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Leadership Opportunities

Mississippi Boys State 

The American Legion is dedicated to strengthening America. We believe there is no better way to this end than to work with our nation’s youth in order to prepare them for the tasks they will face in the years to come. The American Legion, through its youth activities programs, plays a leading role in the development of tomorrow’s informed, responsible citizens. The American Legion’s programs of Boys State and Boys Nation are our finest examples of citizenship instruction for youth.

2020 Youth Leadership Institute (Deadline: March 15)

The 2020 Youth Leadership Institute (YLI) is a free, five-day, overnight, college empowerment conference for Latino high school juniors held at two top universities across the US. This highly selective program is designed to give young leaders the practical tools they need to successfully apply to top universities, have full access to scholarship and financial aid opportunities, and set a course for academic and career success. Attendees will enhance their leadership abilities and expand their professional networks by participating in college and career workshops, living on a college campus, and interacting with college students and professionals who serve as their mentors.

Students can apply to ONE of the following locations and dates:

  • July 8, 2020 - July 12, 2020 - University of Chicago
  • July 22, 2020 - July 26, 2020 - University of Southern California (USC) 

Eligibility Requirements:

  • Current high school junior (Class of 2021)
  • Must have an unweighted GPA above 3.0 on a 4.0 scale, or above an 80 on a 100-point scale
  • Identify as being of Hispanic heritage
  • Currently attend high school in the United States or a U.S. territory
  • US Citizen, Permanent Legal Resident, DACA, or Eligible Non-Citizen (as defined by FAFSA)
  • Plan to enroll full-time, in a four-year degree program, at a US accredited, not-for-profit, private or public college or university after high school graduation

Is there a cost to attend YLI?

  • No, it is FREE to apply and participate (room and dining covered by YLI)
  • HSF will also cover transportation costs for any student who needs such assistance. Be sure to indicate in your application, if this is the case

How to Apply:

  • Create a MyHSF Profile as a "Student"
  • Scroll down and select "YLI Student Application 2020" on your Dashboard

The deadline to apply is Sunday, March 15, 2020, 5:00 PM PT. Space is limited, so don't wait until the last minute.

SAME/Army Engineering and Construction Camp (Deadline: March 16)

The Society of American Military Engineers (SAME) is accepting applications from qualified high school sophomores and juniors interested in attending the SAME/Army Engineering and Construction Camp, June 14-20, 2020 in Vicksburg, MS.

Forty students from across the nation will be competitively selected to attend the camp. The students will engage in hands-on engineering and construction activities under the mentorship and supervision of SAME professionals and others from the local engineering community.  The program includes interaction with representatives of architecture/ engineering firms, construction companies, Military leaders, and Corps of Engineers' employees. The camp fee is $100 for selected campers, and the deadline for applications is March 16, 2020.

Students can fill out the attached application or apply online at

For more information, please contact Henry Dulaney at 601-631-7724, or Michelle Moore at 601-631-5139 or visit our Facebook page at

MSU Rural Medical & Science Scholars Program (Deadline: March 27)

MSU Rural Medical & Science Scholars Program

Duke University Summer Session

Duke University invites you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:

  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
  • seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.

Apply for one of Duke's summer programs here.

Summer Pre-College Programs at Carnegie Mellon

For over 100 years, Carnegie Mellon has offered students unique and hands-on educational programs from the fine arts to technology and everything in between. Through the Carnegie Mellon Pre-College Program, rising juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to experience this world-class education.

Mirroring the undergraduate experience, our Pre-College program gives students the opportunity to explore their interests while receiving instruction from acclaimed Carnegie Mellon faculty and staff. Students will also participate in a robust outside of the classroom experience.

Our summer Pre-College program options include the following:

  • Summer Session, students take two full-length Carnegie Mellon courses in a variety of disciplines, ranging from Computer Science, History to Music Technology.
  • Summer Academy for Math and Science, provides students from underrepresented communities the opportunity to achieve skills to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields.
  • National High School Game Academy, for students who want to learn about modern video game development through a unique blend of left- and right-brain college-level work.
  • Computational Biology, a three-week program for students looking to learn more about the intersection of the two disciplines.
  • Unique programs in the Fine Arts - ArchitectureArtDesignDrama or Music – in which the students experience developing their skills in a conservatory or studio setting.
  • Writing & Culture is our new program this year. Guided by the mentorship and instruction of our highly distinguished, permanent faculty members, students will improve their ability to analyze complex, ever-changing problems through astute investigations of culture and society.

