Summer Programs

Many opportunities await students interested in attending a summer program.  It could be for college credit, to expand your horizons and enhance your resume’, to explore career options, or increase your skills.  A few are offered for free, however, most will have a fee.  Keep in mind that many of those with a fee offer scholarships or financial aid.  Watch the deadline dates. Deadlines may be listed, however, occasionally these are rolling deadlines and the program could be filled before the stated date. Do not hesitate to contact the program with any questions you may have.

If you have any questions on summer programs, please feel free to stop by the Guidance Office, email or call a school counselor at (859) 525-5844.

Governor’s School for Entrepreneurs
-Open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
-This three-week residential program will immerse students in a creative space and arm them with the tools needed to unleash their innate entrepreneurial spirits for the betterment of Kentucky. Motivated teams of high school students develop a business model, design a prototype, and pitch their startup to a large audience and panel of judges. At GSE, students learn about the opportunities, benefits and pitfalls of taking a business concept from the idea phase to pitching it to potential investors. GSE does not look at GPA or test scores because some of the best entrepreneurs aren’t necessarily the best test takers. They look for creative thinkers who can work hard. Those who attend are often eligible for more scholarship opportunities when applying to colleges.
-See Mr. Sarge for more details on GSE
-Deadline: January 20, 2021

Governor’s School for the Arts
-Open to current sophomores and juniors
-For three weeks every summer, Kentucky’s most talented and creative high school students are invited to grow and learn together at the Governor’s School for the Arts’ college summer residence program.  Students are offered in-depth instruction from a supportive community of distinguished master-teachers in one of nine artistic disciplines: architecture + design, creative writing, dance, drama, instrumental music, musical theatre, new media, visual art, and vocal music. Those who are accepted will attend this residential program for free. You will want to start this application process early. Those who attend are often eligible for more scholarship opportunities when applying to colleges.
-See Mr. Sarge for more details on GSA
-Deadline: January 10, 2021

Governor’s Scholars Program
-Open to juniors
-The Kentucky Governor’s Scholars Program strives to enhance Kentucky’s next generation of civic and economic leaders. The program provides academic and personal growth through the balance of a strong liberal arts program with a full co-curricular and residential life experience. Students must complete an application and compete with others from across the state to be accepted. Those selected attend the 5-week program free of charge on a Kentucky college campus. Participation in GSP brings more scholarship opportunities when applying to colleges.
-SHDHS students attend informational meetings with Mr. Sarge and commit to the application process in September/October.
-See Mr. Sarge for more information on GSP


Miami University Accounting Program
Framer School of Business
-Open to sophomores, junior and seniors
-July 29-31, 20021 / 2 hour virtual sessions each day
-Network with Big 4 Accounting firms the the Farmer School of Business Accounting interns, utilize a Strengths Finder Assessment, professional development workshops and overview of accounting practices
-Deadline: May 25, 2021

Georgetown College, Georgetown, KY
Math and Science Summer Camp
Pre-College Academic Experience in Math and Science (PAEMS)
-Open to students entering 10th, 11th, or 12th grades
-Held for two weeks in June
-PAEMS is a two-week residential camp for highly motivated students wishing to explore and develop their interests in math and science while gaining a preview of college life.
-Astronomy, Biology, Chemistry, Mathematics, Environmental Science, Ecology, Statistics and Computing
-Deadline: Not listed – Enrollment limited to 26 students – Apply early

The Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Academy
-Open to current sophomores and juniors
-Equality and Justice: Principles as Foundation / Deep discussions on critical issues with scholars, policy makers, and national thought leaders
-Week-long residential program in Arlington, VA
-Held in July
-Deadline: Not listed – Space is limited apply early

Northern Kentucky University Summer Academies
In person and virtual
NKU Center for Integrative Natural Science & Mathematics
-NKU offers summer programs in STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math)
-Programs are held in June or July and last about a week
-Deadline is not listed.  Apply early, programs close when full / limited spots available

Gateway Community & Technical College (Edgewood campus) /North Central Area Health Education Center
Health Careers Camps – 2021 Virtual Camps
-Three days in June
-Open to current freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors
-Learn basic job duties of health care professionals and other activities
-Deadline: May 28, 2021  Apply early as the program is limited to 40 students
Go to Programs then Health Careers, and Health Careers Camp

University of Kentucky Virtual or on Campus Design Camp
-Open to rising juniors and seniors
-7 day camp in June or July
-Modeled after the College of Design’s undergraduate curriculum where students will virtually explore the fabrication lab, learn analog and digital techniques, ending the workshop with a completed portfolio project
Deadline: Not listed
-More information and to apply go to:

Institute for Future Agricultural Leaders Conference
-Sponsored by Kentucky Farm Bureau Federation
-Held on the campuses of University of Kentucky and Murray State University
-Open to current juniors
-5 day conference to understand the need of the agricultural industry, career opportunities, basic and applied science in agriculture, and the role of the Farm Bureau in agricultural policy
-Deadline: April 28, 2021
-Contact your County Farm Bureau office or visit

