Producers Scholarship Applications due March 1

The Producers is the parent organization for YPAS. Each year, The Producers awards nine $1,500 scholarships for college expenses, and one additional $500 to one of the scholarship recipients. Any current YPAS senior can apply who Plans to major in a performing arts-related field in college (performance, technical or production, performing arts education); and Demonstrates … Read moreProducers Scholarship Applications due March 1

SOPHOMORES/JUNIORS: Applications Open for Governor School for the Arts

Good afternoon students (10th and 11th grades) and families! The much anticipated Governor’s School for the Arts application is scheduled for availability on Wednesday, Oct. 3rd.  As you eagerly await the opportunity to complete an application or two(!!), you may go ahead and browse the website and familiarize yourself with the important dates and especially … Read moreSOPHOMORES/JUNIORS: Applications Open for Governor School for the Arts

SENIORS: Deadlines Soon for Some Great Scholarships

Seniors, some top scholarships have fast-approaching deadlines:  Wells Scholars Program at Indiana University – Monday, 9/10 Robertson Scholars Program at Duke and UNC – Chapel Hill – Monday, 9/10 Jefferson Scholars – University of Virginia – 10/10 Application materials for these extraordinary scholarships must be provided to Mr. Robinson by 2:30 on the due date … Read moreSENIORS: Deadlines Soon for Some Great Scholarships

Debaters Prevail Against KHSSL & Score Big With Wyatt Wilson Scholarships

Debate Team Year End Picnic

submitted by Leslie King and Erica Cooper, Debate Coach

duPont Manual Debaters Prevail in Grievance against Kentucky High School Speech League (KHSSL) over State Tournament Seeding and Bracketing Errors; Debate Club Scores Big with Wyatt Wilson Scholarships

Led by team captains Ria Jain and Mark Raj, five students, five parents, and sponsor/coach Erica Cooper presented and spoke on Saturday, April 21, in Elizabethtown about the grievance filed by duPont Manual High School against the KHSSL, giving students a chance to put their debate skills to use in a real-life experience. The outcome was a unanimous decision by the KHSSL Board of Directors to award dual championship awards to the debate divisions with seeding and bracketing errors discovered by our students at the state championship. Because of the efforts of our school’s debate club members, students from all over the state of Kentucky will receive trophies and National Speech & Debate Association (NSDA) points that they did not receive at the conclusion of the state championships. Due to the corrections, duPont Manual Debate Club is proud to announce two new state champion wins:

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Seniors: Now is the time to apply for PTSA Scholarships

Did you know that the duPont Manual PTSA awards several scholarships each May? This year, up to four one-time gifts of $600 each will be awarded to seniors who are continuing their education at the college level. To be eligible for these scholarships, please complete the application here. The deadline is March 16, 2018 and recipients will be notified in May 2018. 

Additionally, up to one No Barriers scholarship will be awarded by the PTSA to a Senior in the ECE program. This one-time $600 award may be used for continuing education, vocational training, or steps toward independent living. The application deadline is also March 16, 2018. For more information and the application, please contact the ECE teachers.

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2017 PTSA Scholarship Award Winners

2017 PTSA Scholarship Awards

In 2015, the PTSA established a program to offer scholarships to graduating seniors; this year the amount was $600 each. There is an application process and a review panel that evaluates the applications. The students who apply are judged on their service to the PTSA and involvement in the Manual community, along with academics and teacher references. 

The PTSA also awards a scholarship to a GAP or ECE student. To be considered, the student must be a graduating senior and member in good standing of the duPont Manual PTSA. There are no requirements (grade point average, etc.) other than having overcome significant obstacles on the path to graduation!

The awards are given annually at the Senior Scholarship Night. This year the recipients of the scholarships were: Sydney Blocker, Caroline Hawk, Richard Wilson, Austin Kline, and Savannah Brooks (not pictured).

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Scholarships and Opportunities: Week of February 27

Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program in Art

The Pratt Institute 2017 Summer PreCollege Program provides high school students with rigorous college level art, design and creative thinking courses, modeled after Pratt Institute’s undergraduate offerings. Classes are taught by Pratt faculty who are committed to sharing their expertise in the fields of art and design. Students enrolled in credit bearing PreCollege classes receive elective credits accepted at Pratt and most colleges and universities. Participating students will have the opportunity to:

  • Explore the possibility of studying art, design, architecture, creative writing, or critical and visual studies at the college level.
  • Confirm that this is the subject you want to study in college.
  • Develop your skills through college-level coursework, using a variety of tools, materials, and techniques.
  • Develop a body of work for your portfolio for admission to college.
  • Meet other students who share your interests.
  • Get a preview of the college experience.

Click here for more information and to download application materials.

The Wooldridge Family Scholarship

This scholarship, valued at $250, is a one-time gift given to a duPont Manual/ YPAS graduating senior who will be attending a Christian University, Christian College or pursuing the ministry. The scholarship is in honor of Donald C. Wooldridge (Class of 1952) and presented by Larry A. Wooldridge (Athletic Director, Assistant Principal, Principal 2002-2013), Denise Wooldridge, Ian Wooldridge (Class of 2011), Andy Wooldridge (Class of 2012), and Riley Wooldridge. Interested applicants must submit a resume and an essay of 250 words or less detailing why they are attending a Christian school or pursuing the ministry. A committee will select an annual recipient and the award will be presented at the annual “duPont Manual Senior Award Night.”

Please submit your essay and resume to Mr. Robinson no later than the close of school on Thursday, March 9, 2017.

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Scholarships and Opportunities: Week of February 20

Philadelphia International Music Camp & Festival

Study this summer with members of the Philadelphia Orchestra! Held on the campus of Bryn Mawr College, one of America’s top 30 most beautiful college campuses (Travel and Leisure Magazine).

Seven program options:

  • Orchestra
  • Solo Performance
  • Symphonic Winds & Concert Band
  • Soloist’s Ensemble
  • Chamber Music Intensive
  • Piano
  • Opera Theatre

Private lessons, master classes, and faculty recitals with members of the world-renowned Philadelphia Orchestra and other internationally-acclaimed musicians. Summer Music Camps in June and July – includes one, two, and four week sessions. Open to students at all skills levels.

The Solo Performance, Chamber Music Intensive, and Piano programs are by audition only.

Register online at and click here for more info.

Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference

The Sewanee Young Writers’ Conference at the University of the South is just the place for aspiring authors, poets, and playwrights. For 23 years now the Conference—ranked as one of the top five such programs in the country—has played host to young writers ready to polish and perfect their literary work. The 2017 summer session runs July 2–15 on the scenic mountaintop campus of the University of the South in Sewanee, Tennessee. Participants are rising 10th, 11th, and 12th grade writers. Click here for more info. Application review will begin on February 27.

The Rotary Club of Louisville Speech Contest

The Rotary Club of Louisville is sponsoring a speech contest with cash prizes – win up to $2,200! Will accept up to six students and three of those will definitely win cash prizes. Please see the flyer here and complete the student form here. While public speaking can be challenging for many students, this is a very relaxed and friendly contest with only 4-6 people observing. Contact Karen Morrison, Speech Contest Coordinator, for more info.

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