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List of Enrichment Programs that Offer Financial Aid

Caltech YESS program

The YESS program is dedicated to exposing talented students to the many facets of a career in the sciences and engineering, while equipping them with the analytical and experimental tools to succeed. The program aims to increase the representation of under-represented students in the science and engineering fields.

Duke Talent Identification Program (TIP)
Summer Studies Program

Duke TIP Summer Studies Programs offer students in grades 7–10 the opportunity to learn highly challenging material at a rate suited to their advanced abilities. Students enroll in a single Duke TIP-designed course for three weeks of in-depth study; they attend nearly 40 hours of class each week between Monday morning and Saturday afternoon.

Harvard Medical School: Project Success

Opening the Door to Biomedical Careers is an 8-week, paid, "hands-on" summer research internship program. Students are matched with basic science or clinical investigators in settings within Harvard Medical School and the medical community—basic science laboratories, teaching hospitals, community and biotechnology sites. Students have a variety of laboratory experiences, acquire state-of-the-art scientific knowledge and technical skills, and increase their understanding of how to conduct scientific research. The students are assigned mentors, either Harvard Medical School faculty or staff, who provide guidance and career counseling.

Harvard Secondary School Program

The Secondary School Program (SSP) offers high school students the opportunity to live and study at Harvard University in Cambridge, Massachusetts. Students accepted to the SSP can choose from among 200 courses in 45 liberal arts fields, many of which are taught by Harvard faculty who teach the same courses to Harvard undergraduates during the academic year. Through workshops, conferences, and other activities, students will also learn more about the college application process and prepare for what lies ahead outside high school, both academically and personally.


MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) is a rigorous six-week residential, academic enrichment summer program for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science, engineering, and entrepreneurship. This national program stresses the value and reward of pursuing advanced technical degrees and careers while developing the skills necessary to achieve success in science and engineering in an increasingly racially and ethnically diverse nation and world. MITES is rooted in MIT's belief in the importance to our nation that minorities and other underrepresented segments of the population pursue higher education and careers in these fields.

MS2 : Philips Academy Andover

The MS2 program primarily focuses on urban areas and economically disadvantaged students. The program is open to African-American and Latino students from public schools in Atlanta, Ga.; Baltimore, Md.; Boston, Mass.; Chicago, Ill.; Cleveland and Dayton, Ohio; Fort Worth, Texas; Lawrence, Mass.; Louisville, Ky.; Memphis, Tenn.; New York, N.Y.; and Washington, D.C. Native American students may apply from any geographic area of the United States. Our program gives these students the opportunity to immerse themselves in the study of mathematics and science for three consecutive summers at Phillips Academy in Andover, Mass. The program provides the students with appropriate and rigorous challenges in order to prepare them better or put them in a position for possible careers in engineering, science, medicine, computer technology and other technical fields.

Stanford High School Summer College

Stanford's High School Summer College provides academic, social, and intellectual opportunities that cannot be found in a high school classroom. You will have the chance to take challenging courses while interacting with students and scholars from around the world. You have the opportunity to earn Stanford University credit while taking advantage of the exciting scholarly resources available to members of the Stanford community. At the same time, you can sample the unique entertainment and outdoor recreation activities on campus and in the culturally rich San Francisco Bay Area.

Summer at Johns Hopkins

This summer, join the Johns Hopkins Pre-College Summer Program and get a taste of life at one of America's most prestigious universities. You'll meet students from all over the world, take classes that can earn you college credit, and live on campus in Baltimore, Maryland, an exciting city with lots to do—all in a carefully structured and widely acclaimed program. Immersion-style classes and personal attention from world-renowned Hopkins faculty members combine to let you dig deep into fascinating subjects. When class is out, join your new friends in specially planned activities, dances, and excursions. Summertime on the Homewood campus is relaxed, but you'll always be busy with something fun—and safe—to do. Discover for yourself what life at Johns Hopkins is all about...and get an edge on the competition for college admission.

The Summer Science Program

The Summer Science Program (SSP) is a residential enrichment program in which gifted high school students complete a challenging, hands-on research project in celestial mechanics. By day, students learn college-level astronomy, calculus, and physics. By night, working in teams of three, they take telescopic observations of an asteroid, measure them precisely, and write software to convert their measurements into a mathematical description of the asteroid's orbit. Stimulating guest speakers and field trips round out the curriculum.

University of Notre Dame Pre-College Programs

Notre Dame's Pre-College Programs offer four inspiring summer opportunities for exceptional student leaders.

  • ND Summer Scholars is a unique opportunity for academically outstanding high school students to explore one of thirteen academic fields of study. For two weeks, participants become part of the Notre Dame student body, through their academic studies, social interactions, and spiritual encounters. Limited scholarship funds are available for socio-economically and ethnically underrepresented students.
  • African American Scholars at Notre Dame is a week-long seminar that offers outstanding young Catholic African American high school students the opportunity to explore the rich historical, political and spiritual legacy of African American leadership and to enhance their own leadership abilities during one week on the Notre Dame campus. Based on the legacies of African Americans in civil rights, politics, and religion, the seminar seeks to educate and empower participants to produce viable strategies for leadership, and visions of change in their future. Academic experiences are complemented by time for spiritual reflection, personal development, and recreation. All program expenses including round trip transportation to the campus are covered by the University of Notre Dame.
  • The Latino Community Leadership Seminar encourages students to explore the role of Latinos in US society through a series of presentations, discussions, and experiences. Students will examine how their values and experiences interact with political, economic, and social realities to produce new avenues for effective Latino leadership. The seminar will develop a strong commitment to community service derived from the values of Latino culture and of the Catholic social tradition. All program expenses including round trip transportation to the campus are covered by the University of Notre Dame.
  • Through a series of integrated themes and experiences, the week-long Global Issues Seminar addresses the issue of whether - in an era of rapid globalization - peace and justice might be achieved, and how those who take Catholic social teaching seriously might plan a role in that process. The students will examine how the values we possess might interact with political, economic, and social realities to produce viable strategies in the future. The Global Issues Seminar is fully underwritten by the University of Notre Dame. All program, meal and housing and extracurricular expenses, including round-trip transportation to Notre Dame, are paid for by the University.

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