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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.

Most summer programs have websites listed for you – if not please see a counselor.  If you have any questions on summer programs,  please feel free to call a school counselor at 859.525.5844.

Kentucky Summer Programs and Camps Directory

Day and overnight camps profiled from traditional recreational camps to intensive academic, special needs, and study abroad.

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. During the summer of 2019 GSE will be held at Northern Kentucky University. 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, 2019

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. During the summer of 2019 GSA will be held on the campus of the University of Kentucky. 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 11, 2019

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. Those who attend are often eligible for more scholarship opportunities when applying to colleges.
-SHDHS students attend informational meetings with Mr. Sarge and commit to the application process in September.
-See Mr. Sarge for more information on GSP

Marian University, Indianapolis, IN
Missionary Disciples Institute
-Open to rising freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
-Held for one week in July
-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: April 1, 2019

Kentucky Wesleyan College, Owensboro, KY
Scholars Academy (Choose a Leadership Development track or a STEM track)
-Open to rising seniors
-Cost: $50
-On week residential program held in June / upon completion participants will receive a $1,000 scholarship to KWC
-Deadline: May 24, 2019

University of Kentucky
Women in Engineering Summer Programs
-Open to rising sophomores, juniors and seniors
-Deadline: Rolling basis so apply SASP

Camp Cardiac at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
-Primary focus is on the heart, however, provides a starting point for careers in all fields of medicine
-Open to all students 15-18 – admittance on a first come, first served basis
-One week in July
-Scholarship deadline: April 15 –  Program application deadline: May 10

Camp Neuro at University of Cincinnati College of Medicine
-Primary focus is on care and maintenance of the brain as well as psychology
-Open to all students 15-18 – admittance on a first come, first served basis
-One week in July
-Scholarship deadline: April 15 – Program application deadline: May 10

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 5, 2019
-Contact your County Farm Bureau office of visit

University of Louisville Young Leaders Academy
-Open to students in grades 9-12
-Hone your leadership skills and further your understanding of American history
-5 days in June
-Final application deadline: April 15, 2019

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 1, 2019

-Open to students 14 – 21 years old
-Summer jobs range from 4-10 weeks
-Hourly pay: $10.44
-Visual arts-mostly painting
-Deadline: Online-February 24, 2019; Paper applications due Interview weekend of March 2-3  Click on Get Involved

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, 2019

University of Kentucky Forest Leadership Program
-Open to sophomores and juniors
-Held in June
-Overnight experience, students choose from the Entomology, Forest or Wildlife option
-Held at University of Kentucky’s Lake Cumberland 4-H Educational Center on Lake Cumberland
-Deadline: May 3, 2019 Applications taken on a first-come first served basis-apply early

Gateway Community & Technical College (Edgewood campus) /North Central Area Health Education Center
Gateway Camps
-One week in June
-Open to current freshmen, sophomores, and juniors
-Cost: $10.00
-Hands-on activities, learn basic job duties of health care professionals and tour of clinical depts.
-Deadline: May 24, 2019

INTERalliance IT Careers Camps
-Open to freshmen and sophomores
-Stay on the campus of NKU, Xavier University or UC for a week
-Exposes students to all areas of computer technology through teamwork, problem solving experiences, builds creativity and shows how IT is applied in real-world business situations
-Deadline: Not listed, but accepted on a rolling basis until full (Programs / IT Careers Camp)

University of Cincinnati
1) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp 
-Deadline: March 2, 2019
2) Women in Engineering & Applied Science Summer Camp
-Deadline: February 15, 2019
3) Men in Engineering & Applied Science Summer Camp
-Deadline: February 15, 2019

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 10 pediatric clinical specialities
-Paying $1,368 $8.55/hour
-Learn about careers in pediatric medicine
-Deadline: March 18, 2019
-Call (513) 636-8918 with questions
Apply online:

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 16, 2019 – Apply ASAP

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.
-Five days in July
-Deadline: April 1, 2019

Northern Kentucky University Community Connections
-Open to all high school students
-Variety of sports, academic, nursing, music and personal interest programs available
-Continuously updated as programs are added
-Deadline: varies search: Summer Programs

