 

*Note: If you do have test scores when you initially apply to Summer Seminar, you will be able to OPT to have your application become a USAFA Application. If you submit your Summer Seminar application without scores, you will not be able to use the OPT option even if you get scores before the Summer Seminar application closes.

In addition to the information listed above, a personal profile is required as part of the application process. Instructions are included on the application web site. The profile is your opportunity to showcase your leadership background and other accomplishments to the Academy. If selected or not selected to attend, you will receive an email (at the e-mail address indicated in your application) and your status will show on your application.

If you have questions about the program, please email USAFA_Summer_Seminar@USAFA.edu.


The registration fee for Summer Seminar is $300.00. Lodging, meals, workshop supplies, some seminar "uniforms" and accessories will be provided to attendees.

You are responsible for funding and arranging your own transportation to and from Colorado Springs, Colorado (Colorado Springs Airport, USAFA, or a USAFA selected pick up location TBA). Students may fly commercial, drive themselves, or be dropped off at the Academy by parent(s) or other responsible individual(s). If you are selected and accept our offer, more detailed travel instructions will be provided. There may be an opportunity for a limited number of scholarships to attend this program after selections are made.


UPDATED 10/24/2007

Program Information and Eligibility

The 2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences will be hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences at the Penn State University Park Campus will be held from July 8 to August 3, 2018.
Tour of Beaver Stadium

Tour of Beaver Stadium

The 2018 Pennsylvania  School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences will be a four-week summer residential program held on University Park campus for academically talented and gifted high school students (rising seniors) from throughout Pennsylvania.

This program is free to participants and is sponsored by Penn State’s College of Agricultural Sciences.


  • Grade Level at Time of Application Deadline: Current junior only.
  • School Enrollment: Must currently attend a public, charter or non‐public secondary school or be home schooled.
  • Pennsylvania Residency: The primary full‐time residence of least one custodial parent or legal, court‐appointed guardian of the applicant must be in Pennsylvania. Military dependents based in Pennsylvania are eligible.

Costs and Committment

Tuition, room, board, instructional materials, and costs of program activities are provided free of charge to students who are selected to participate.
Lunchtime 2015

Lunchtime 2015

Families are responsible for: scholars' transportation to and from the program, pocket money for personal needs.  Scholars are expected to remain on campus for the full four weeks of the program. 

PSEAS scholars are expected to be fully committed to the program and to all of its activities. They are expected to arrive promptly for all classes and program activities.This may involve making a choice between attending PSEAS and other competing summer activities. PSEAS scholars will have some free time each day. However, the PSEAS program does not make special provisions for regimented athletic training and does not make arrangements for access to competition-level practice facilities for music or dance during the program.

No high school or college credits are given for PSEAS courses completed by the scholars. The students who apply and participate in the program are expected to be motivated by their desire to satisfy their own natural scientific curiosity. In addition, they are not ranked academically with each other, and no grades are given.

Scholars are expected to satisfy all the requirements in order to obtain the certificate of completion awarded to participants at the program commencement. They are expected to work hard, study hard, and complete their research projects.

How to Apply
The 2018 Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences will be hosted by the College of Agricultural Sciences at the Penn State University Park Campus. Applications will open November 1, 2017. Please read the application instructions carefully.
2014 Scholars

2014 Scholars

Application Form

The application form for the Pennsylvania  School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences 2018 summer program must be filled out and sent in by February 15th.

Postmark Deadline: February 15, 2018

Talented high school students who are residents of the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania, and at the time of application enrolled in their junior year, are invited to apply for the Pennsylvania School for Excellence in the Agricultural Sciences.

