Junior Opportunities
  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award

    The Rotary Club sponsers a leadership training experience for 3 DHS juniors. RYLA in Eastern NC brings together approximately 90 juniors from Fayetteville to the coast for the three day workshop at Pine Knoll Shores. We look for the “whole student” profile of academics, activity participation and leadership potential with leadership being the most important criteria. If you or your student are interested in attending please contact Ms. Balsamo or Mrs. Abadiotakis. 

    Important Information

    Students should submit their name for consideration by 11/26/2021

    Selected students will be notified on 11/30/2021

    Where: Trinity Center, 618 Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shore, NC 28512
    When:  January 28-30, 2022

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    Carnegie Mellon University: Summer Pre-College Programs

    We are in-person for the summer of 2022, and our application is open!

    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 Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs, rising juniors and seniors in high school have the opportunity to experience a world-class education on a beautiful, vibrant college campus. Our programs prepare them for their upcoming college experience, help them narrow their career focus, and build critical knowledge and skills. Click any area below to learn more. 

    Program Areas include Architecture, Art, Computational Biology, Design, Drama, Music, National High School Game Academy, Writing & Culture, and Summer Session courses are avaialble. There are limited scholarships available for these programs


    Free Programs include AI4AII @Carneie Mellon, Computer Science Scholars, Summer Academy for Math and Science

    The Coolidge Scholarship

    The Coolidge Scholarship is a full-ride, four-year, merit scholarship that may be used by recipients for undergraduate study at any accredited college or university in the United States. Any high school junior who plans to enroll in college in the fall of 2023 and is an American citizen or legal permanent resident is eligible to apply (current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Winners may use the scholarship to pursue any academic major. 

    The competition for the Coolidge Scholarship is significant -- only a few new Coolidge Scholarships are awarded each year from a pool of candidates that spans the entire country. Even so, students have reported to us in past years they were glad to have applied even if they didn’t win because the experience helped prepare them for college applications later on. Furthermore, the Coolidge Foundation invites one hundred of the top Coolidge Scholarship applicants to participate in the Coolidge Senators Program, which includes an all-expenses-paid Summit in Washington, D.C. and a $1,000 scholarship. This year Coolidge Senators met important leaders such as David Malpass, president of the World Bank, and Homer Hickam, the NASA scientist whose own inspiring boyhood formed the basis for the film October Sky. Students also had the chance to meet with key executives in medical science and banking. Scholarship applicants are automatically considered for the Senators Program. 

    Alert: the application requires that candidates read President Coolidge’s Autobiography and complete a few other reading assignments. While the book is not overly long, we encourage students to begin the application early. Candidates who begin the application at the last minute are unlikely to be successful. The submission deadline is 5:00 PM eastern time, Wednesday, January 19, 2022.

    www.coolidgescholars.org for more information

     The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans Inc. Scholarship

    As one of the nation’s largest college financial aid programs in the country, the Horatio Alger National Scholarship Program is one of the major scholarship programs nationally that specifically assists high school students who have faced and overcome great obstacles in their young lives. The scholarships are funded by Horatio Alger Members who, like the Scholars, have experienced challenges but ultimately overcame them to become successful business and civic leaders. Scholarships are given to deserving student each year and range in award value from $10,000 to $25,000. 

    To be eligible to apply for the Horatio Alger National Scholarship, applicants must meet the following criteria:

    • Be enrolled full time as a high school junior in the United States - 
    • Exhibit a strong commitment to pursue and complete a bachelor’s degree at an accredited non-profit public or private institution in the United States (students may start their studies at a two-year institution and then transfer to a four-year institution)
    • Demonstrate critical financial need ($55,000 or lower adjusted gross family income is required) - they will require you to fill out tax information or supply a copy of your fafsa. Independent students, foster children, students that qualify for free or reduced lunch, students in the McKinney-Vento program, students with disabilties, and students with families in financial hardship should consider applying
    • Be involved in co-curricular and community service activities
    • Display integrity and perseverance in overcoming adversity
    • Maintain a minimum grade point average (GPA) of 2.0; and
    • Be a United States citizen - children of US citizen born abroad count

    Apply Here. The application can be saved and continued.

    Deadline to apply: March 15th, 2022

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