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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
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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 2020 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, 2020

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 2020 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 10, 2020

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 the campus of  Bellarmine University, University of Louisville, or Centre College. 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


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

University of Kentucky/Area Health Education Centers
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 1, 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

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:    Boys:
Deadline: Not listed, however, in the spring. Check with your local American Legion Post

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)

Murray State University, Murray, KY Commonwealth Honors Academy
-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 1, 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

University of Kentucky Virtual Design Camp
-Open to rising juniors and seniors
-10 day camp choose from June or July dates
-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
-More information and to apply go to:

National Geographic Student Expeditions
-Expeditions, photography workshops, community service
-Cost: varies
-Application deadline: March 15, 2020

Miami University Accounting Program
Framer School of Business
-Open to sophomores, junior and seniors
-July 16-18, 2020 1-2 hour virtual sessions
-Network with Big 4 Accounting firms the the Farmer School of Business Accounting interns, utilize a Strenghts Finder Assessment, professional development workshops and overview of accounting practices
-Deadline: June 25, 2020

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: March 30, 2020

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, 2020

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 10, 2020
-Contact your County Farm Bureau office or visit

Gateway Community & Technical College (Edgewood campus) /North Central Area Health Education Center
Health Careers Camps
-One week in June held at Gateway and NKU
-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 14, 2020

Northern Kentucky University Summer Academies
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 30, 2020 Apply early, programs close when full / limited spots available

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:

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 27 –  Program application deadline: May 26

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 27 – Program application deadline: May 26

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
Broadcasting, Film and Photojournalism
-Open to students in grades 10-12
Deadline: Not listed – apply early

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 15, 2020

-Open to students 14 – 21 years old
-Summer jobs range from 4-10 weeks
-Hourly pay: $10.69
-Visual arts-mostly painting
-Deadline: Online-February 23, 2020; Paper applications due Interview weekend of March 7-8

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 1, 2020

The Bill of Rights Institute Constitutional Academy
-Open to current sophomores and juniors
-Areas of government, civics, public policy, journalism, economics, constitutional principles
-Week-long residential program in Arlington, VA
-Held in July
-Earn three college credits upon completion of the program, need based scholarships are available to the program
-Deadline: Not listed – Space is limited apply early

University of Cincinnati
1) Electrical Engineering and Computer Science Summer Camp 
-Deadline: February 24, 2020
2) Women in Engineering & Applied Science Summer Camp
-Deadline: February 24, 2020
3) Men in Engineering & Applied Science Summer Camp
-Deadline: February 24,2020

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 the University of Kentucky’s Robinson Forest in Eastern Kentucky
-Deadline: May 15, 2020 Applications taken on a first-come first served basis-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

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: Not listed

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 $1,392 $8.70/hour
-Learn about careers in pediatric medicine
-Deadline: March 16, 2020
-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

Miami University, Oxford, OH
Summer Scholars Program
-For rising juniors and seniors
-Provides an early college experience for academically talented students
-Deadline: April 15, 2020

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

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

Eastern Kentucky University, Richmond, KY
Inner Space Camp
-Open to students interested in psychology
-Held in June
-Deadline: May 1, 2020 space is limited apply early

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