Upcoming Special Programs and Events

High school students in Greenville County have been invited by The James F. Daniel, Jr. Post #3 of the American Legion to compete in the national American Legion 81st Annual High School Oratorical Scholarship Program, “A Constitutional Speech Contest“.

The subject in the Prepared Oration must be about some aspect of the Constitution of the United States, emphasizing the duties and obligations of a citizen to the United States government. The Prepared Oration must be the original effort of each contestant and must be 8-10 minutes in length.

The American Legion Post #3 contest will be held on Saturday, January 20, 2018, at 10 AM, at the Post in Greenville. The Post will award a $1,000 scholarship to the winner of its contest. The second place contestant will receive a $600 scholarship and the third place winner a $400 scholarship. The winner will advance to the Quadrant contest in the upstate South Carolina area on Saturday, February 17, 2018, and then, hopefully, to the Department contest in Columbia, on Saturday, March 10, 2018.

More information can be found here. Interested students should contact the College Counseling Office.


Applications are now open for UGA’s VetCAMP 2018, which is scheduled for June 17-23, 2018. This program is offered to rising high school juniors and seniors and rising college freshmen to evaluate their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians, provide mentorship and help them experience veterinary medicine as an exciting career path.The application will be available here beginning December 1, 2017, and is due by January 26, 2018.


The Marines Semper Fidelis All-American Program is a new honorary high school program that recognizes high school juniors from across the country who excel academically, athletically and within their communities. Selected students will receive an all-expenses paid trip to Washington, D.C. to attend the Battles Won Academy with a mentor of their choice in July 2018. The program provides the exclusive opportunity for these like-minded student athletes to win a scholarship, tour the nation’s capital, hear from industry professionals, visit the Marine Corps base in Quantico and network with one another.

Student athletes who fit the description of a Semper Fidelis All-American can nominate themselves and can complete their application here. Applications must be completed by January 31, 2018.


The Riley Institute at Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program is looking for rising high school seniors (current juniors) who are striving to become leaders and improve their communities. EPL, which includes a residential week on the Furman campus (June 17 – 22) and a school-year long service component, is free of charge.

Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders is a leadership and civic engagement program for high school students sponsored by the Richard W. Riley Institute of Government, Politics, and Public Leadership. This program offers a series of experiences that enable students to develop into civic-minded and engaged leaders in their communities. During the summer week, participants attend workshops at Furman that prepare them to plan and implement a service project addressing a specific need within their own communities. Students will then return to campus in the spring to present the results of their projects to their peers and a panel of judges. Additional project funds are awarded to the winner.

Click here for more information or to apply. Applications are due Friday, April 6, 2018.


Greenville City Youth Commission has several openings for students in grades 9-12. The purpose of the Youth Commission is to advise City Council, the City Manager and other city staff, to ensure an ongoing and official place in the city’s comprehensive planning, to increase communication between the city’s adults and youth, and to ensure that the youth in the community are an integral part of government decision making. For more information, click here.