Upcoming Special Programs and Events

A faithful Catholic education can prepare students not only for a career, but for life. To get a taste of the value of a faithful Catholic education, high school students are encouraged to look at summer programs at the colleges recommended in The Newman Guide to Choosing a Catholic College.

These programs are a great opportunity for high school students to strengthen their academic and extracurricular skills, grow in their spiritual lives, get a head-start on college visits, learn from distinguished professors, make lifelong friends, and experience what faithful Catholic education is all about.

Please click here for more information and a full listing of programs offered by schools like Catholic University, DeSales, University of Dallas, and more.


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Please share this email with qualified students who may be interested
Youth Ambassadors are High School leaders in hunger action and champions of
volunteer service in our community. Each volunteer fulfills 40+ hours of hands-on community service during the school year, helping increase awareness of
Harvest Hope, educating the Upstate community on the needs of hungry people, and increasing hunger relief resources.
A minimum of 40 service hours throughout the 2019-20 school year to include:
  • Any 1 of 3 Summer Service Days: 6/19, 8/5 (9am-11am), 7/22 (1-3pm)
  • At least one of Harvest Hope’s community events, and
  • A choice of any other Harvest Hope events, projects or programs.





  • Applicants must gender-identify as female.
  • Preference will be given to senior-level students who cannot reapply for the program. Underclassmen who are not accepted are encouraged to reapply for the program in the same location the following year.  Students who have already participated in a Perry Outreach Program will not be admitted so as to give as many students an experience as possible.
  • Some programs are high school students only; others are high school and underclassmen college engineering students (freshmen & sophomores). Please check the details for individual programs to see if they’re open for your education level.
  • The Perry Initiative will review all applications, and students will be admitted based on the quality of their essays. It is STRONGLY suggested that you proofread your essays for proper capitalization and spelling and grammatical errors.  See here for suggestions on writing your essays.
  • Online applications usually close 30 days before program date at 5pm EST/EDT. Please note application deadline on each program detail page.
  • All applicants will be notified of acceptance within 15 days of program date. Please make sure your contact information is correct in your application and check your Spam Folder 3-4 days after your application deadline. If you are accepted but do not respond to our communications, you will forfeit your place and the next student on the wait list will be accepted instead.
  • This  Waiver form is provided for you and your guardians to read in advance of the program.  If you are accepted and choose to attend, you must bring a signed copy of this waiver with you to the program.  Please note that you will not be allowed to participate in the program if you do not bring a signed waiver with you.
  • Please visit our FAQs site for more answers to frequently asked questions including “What are the essay questions?”
  • Double check your personal information, especially your email. If your email is mistyped or inactive, we won’t be able to contact you.
  • If your program location is not on the pull down menu, we are not accepting applications for that program. Applications submitted without a program location choice will not be read. 


In this one-week course, students will study characteristics of great political and military leaders in a seminar-style class led by professors from the Clemson Lyceum Program. This classroom experience will emphasize individual contributions from students, which will help students not only develop their critical thinking skills, but also their ability to engage in civil discourse about political and philosophic matters. With the aid of their professors, students will study, in detail, questions concerning greatness, leadership, good judgment (prudence), principles, ambition, political contexts, and education. This class is a must for anyone interested in politics, history, ethics, and those who wish to serve their communities.

In this course, students will:

  • Learn to engage with each-other in a Socratic-style seminar environment with an emphasis on developing civil discourse
  • Study history, political science, ethics, rhetoric, and philosophy through the mediums of primary sources, speeches, histories, literature, and visual media
  • Improve Critical Thinking and Public Speaking skills

Please note that there are required readings to complete before this course. We will reach out to parents of registered students with this information at a later date.

This course is offered in session two (June 9-15).

View our 2019 flyer!

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The mission of SC Business Week is to develop tomorrow’s business leaders today.  SC Biz Week is a program for HS students to get an inside look at business in action and educate on entrepreneurship and the American free enterprise system.  Business week will be held at USC, Columbia on July 21-16, 2019.