Students may apply for the program here. Feel free to share this email with any student you think might be interested in applying!

MSU Engineering Summer Bridge Program

Mississippi State Summer Bridge Program Flyer

Ole Miss Pre-College Programs and Competitions

The academic competitions and conference hosted on the UM campus are designed to inspire and engage students. The events range across a large spectrum of academic studies. Some of the events require students work as a group and some are geared toward the individual. These competitions and conference allow students the opportunity to step out of their comfort zone, to showcase their talent and skills, and to gain confidence and connections that can help to share their future in a positive way. 

Click here for full info. If you are interested in any of these programs, see your counselor ASAP. 

Central Election Power Association Youth Leadership Program

Are you currently a high school junior and your parent(s) or legal guardian receives electric service from Central Electric Power Association? If so, you are eligible to apply to represent Central Electric Power Association in the Electric Cooperatives of Mississippi Youth Leadership Workshop Feb. 26 - 28 and the NRECA Washington, D.C. Youth Tour, June 20-26.

Click here for more information. 

Boston University's Summer Term High School Programs 

Applications are now live for the 2020 Summer Term High School Programs at Boston University, via the website at

BU is offering five pre-college programs for students to choose from. All five provide rigorous and collaborative college life experiences that will enable students to gain a strong sense of their personal and academic potential. Here is a brief overview of our programs:

  • High School Honors is a six-week residential, commuter, or online program in which students take Boston University undergraduate courses and earn up to eight transferable college credits. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
  • RISE Internship/Practicum is a six-week, non-credit residential or commuter program in which students conduct scientific research in a university lab under the guidance of a faculty mentor. Students must be U.S. citizens and entering their senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
  • Academic Immersion (AIM) is a three-week, non-credit residential program for students to focus intensively on a single academic topic while enjoying and experiencing life on a college campus. This summer we are offering three AIM tracks: Introduction to Experimental Psychology, Introduction to Medicine, and Creative Writing. Each track combines classroom work in the subject area with experiential learning activities. Students must be entering their junior or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
  • Summer Challenge is a two-week residential program in which students take two non-credit seminars of their choice and experience life on a college campus. Students must be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year of high school in Fall 2020.
  • Summer Preview is a one-week, non-credit commuter or residential program in which students explore one subject of interest while previewing the college experience. Students must be entering their freshman or sophomore year of high school in Fall 2020.

Please refer all questions to

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies Summer Program

Stanford University is offering a variety of summer studies programs for 2020. Stanford offers programs across a wide variety of disciplines—including arts, business, humanities, math, science, and more—allowing highly motivated students to investigate advanced topics not typically taught in secondary schools. Participants engage in small classes with brilliant instructors and peers who share their passions.

Click Here To Learn More About Our Summer Programs

Deadlines for most of the summer programs are in February, with some early round deadlines in January. Admission is selective. Limited financial aid is available.

  • Stanford Summer Humanities Institute brings students in grades 10 and 11 together to explore the big questions at the heart of the humanities. Seminars are led by distinguished Stanford professors during this three-week residential program.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes allows students currently in grades 8–11 to apply to a single-subject intensive course selected from a wide range of disciplines, and benefit from small class size and academically themed residences. 
  • Stanford AI4ALL invites students in 9th grade to apply to this three-week residential summer program. Participants learn about topics in AI, partake in ongoing research at Stanford, and receive mentorship from professors, graduate students, and industry professionals. Young women and students from underrepresented and/or low-income backgrounds are particularly encouraged to apply. 
  • Stanford University Mathematics Camp (SUMaC) students participate in a highly-selective program centered around lectures, guided research, and group problem-solving in advanced math topics. This four-week program is intended for an elite group of talented students in grades 10 and 11.
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate University-Level Online Math and Physics offers 13 courses throughout the year, including a summer term for high school students, grades 9–12. Students earn Stanford University Continuing Studies credit.