University of Cincinnati
1) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp (cancelled for 2021)
-Deadline: February 24, 2020
2) Engineering & Applied Science Summer Camp (This will be a free virtual program in 2021)
-Deadline: April 16, 2021
3) Women of Color in Engineering Summer Camp (This will be a free virtual program in 2021)
-Deadline: April 16, 2021

University of Kentucky Forest Leadership Program
-Open to sophomores and juniors
-Held in June
-Overnight experience, students choose from the Entomology, Forestry or Wildlife option
-Held at the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest in Eastern Kentucky
-Deadline: May 21, 2021 – Apply early

Ohio River Foundation Student Conservation Leaders
-Open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
-One week session
-Paddle, fish, hike, sample, observe, and engage in restoration activities in the Ohio River Watershed
-Full and partial scholarships available
-Deadline: April 15, 2021

St. Elizabeth Healthcare
M.O.O.N. Medical-Observation-Opportunity-Network
-Exposes high school student to the profession of being a physician through observation of a physician’s day-to-day life, must be 16 at start of program
-Five days in July
-Deadline: April 1, 2021

University of Louisville Young Leaders Academy
-Open to students in grades 9-12
-NO COST to the student!
-Participants stay on campus of the University of Louisville under the guidance of McConnell Center staff
-Hone your leadership skills and further your understanding of American history
-5 days in June
-Final application deadline: April 23, 2021

Commonwealth Honors Academy at Murray State University, Murray, KY 
-Open to current juniors
-NO COST to students / held in June
-Three week program of academic and personal growth
-3.5 GPA, approximately 25 ACT, community involvement, teacher recommendations
-Participants receive six hours of transferable university studies credit, opportunity to take six hours of tuition-free Murray State University courses during your senior year, guaranteed four-year $2,000 per year housing scholarship at Murray
-Deadline: March 15, 2021

Kentucky Boys and Girls State Programs (also Boys and Girls Nation)
-Open to juniors
-One week residential programs
-Exposure to local, state, and federal government operations, run for office in mock government positions
Girls:    2021 program will be held virtually, deadline is May 15, 2021
Deadline: Not listed, however, in the spring. Check with your local American Legion Post

University of Kentucky/Area Health Education Centers
Programs will be held virtual for 2021
1) Health Researchers Youth Academy
-Held June
-Open to current juniors
-Cost: Free!
2) Health Summer Enrichment Programs
-Held June
-Open to current sophomores
Cost: Free!
-Deadline: March 13, 2021

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Summer Scholars Program
-For rising juniors and seniors
-Provides an early college experience for academically talented students
-Deadline: May 1, 2021

ArtWorks Youth Apprentice
-Open to students 14 – 21 years old
-Summer jobs range from 4-10 weeks
-Hourly pay: $10.88
-Visual arts-mostly painting
-For 2021 sign up for a virtual information session on January 20, February 4, March 10 or August 12 for more details

University of Dayton Vocal / Musical Performance Institute
-Open to all high school students
-Held for 5 days in June
-Daily individual lessons, workshops, prepare for college music programs
-Deadline: Not listed

University of Dayton, Dayton, OH
Summer Honors Engineering Camp
Minority Engineering & Technology Camp for Men
Women in Engineering Summer Camp
-Hands on learning guided by UD professors
-Deadline: Non listed, accepted on a rolling basis

Marian University, Indianapolis, IN
Missionary Disciples Institute
-Open to rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
-Held for one week in June
-Student participants will journey through the tracks (serve, teach, partner, proclaim, and pray), designed to help students lead their peers into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ
-Deadline: March 1, 2021

Cincinnati Children’s Hospital Medical Center, Cincinnati, OH
Summer Internship Program
-Open to graduating seniors interested in pursuing a medical career
-Work 20 hours per week in one of 8 pediatric clinical specialties
-Paying $1,408   $8.80/hour
-Learn about careers in pediatric medicine
-Deadline: March 12, 2021
-Call (513) 636-8918 with questions
Apply online:

Murray State University, Murray, KY
Summer Art Workshop /  Vocal Art Camp / Writers Workshop / Performing Arts / Chess Camp
-Open to all students
-Deadline: Varies by program

The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop
Dennison University, Granville, OH
-Open to current sophomores and juniors
-8-day workshop held in June
-Develop your talents and visions as a beginning poet or writer
-Generous financial assistance is available to participants
-Deadline: March 8, 2021

St. Elizabeth Healthcare Volunteer Services
Summer High School Volunteer Program
-Teens must be 14 year old
-Must commit to a minimum of 8 weeks/3-4 hours per week
-Registration opens April 19, 2021 – Apply ASAP

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY
Scholars Academy (Choose a Leadership Development track or a STEM track)
-Open to rising seniors
-Cost: Minimal
-On week residential program held in June / upon completion participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship to KWC
-Deadline: May 28, 2021

University of Kentucky
Engineering Summer Programs
-Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
-One week in June
-Need based scholarships available
-Deadline: Rolling basis so apply ASAP