Eligible students must:
Rank academically in the top one-third of their class
Have completed their sophomore, junior or senior year by June 2019
Possess demonstrated leadership skills through school and community activities
Complete the application form in its entirety with the signature of school principal or guidance counselor, and return to the South Carolina Chamber of Commerce.
Complete an essay

Deadline is April 30, 2019





The Summer Business Institute is a pre-college summer program for rising high school juniors and seniors interested in business, entrepreneurship, and leadership. The week-long program will take place from Sunday, June 23 – Friday, June 28, 2019. Participants will have the opportunity to learn from Catholic University’s Busch School of Business faculty, business leaders and entrepreneurs and dive hands-on into business principles, applications, and competitions while experiencing a taste of college life and exploring Washington, D.C.

The total program cost is $500 this includes tuition, meals, and excursions.

Regular Decision deadline for applications is May 1. For more information and to apply click here.


Program (STEP) is open for high school juniors going into their senior year.
The Wilson College holds five one-week sessions of STEP each summer. Participants live on-campus, learn about our degree programs, the admissions process, scholarship opportunities and work on a project related to one of our majors. The program cost is $250 for each participant; limited financial aid is available. We encourage you to share this opportunity with your students.

STEP is offered during the following weeks:

Week 1: June 16 – 21
Week 2: June 23 – 28
Week 3: July 7 – 12
Week 4: July 14 – 19
Week 5 – July 21-26

Each student has the opportunity to rank their level of interest in the subject areas listed below, and will complete a project pertaining to that subject.
Apparel Design
Textile Engineering
Business Management
Textile Design
Polymer Chemistry

To learn more about STEP please visit our website. If you have questions, please contact Shannon Tart at textiles-recruitment@ncsu.edu. Applications due April 1, 2019.

The Wilson College also offers a two-day workshop, Polymer Camp, for high school juniors interested in physical sciences, engineering and attending NC State. This is a great opportunity for your students to learn more about our Polymer Color Chemistry, Textile Engineering or Textile Technology degree programs. The application opens March 1, 2019 and closes May 31, 2019.

To learn more about Polymer Camp please visit our website. If you have questions, please contact Lakisha Patterson at lypatter@ncsu.edu.



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NYU’s varied array of high school programs offer flexibility and options that can be tailored to your individual needs and schedule. Most programs are offered during the summer, but there are options for weekend workshops during the fall and spring. Application processes, requirements and deadlines are varied; as are housing and financial aid offerings.

Each program draws on the strengths of NYU’s various schools and colleges. Whether it’s by earning college credit or strengthening artistic or professional skills in an intensive non-credit offering, students will experience college and city life, first hand. Many of our programs allow students to increase their academic portfolio, while others enhance performance and studio art experiences. Be sure to visit each specific website to see which program is right for you.



CREATEng is GSSM’s one-of-a-kind engineering and design thinking day camp for rising 8th and 9th graders. Working through project-based, hands-on team challenges, students learn what engineering is and what engineers do. With a focus on manufacturing and biomedical engineering, student teams will be challenged to design blades and gears for a wind turbine, solder and build optical heart-rate monitors, and print 3-D prototypes of manufacturing or medical solutions for testing.

CREATEng students will interact with guest speakers and go on a field trip to a local company to see engineering in action.

Summer 2018 Dates & Locations
Beaufort – June 11-14 at River Ridge Academy
Dorchester – June 25-28 at Gregg Middle School
Georgetown* – July 16-19 at Georgetown Middle School
Greenville – June 18-21 at Hughes Academy
Orangeburg* – June 11-14 at William J. Clark Middle School
York – July 23-26 at Pleasant Knoll Middle School
All camps run from 8:30AM to 4:00PM daily.

Summer 2019 Dates & Locations will be available February 1st. Applications will open mid-February. Cost $250 per student; Cost includes materials, field trip, lunches and snacks.

