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.

University of Pittsburgh College Prep and Leadership Academy

Want to strengthen your leadership skills while also strengthening your competitive edge in the college admissions process?  If so, click here to learn more about a summer program July 9-14 at the University of Pittsburgh that helps you with these goals and objectives.

Charles T. Steele Scholarship

Valued at $1,000 – for graduating seniors with a minimum ACT score of 18, minimum GPA of 2.8, that can demonstrate financial need, and have been accepted to and will attend a two or four year post-secondary institution. Click here for the application.

Wofford Scholars Program

Wofford proudly announces the 69th annual Wofford Scholars Program. Qualified candidates are eligible to compete for scholarships ranging from $3,000 per year up to full scholarship, which is valued at approximately $45,000 per year.

  • Students must rank in the top 10% of the class.  (If your school does not rank, you may be asked to send transcripts; please do not mail or fax transcripts unless requested.)
  • They must have achieved a minimum score of 1300 (critical reading and math combined) on the PSAT or SAT, or 28 composite on the PLAN or ACT.
  • They must, in your opinion, demonstrate qualities of scholarship, leadership, and potential for success.
  • All students who are nominated for this program must apply to either our Early Decision or Early Action deadline.

Nominees are screened by the Wofford Scholars Selection Committee.  If students meet the Scholars’ criteria, they will be invited to participate in Wofford Scholars Day in November. This program includes interviews for the students and various information sessions for nominees and their parents.

If you wish to be nominated for this program, contact Mr. Robinson by March 15, 2017.

West Virginia University School of Music Summer Music Offerings

Learn more and sign up here.

WV International Piano Competitions at the Intersection of Jazz and Classical Music Piano Festival
June 2-4

Mountaineer Music Academy in Leadership
June 16-20
Drum majors, instrumental and vocal leaders, and those that aspire to be leaders

Mountaineer Music Academy in Performance
June 21-24
Concert Band, Jazz, Chamber, Chorus, and Harp Ensembles

Viola Bootcamp
June 19-22

Smithsonian Folkways Certification Course in World Music Pedagogy
June 26-30

Percussion Camp
June 26-30

International Flute Symposium
July 3-9

Cornell University’s Summer College Programs

Cornell’s Summer College is one of the longest running and most highly regarded pre-college academic programs in the U.S. Over 1,300 motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world come to the Cornell campus in Ithaca, New York, each summer for an extraordinary academic and cultural experience.

At Summer College, students:

  • experience what it’s like to live and learn at a great Ivy League university,
  • take regular university courses with Cornell’s world-renowned faculty,
  • earn three to six college credits, recorded on an official Cornell transcript,
  • explore majors and career options,
  • learn how to prepare successful applications to U.S. colleges, and
  • make friends from around the world.

Programs are offered during two three-week sessions (June 24–July 15 and July 16–August 5, 2017) and one six-week session (June 24–August 8, 2017) in a wide variety of subjects, including architecture, art, design, and fashion; business, hospitality, and leadership; college success and English for speakers of other languages; debate and literature; engineering and robotics; government, history, and international relations; psychology, research, and science; social change and sustainability; and veterinary medicine and animal science. Students can also create their own six-week program. Learn more here.

Kelley School of Business Business is Global Summer Language Program

The Business is Global program is a two week program for rising high school sophomores, juniors and seniors that offers students the opportunity to be transported into a world of international business, language, and culture from around the world. No passport necessary! The program is a unique blend of culture, language, and international business learning that will provide students an introduction into the myriad opportunities available in today’s global marketplace. During their two weeks, students will be introduced to:

• Cultures and business practices from three regions around the world: East Asia, the Middle East & North Africa, and Turkey
• Less commonly taught languages from three emerging economies: Mandarin Chinese, Arabic, and Turkish
• Business fundamentals from KSB’s top ranked faculty: including Finance, Operations, Marketing, Strategy, Entrepreneurship, and more

The application deadline is April 5, 2017. Click here for more info.

Smith College Women of Distinction Program

Women of Distinction is a program for high school seniors that highlights the opportunities at Smith for African American, Latina, Asian American, and Native American students. Admission is competitive. Smith will provide round-trip transportation, meals and accommodations for all participants. The application will be available on Monday, May 1, 2017. The deadline to apply is Friday, June 16, 2017.  Please note that the deadline is earlier than in years prior and only current high school juniors are eligible to apply. The program will take place on October 20-22, 2017

Syracuse University

The Syracuse University Summer College 2017 application is now live. Summer College students will:

  • Choose from 30+ credit and non-credit programs, 2 to 6 weeks in length
  • Explore college majors and future professions
  • Develop their portfolio for Art, Design, or Architecture school
  • Study at the college level – all programs are led by SU faculty and instructors
  • Make lifelong friends from across the country and around the world

Applications are reviewed on a rolling basis – and many programs fill early – so don’t delay.

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany

Purdue Polytechnic New Albany will have an Open House on Thursday, March 2 from 5 p.m. – 7 p.m. Tour classrooms and labs, meet faculty and staff, and learn about the admissions process. Click here for details, including a list of degrees offered at Purdue Polytechnic New Albany. If you have any questions about this event or would like to schedule an individual tour, contact