Thomas More University, Crestview Hills, KY
S.T.E.M. (Science, Technology, Engineering and Math) Summer Institute
-Open to current freshmen, sophomores or juniors
-2.0 GPA
-Held in July
-Hands on learning at the Center for Ohio River Research and Education at the TMC Biology Field Station and Bank of Kentucky Observatory of TMC
-Cost: $500 (financial assistance for those in need)
-Register by April 2, 2021

Cincinnati Zoo Teens Volunteer Program
-Open to students ages 13-17 by May 1st
-Volunteer season is Memorial Day through August 31st
-Engage guests at the Zoo through interpretation and environmental messaging at different animal habitats and kids summer camps
-Develop leadership, interpersonal communication, and professional skills
-Deadline: February 28, 2021

University of Kentucky Sports Camps
-Open to all high school students
-Various sports camps available
-Deadline: Varies

Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IN
Summer Seminary Immersion Program
-Open to high school men
-Two week program in June
-Deadline: March 29, 2021

Newport Aquarium WAVE Foundation Volunteer Program
-Open to students 14-17 years old
1) Summer Naturalist
–  Receive training on animals and exhibits, engage the public by providing interpretation of exhibits
2) Camp Counselor
-For those interested in science, teaching or working with children
-Deadline: December 15, 2020

University of Notre Dame, South Bend, IN
Leadership Seminars
-Open to juniors
– Cost: FREE! All expenses paid including travel to and from Notre Dame
-10 day program for academically talented students who show impressive leadership ability
-Applicants are usually in the top 10% of class, 31 or above on ACT Math and Reading, and demonstrated leadership activities
-Deadline: January 25, 2021 (Financial Aid Form Request due by January 18, 2021)

University of Cincinnati
DAAP Camps-Numerous art and design camps (Day camps and residential camps)

United States Naval Academy
STEM Program (Science Technology Engineering Mathematics)
-Open to current 9-11th graders
-5-day residential programs at the Naval Academy
-Deadline: Not listed

United States Air Force Academy
Summer Seminar
-Open to current juniors
-5 day program
-Deadline: January 15, 2021

Military Academy at West Point
Summer Leadership Experience
-5 day program
-Deadline: March 15, 2021 however, apply early!

Sullivan University (Lexington & Louisville campuses)
Culinary, Baking and Pastry Camps, Med Camp, Pharmacy Camp
-Deadline: Varies

Close Up Summer Academy Washington DC
-Six day program – various weeks available to choose from
-Discuss & debate current issues with peers from schools nationwide, gain inside access to key policy and media experts, student led mock congress, visit monuments, possibility to earn college credit from the University of Virginia
-Financial aid available through program

U. S. Department of State 
1) Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Program
(Other programs are listed -this is just a sample)
2) American Youth Leadership Program
-Ages 15-17
-Program for students and educators to travel abroad on a three-four week long exchange

U. S. Department of State
1) Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
-Student Exchange Program for American and German students
– Each year 300 students receive full scholarships
2) Congress-Bundestag Vocational Youth Exchange
-Graduating high school seniors have the opportunity to live with a host family in Germany, and participate in a training or school program or and internship with a German company
-Each year 25 students receive full scholarships

Envision Leadership Forums
-Forum weeks available:
-Medicine, Business, National Security, Engineering, Law & CSI, Aerospace & Aviation
-Deadline on a rolling basis, apply early, scholarship deadline usually in February
-A Guidance counselor can nominate you to the program

Youth For Understanding Intercultural Exchange Scholarship Program
-Open to students who will be 15-18 years old at departure in June
-FULLY FUNDED scholarships to travel to various countries abroad
-Deadline: Varies

INTERalliance IT Camps and Information Sessions
-Various IT camps and virtual information sessions available
-View site for upcoming opportunities
-Deadline: Varies

National Geographic Student Expeditions
-Expeditions, photography workshops, community service
-Cost: varies
-Application deadline: Not listed

Northern Kentucky University Journalism & Digital Media Academy
-Five days in July
-Rising 9th – 12th graders
-Learn about: Digital tools, photos and video, news gathering, digital storytelling
-Register at:

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
1) High School Journalism Workshop
-Xposure Journalism Workshop for all high school students
-Held in June
-Cost: FREE! Experience campus life at WKU in the dorms and classrooms
-Students get training in reporting and editing for print, photography and produce a newspaper, as well as mentoring from a diverse group of journalist
-Deadline: April 24, 2020
2) School of Media, Summer Media Workshops – next program will be held in 2022
Broadcasting, Film and Photojournalism
-Open to students in grades 10-12
Deadline: Not listed – apply early

Owen Electric Cooperative Washington Youth Tour
-Open to current juniors in the Owen Electric service area
-FREE! Owen Electric sponsors the student chosen to attend
-Held one week in June
-Learn more about cooperatives, American History, and politics
-Deadline: February 14, 2020

Eleanor Roosevelt Center Girls Leadership Worldwide Program
-Open to girls between the ages of 14-16 during the program
-Nine days in July
-Advocacy and activism, build strong friendships
-Deadline: March 13, 2020


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