Financial aid is available! Please complete the financial aid application within the online camper application. Families registering more than one child, or for more than one camp, will receive a discount.

Who is eligible to apply to CREATEng?
Rising 8th & 9th graders who have demonstrated scholarship in science and math and desire an academically challenging STEM summer experience. Students must submit their 2017-18 first semester report card as part of their application and must have a B average or higher in order to be enrolled in CREATEng.



If you have an interest in serving in any branch of the military and/or attending a service academy, you will want to attend their summer program.  Below are links to each of them!

West Point

US Naval Sea Cadets

US Naval Academy

Air Force Academy

US Coast Guard



Belmont Abbey College: Private | Catholic | Charlotte, NC

Schola HS Summer Program

Introducing Two Sessions for 2019
July 7 – July 13, 2019
July 14 – July 20, 2019

Schola offers a unique opportunity to rising high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors to spend an elevating and revitalizing week engaged in a rich schedule of academic, cultural, and recreational activities centered on lively seminars discussing several of the great books of the Western world.

The program draws on the rich cultural and recreational offerings of the greater Charlotte area. In addition to daily recreational activities, the program includes a visit to the celebrated Mint Museum in Charlotte, a staged reading of a Shakespeare play, hiking in the nearby Appalachian Mountains, and white water rafting at the U.S. National White Water Center in Charlotte. Students will have many opportunities to participate in the rich spiritual and sacramental life of the college, including daily Mass and rosary, confession, Liturgy of the Hours with the monks, and adoration.

Students who have completed one year of high school by summer 2018 are invited to apply to this exciting program. The program fee of $575 includes meals, books, tuition, room and board, and activity fees For more information, please feel free to contact our Program director: Dr. Joseph Wysocki  josephwysocki@bac.edu

More Info Here



The title of United States Marine is earned, never given. The same is true of a Semper-Fidelis All-American. Becoming an All-American puts you in elite company and allows opportunities that will open the doors to future success. Proudly presented by the United States Marine Corps, the Semper Fidelis All-American Program recognizes high school students who face life’s battles with the conviction and determination to succeed. These students embody the same fighting spirit that Marines stand for by taking on the challenges of succeeding academically while bettering their communities and excelling in athletics and extracurricular activities. They have turned obstacles into victories through drive and passion and will be recognized for their achievements at the exclusive Battles Won Academy.

As a celebration of their success, selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will receive an all-expenses paid trip to attend the four-day Battles Won Academy, held in Washington D.C. in July 2019. There they will participate in daily workouts, an immersive Marine Corps experience on base in Quantico, a community service event, teambuilding outings, and a tour of our Nation’s Capital (check out the daily recap video for the 2018 Battles Won Academy experience here). The selected Semper Fidelis All-Americans will also have the opportunity to network with an elite circle of speakers from all walks of life and various industries who will share their inspiring stories of fighting and winning battles in their own lives. Speakers from 2018 included: Sage Steele, Christian McCaffrey, JW Cortes, Robby Smith, Verice Bennett and the Commandant of the Marine Corps.

In recognition of the importance of building a support system to enable the success of the next generation, each All-American will be given the opportunity to invite a mentor of their choosing from their school, sports team or a community organization to attend the event alongside them. Selected mentors may not be of familial relation to the student. Throughout the weekend’s activities, students and mentors will be required to step out of their normal comfort zones, and all attendees should be prepared to participate in a high level of physical activity. Finally, becoming a Semper Fidelis-All American will make students eligible for select scholarship opportunities only available to program participants.


Be a Junior in High School

Have a 3.5 or higher GPA on a 4.0 scale, or equivalent

Be active in community service

Play a competitive team sport

Hold a student or community leadership position

Students will be selected for the program based on moral character and academic performance in addition to athletic abilities. Most critically, nominees must demonstrate a fighting spirit that improves the lives of their fellow citizens. Application information will be reviewed and validated for selection.ee