Junior Opportunities
  • Below are some opportunities available to students during their junior year. Please take a look. If you are interested, please let Ms. Balsamo or Mrs. Abadiotakis know!

  • Rotary Youth Leadership Award

    The Rotary Club sponsors 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 11/18/22

    Selected students will be notified by 11/29/2022

    Where: Trinity Center, 618 Salter Path, Pine Knoll Shore, NC 28512
    When:  January 27-29, 2023

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    NC Governor's School

    The North Carolina Governor's School is a four-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two campuses. Learning focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and it does not involve credit, tests, or grades. Students are selected to attend through a competitive process after being nominated by their public school unit or non-public school.

    More Information: https://www.dpi.nc.gov/students-families/enhanced-opportunities/governors-school-north-carolina/overview


    Student Enrichment Programs

    Summer programs, workshops, and other activities that don't show up on your transcript can help set you apart during your admissions and interview process. Many organizations across the state offer fun educational programs for students of all ages. Interest areas in these programs range from Marine Science to Engineering, Music to Writing, American Sign Language to Cake Decorating and many more. You can choose from residential camps to day programs, programs located near home or across the state. You don't want to miss out on these opportunities!

    Search for Opportunities: https://www2.cfnc.org/studentEnrichment

    Boys State and Girls State

    Boys State

    Boys’ State is an intense workshop concentrating on North Carolina state government and politics. Only males who have successfully completed their junior or senior year of high school are considered eligible to participate. Delegates representing all geographic areas of North Carolina participate annually in this program.

    To attend Tar Heel Boys’ State the following requirements will be observed:

    1. Only males who have successfully completed their junior year or senior year of high school will be considered as a delegate to Tar Heel Boys’ State.
    2. Only young men with outstanding qualities of Leadership, Character, Scholarship, Loyalty and Service to their schools should be considered as possible delegates to Tar Heel Boys’ State.
    3. Tar Heel Boys’ State welcomes delegates who evidence a handicap. Due to the demands of the program, the nature and extent of any handicap must be considered. Before a handicapped candidate is approved as a delegate, the sponsoring Post must have the approval of the Director so that any necessary special arrangements can be made.
    4. Any delegate who has previously attended Tar Heel Boys’ State is not eligible to attend a second session. However, a former citizen of the program is always welcome to visit as an alumnus. He may also be considered as a possible counselor to serve with the program.

    More Information: https://nclegion.org/boys-state-2/

    Girls State

    Rising seniors from across the state spend a week creating city government, political parties, and a state government. They elect officials, write and debate bills, create working governments and attend various workshops to prepare them for their senior year and college. 


    1. Must be a junior in high school at the time of her selection.

    2. Must be between the ages of 16 and 18 years.

    3. Must be ranked in the top 1/3 of her class academically or have at least an unweighted GPA of 3.0. 

    4. Must be residents of North Carolina for a minimum of 1 year prior to their selection for the program and be attending high school in North Carolina.

    5. Must be a U.S. Citizen or a legal resident of the United States.

    6. Must be mature individuals capable of setting priorities and be in good physical condition to withstand the week's intense activities and demanding schedule. If there are concerns, please contact alathgs@gmail.com 

    7. Preference will be given to children of veterans of the U.S. Military.

    8. If selected, citizen must attend an orientation session. 

    More Information: https://www.alathgs.com/

    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 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. Deadline is in January every year. 

    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.