Summer Programs & Camps

(Provided for information only; no endorsement of any program implied)

If summer programs interest you, you should act soon! Application deadlines come early in the year.

CATALYST Academy – Cornell University Diversity Program

July 15-21, 2018

Apply by March 1, 2018!

Cornell Engineering encourages high school students to break rules to take intellectual risks. An exciting world of discovery is waiting for you. This summer come to Cornell University and find out for yourself at the CATALYST Academy! Rising seniors (class of 2019) who are African/Black American, Latino, Native American/Alaska Native, or Pacific Islander and/or first generation college students meeting the requirements will automatically be considered for a full tuition waiver for the 2018 CATALYST Academy.             


Leadership Seminars -  University of Notre Dame

Program Date: July 14 – July 25, 2018

Expenses for students accepted to Leadership Seminars—including transportation to and from Notre Dame—will be paid for by the University.

Leadership Seminars explore topics affecting the global community. The courses are centered around vibrant discussion and a robust exchange of ideas. In this context, students are encouraged to examine their own conclusions and hone their own leadership capacities by improving their communications and analytical skills.


The Subiendo Academy – University of Texas McCombs School of Business

June 10-14, 2018 – No costs for students to attend!        

The application is open and closes January 31, 2018 at 11:59 PM CST

Subiendo is a five day summer leadership program designed to prepare young leaders in addressing the needs of the next generation by problem solving issues in healthcare, energy/environment, and education. Current high school juniors apply for this unique opportunity to address real world challenges with today's top business, political, and educational leaders.


Wildlife Conservation and Management Camp

July 22-27, 2018 at the Sproul Ranch in Fort Davis, TX

Our camp is an all-inclusive 7-day experience offered each summer. Join us and learn from professional wildlife biologists, botanists, and ecologists. The camp is an exciting mix of hands-on activities, outdoor exploration, and a lot of time with knowledgeable mentors. Subject matter will include wildlife and plant identification, species diversity, conservation ethics, wildlife capture and census techniques, wildlife tracking, predator-prey dynamics, population management, fishing, shooting sports, and much more.

Cost:  $350 fee



Carnegie Mellon offers a top-ranked Summer Academy for Mathematics & Science. The six-week program is specifically designed for those students who are come from backgrounds underrepresented in the fields of natural science (ethnic minority students, students from economically disadvantaged backgrounds, first-generation college students, etc.). Classes on mathematics, computer science, engineering, and SAT preparation are all offered, and are taught by Carnegie Mellon instructors.

Where: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania

How Long: Six weeks

How Much: No tuition, though students spend an average of $200 on personal and recreational activities



11th graders considering engineering as a college major and future career will greatly benefit from the Summer College Engineering Exposure Program at the University of Michigan. Over the course of 11 days, students will take a variety of classes aimed at helping them to understand fully engineering and its disciplines. Students work in teams to develop a project, plus take various tours of U of M’s engineering departments and take part in informal discussions with engineering professors and students. 

 Specific Subjects: Engineering         How Much: $100       Apply in January 2018


Women's Technology Program - Massachusetts Institute of Technology

Where: Massachusetts Institute of Technology, Cambridge, Massachusetts

How Long: Four weeks

Specific Subjects: Computer Science, Electrical Engineering, Mechanical Engineering

How Much: Varies based on family income (max: $3,500)

The summer program dates are June 23 - July 21, 2018. The online Application is now open. The application submission deadline is January 15.

The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade .


Camino Al Futuro  Program at George Washington University

Camino al Futuro is a pre-college summer program aimed at students from Latin and Hispanic communities. The three-week program is designed to cultivate in students leadership potential and focuses on subjects in the fields of business, economics, and politics. Students conduct research and analyze media, engage in collaborative projects, meet with Hispanic and Latino leaders, and attend various local sites.  It is a fully-funded summer scholarship program that engages high-achieving juniors (rising seniors) from U.S. high schools in a residential academic leadership development program at the George Washington University.

Where: George Washington University, Washington, D.C.

How Long:  July 1-20, 2018  (Three weeks)

Specific Subjects: Leadership

How Much: FREE, thanks to scholarships associated with the program


Math Camp 2018- Colorado School of Mines in Golden, CO

June 24 to July 29, 2018

Mathcamp is free for lots of students. Every family with household income $65,000 and below automatically qualifies for a full scholarship.

Canada/USA Mathcamp is an intensive 5-week-long summer program for mathematically talented high school students, designed to expose these students to the beauty of advanced mathematical ideas and to new ways of thinking.





The Telluride Association Sophomore Seminar (TASS)

This summer, 56 intellectually curious high school sophomores (“rising juniors”) will participate in one of four challenging six-week college-level seminars on topics related to critical Black and ethnic studies. The seminars will be held at Cornell University and the University of Michigan.

All the program costs, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees are covered.

Texas School for  the Deaf Summer Programs 2018

*Please note that registration opens on Dec 1st, 2017 and closes on March 1st, 2018.*


National Society of Black Engineers Summer Engineering Experience for Kids (SEEK)

This FREE three-week program is open to students who are current 3rd through 5th graders or current 6th through 8th graders (6th-8th offered in selected locations).  The program will be held at a local Houston elementary school or middle school, and will include 100 students in each grade level, for a total of 300 students served per program. 

The program is a commuter-based program for students, Monday through Friday, 8:30 am and ending at 3:30 pm.


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