Northern Kentucky University Summer Academy
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 April 15, 2019 Apply early, programs close when full / limited spots available

The Jonathan R. Reynolds Young Writers Workshop
Dennison University, Granville, OH
-Open to current sophomores, juniors, and seniors
-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 3, 2019

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

Empower Aviation Flight Camp
-Open to all students
-Held at Butler County Regional Airport, Hamilton, OH
-Four day summer camp exploring the career as a professional pilot
-Varies camps begin as early as June
-Call 513-896-9999 for more info

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

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Summer Scholars Program
-For rising juniors and seniors
-Provides an early college experience for academically talented students
-Deadline: May 1, 2019

The Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Academy
-Open to all high school students
-Areas of government, civics, public policy, journalism, economics, constitutional principles
-Week-long residential program in Washington DC
-Held in July
-Earn three college credits upon completion of the program
-Deadline: May 1, 2019 Space is limited apply early

The Henry Clay Center for Statesmanship
National Student Congress 
-Open to juniors
-Cost: FREE
-One week held at Transylvania University, Lexington, KY
-Must have exceptional academic and extracurricular achievement
-Meet with lawmakers, academics, journalists, and civic leaders to discuss the importance of compromise, constructive engagement, and dialogue to resolve conflict and competing interests in a democracy
-Deadline: February 1, 2019

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, and environmental science
-Deadline: Not listed – applications accepted until full

Congregation of Holy Cross, Notre Dame, IN
Summer Seminary Immersion Program
-Open to high school men
-Two week program June 22-July 6, 2019
-Deadline: February 25, 2019

Newport Aquarium WAVE Foundation Volunteer Program
-Open to students 14-17 years old
Summer Naturalist
–  Receive training on animals and exhibits, engage the public by providing interpretation of exhibits
Camp Counselor
-For those interested in science, teaching or working with children
-Deadline: December 15, 2018

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 28, 2019

University of Kentucky/Area Health Education Centers
Health Researchers Youth Academy
-Held June
-Open to current juniors
-Cost: Free!
Health Summer Enrichment Programs
-Held June
-Open to current sophomores
Cost: Free!
-Deadline: March 4, 2019

Murray State University, Murray, KY Commonwealth Honors Academy
-Open to 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 university studies credit, opportunity to take six hours of tuition-free Murray State University courses during your senior year, guaranteed four-year housing scholarship at Murray
-Deadline: March 1, 2019

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
-No deadline listed (Opens  January 3, 2019)

United States Air Force Academy
Summer Seminar
-5 day program
-Deadline: January 15, 2019

Military Academy at West Point
Summer Leadership Experience
-5 day program
-Deadline: April 1, 2019 however, apply early!

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 15, 2019

Kentucky Boys and Girls State Programs
-Open to juniors
-One week residential programs
-Exposure to local, state, and federal government operations
Girls:    Boys:

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Inner Space Camp
-Open to students interested in psychology
-Held in June
-Deadline: May 20, 2019 space is limited apply early

Sullivan University (Lexington & Louisville campuses)
Culinary, Baking and Pastry Camps
-Open to juniors and seniors -Five days in June
-Learn culinary tips from top chefs
-Deadline: April 15, 2019 – first come first served ($100 of if registered by Feb. 1, 2019)
Sullivan College of Technology & Design (Louisville)
-Cyber Security, Web Development, VEX Robotics, Graphic Design, Interior Design, Med Camp, Pharmacy

National Geographic Student Expeditions
-Four types: Expeditions, field workshops, photography workshops, community service
-Cost: varies
-Scholarship deadline March 1, 2019
-Application deadline varies on program

University of Dayton Vocal / Musical Performance Institute
-Open to all high school students
-Held 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

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 
Bureau of Educational & Cultural Affairs Exchange Program
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
Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange Program
-Student Exchange Program for American and German students
– Each year 300 students receive full scholarships
-Deadline: December 11, 2018
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
-Deadline: January 15, 2019

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

Western Kentucky University, Bowling Green, KY
School of Journalism & Broadcasting
-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 26, 2018