If you have questions, please contact Jenneth Layaou, at PSEAS@psu.edu

University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy

Suite 300 Iroquois Building, 3600 Forbes Avenue, Pittsburgh, PA, 15213
Website: www.hcsa.pitt.edu Phone: 412-647-5362
Ms. Karen Narkevic, Program Director
June 24 – July 21, 2018
2018 UPHCSA Application Form
Student Eligibility:

• The applicant must be a current sophomore or junior (and age 15-18) in secondary school or homeschooled.
• The applicant who accepts an invitation to attend the program must commit to being in residence for the entire program, which does not allow trips home or other absences.
• Completed application must be returned by February 15, 2018. All parts of the application must be submitted in one package.
• Grounds for Disqualification: Ineligibility (as listed above); lateness of application submission; incomplete application (it must be submitted in its entirety at one time); plagiarism; or falsification of information on the application.
Application Information:
Application to the UPHCSA is a competitive process: Not all applicants will be accepted. A selection committee comprised of health care professionals, educators and other officials reads the applications. All information provided in an application is taken into account, with emphasis on the student's essays, activities resume and academic transcript. The panel looks for a commitment to service and excellence in written expression in the essays. Students are asked to select a current issue related to health care, discuss the problems and possible approaches or solutions they recommend, and explain their interest in the issue. The panel reviews the extracurricular resume for evidence of volunteerism, involvement in community activities and leadership. Teacher references are read for evidence of scholarship, maturity, responsibility, initiative and positive reaction to criticism.
The panel will select 100 students.
Application Deadlines & Notification Dates
Receipt Deadline (in UPHCSA Office): February 15, 2018.

Notification: March 5 – 9, 2018 – Notification of status will be via email.
Application Contents:
___ Program and Application Information (pages 1 and 2) –Please keep for your records
___ Personal Data Form and Authorizations (pages 3 and 4)
___ Application Essays – Narrative and Chief Essay (Please attach to pages 3 and 4)
___ Resume or C.V. (Please attach to pages 3 and 4)
___ Science Teacher Reference Form (pages 5 and 6)
___ Other Teacher or Activity Advisor Reference Form (pages 7 and 8)
___ Guidance Counselor Reference Form (pages 9 and 10)
___ Copy of Secondary School Transcript – (Counselor to attach to pages 9 and 10)
___ Scholarship Assistance Information and Application Requirements (Page 11)
You should retain a copy of the entire submitted application for your records (except the recommendations which should be submitted in sealed envelopes from the teachers, etc.).
Program Overview
The University of Pittsburgh Health Career Scholars Academy is a unique, four-week, residential summer program for high school students that is held on the main campus of the University of Pittsburgh in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The students who are accepted to UPHCSA are highly motivated, thoughtful, hard-working, and committed to helping others. The program brings together 100 students to live and learn together in a pre-college environment.
Students attend sessions on topics falling into one of these broad categories: Caring for Health, Making a Difference, and Thinking about Thinking. In addition, each student will be assigned to a learning team course and a concentration course. Shadow experiences, multiple site visits, small discussion groups, guest speakers, simulation games, team projects and presentations, videos, independent study and working in a culturally diverse environment are included in the UPHCSA curriculum. Another important aspect of the program is helping students to learn, understand and develop professional expectations and behavior. The program also schedules social and recreation activities. Typically, students spend evenings after 8:30 p.m.
working in computer laboratories or doing advance assignments.
Student Life
Students will be housed in dormitories on the University of Pittsburgh campus. Using a provided meal card, participants eat in the UPMC Presbyterian Hospital cafeteria during the program. To support the goal of
students living in and creating a community of learners, a programming plan within the residence halls is in place. Residence Life staff (ratio of one staff member for approximately 10 - 12 students) offer a variety of social, cultural and recreational activities during the weekends, to support the program curriculum and to encourage interaction among the participants.
The live-in staff consists of nine or ten Resident Life Counselors, one of whom serves as the Resident Life Coordinator. Students and staff are housed in Brackenridge Hall on Pitt’s campus with some social activities
held in the common areas of the dorm, as well as at other campus locations. Members of the opposite sex are not allowed in the sleeping room areas at any time, with the exception of the program staff. Accommodations are suite-style, with 4 – 5 students assigned to each suite.
Facilities and Faculty
The University of Pittsburgh Medical Center is one of the nation's most renowned academic medical centers. UPHCSA students are privileged to meet with the professionals who develop health policy, conduct research
and deliver patient care. Many of the UPHCSA classrooms are situated in the medical center hospitals. A wide range of professionals volunteer their services as instructors and mentors at the UPHCSA. In addition, graduate school students lead the learning teams.
The University of Pittsburgh campus is urban, and the program rules are strict for the well being of participants. Students live in gender-separate quarters exclusive from other campus groups. Trained staff monitors curfews and residential life, while also serving as facilitators for projects and discussions.
Fees and Expenses:
Cost for the 2018 program is $2,800.
This fee includes tuition, housing, meals, course materials, curriculum related social activities and field trips, for the duration of the four-week program. Optional social activities are not included in the fee.
A non-refundable deposit of $300 is included in the fee and will be due by April 1 with your signed acceptance forms.
We are currently working on securing a limited amount of money to assist applicants who are accepted to UPHCSA 2018 and who demonstrate financial need. If you cannot afford to attend the program and would like to apply for some scholarship funding, please ask your parent/guardian to sign on page 11 and download a Statement of Financial Need form from www.hcsa.pitt.edu. This statement must be submitted with the student application by February 15, 2018. Please note that scholarship funding is limited; there is no guarantee that students who apply for scholarship funding will receive it.

UPDATED 10/19/17

The Pennsylvania School for Global Entrepreneurship is now the Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive. The new name better reflects the program’s global reach and its interactive, hands-on model of teaching leadership and entrepreneurship skills to young adults from around the world.

The Iacocca Global Entrepreneurship Intensive brings American high school sophomores and juniors (ages 16-17) together with International high school students from all regions of the world for four weeks to live and learn together at Lehigh University in Bethlehem, Pennsylvania.

Students learn about entrepreneurship, globalization, team building, project management, leadership and working within a culturally diverse environment.

Program graduates will know how to:

  • evaluate whether an idea has the potential to be a successful innovation,
  • work as part of an international team, and
  • learn how to develop a functional business and marketing plan.

Sessions are facilitated by Lehigh faculty members as well as entrepreneurs and leaders of the local and international business community.

The curriculum includes:

  • Core courses in business, ethics, marketing, basic accounting and globalization taught by Lehigh University faculty and community leaders
  • Additional courses in specific areas of business such as negotiating, human resources, or financial markets
  • Meetings with Entrepreneurs in Residence to hear real-life stories of success and lessons learned
  • Small-team project developing a solution for an actual problem facing a local company
  • Educational field trips to New York City and Harrisburg, Pennsylvania’s capital
  • Cultural exchanges and other activities

The highlight of the program is the team project, where participants work in small groups to apply what they’ve learned and help a local business solve a problem. In past years, students have worked with companies such as C.F. Martin & Co., Bracalente Manufacturing, Dutch Springs/NorthStar Adventures, Habitat for Humanity, United Way, Allentown Economic Development Corp., and more.

Students live in Lehigh University dormitories and enjoy food and recreation using facilities at Lehigh and in the surrounding area.


The competitive program is open to all current high school sophomores and juniors (ages 16-17). The selection committee evaluates each application individually for evidence of academic ability, leadership, entrepreneurship and community service. Students of any nationality are welcome to apply—to date, participants have come from nearly 60 countries.

Application and Fees

There is no application fee. Tuition for students selected to attend the four week program includes all housing, food, courses, course materials, project transportation and field trips.

American program fee is $3,850. International program fee is $4,250 and includes Newark International or Lehigh Valley International airport transfer fees, extra night and meals.

Limited scholarships are available. For specific questions, please contact Diana Q. Shepherd, Director, dqs206@lehigh.edu, or (610) 758-3401 or (610) 758-6886.

UPDATED 8/15/17

Pennsylvania State Youth Education Summit

    Are you an outstanding high school student actively engaged in academics, leadership and community service?
    This program is open to all high school freshmen, sophomores, and juniors interested in learning more about their state government and the roles their generation of voters will play.

    Apply to the upcoming 2017 Pennsylvania State You Education Summit!   This year's Summit will be held September 28-October 2 in Harrisburg, PA

     Current high school students are encouraged to apply.   Attendees will learn about Pennsylvania's history and government, as well as the Second Amendment in a unique, four-day experience in the Harrisburg area.  All expenses paid minus travel to and from summit.

     At the end of the weekend, two lucky attendees will be selected to represent the state of Pennsylvania at the National Youth Experience Education Summit in Washington, DC, in 2018.

     Application deadline has been extended until September 1st!

     Want to learn how to start a summit in your state? Visit the website for more details or email yes@nrahq.org.

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