Tuesday, March 27, 2018

Student Trip To Japan

The Toyama Committee of Sister Cities of Durham Is pleased to announce A high school student delegation trip to Toyama, Japan Summer - 2019 Students will be serving as junior ambassadors During part of the visit, students will be staying with host families associated with the Toyama College of Foreign Languages Two adult chaperones will accompany the student delegation To receive further information and get an application contact: Toyama Committee member - Yuki Temma hsdelegation@gmail.com.

Information is also posted on the VAHS Counseling "Opportunities" Bulletin Board.


Monday, March 26, 2018

Admission Rep Visit: UNCG April 17 at 2:15 in the Commons

Any students interested in leaning about programs of study at UNCG are invited to meet with an admissions representative on Tuesday, April 17, 2018 at 2:15 in the commons at VAHS. Students should see Ms. O'Kane for a pass to attend. 

The University of North Carolina at Greensboro, also known as UNC Greensboro, is a public liberal arts and research university in Greensboro, North Carolina, United States and is a constituent institution of the University of North Carolina system. UNCG understands that  prospective students are on the brink of a life-changing experience. Think about what that means for you. Think about the kind of experience you want to have.  Think about how you want to learn and who you want to be. UNCG’s engaged and supportive community inspires you to be a dreamer and a doer. You’ll learn how to not only answer the tough questions, but how to ask them. How to challenge yourself and the status quo.


Friday, March 23, 2018

Duke Splash

Just a friendly reminder that Duke Splash is March 31st!! 

Sign up for an immersive and fun learning experience at Duke! The fee is $5 per student. However, financial aid is available! Student registration for classes closes March 28th 
(3 days before Splash).

Free College Planning Seminar

"Door to Door" 
Navigating the Road
from High School To College!
(how can students get in?
how can parents afford it?)
Students and parents
(recommended for families
of rising 9th, 10th,
and 11th grade students)
Saturday, May 19th
2-4 p.m.
Chapel Hill Public Library
Chapel Hill

Email colprep2@gmail.com  for more

Thursday, March 22, 2018

Durham Tech/NC State Admissions Rep. Visit

NC State and Durham Tech Are Teaming Up

An NC State degree can be both accessible and affordable when combined with two years of community college. Students can complete their Associate of Arts, Associate of Science, or Associate of Engineering degrees at Durham Tech and know they are well prepared to succeed in their major at NC State.

Come learn about how Durham Tech and NC State work together to create a seamless transition for transfer students.  Learn also about the Goodnight Scholars Program, which offers a full NC State scholarship to 15 community college transfer students each year. Last year two Durham Tech graduates were awarded this scholarship and are currently studying in NC State’s College of Engineering.

Representatives from both NC State and Durham Tech will be on VAHS campus Wednesday, April 18, at 2:00 in the commons. Parents are welcome to attend. Students should see Ms. O'Kane for a pass to attend this meeting.  

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Essay and Spoken Word Contest

 new scholarship contest awarding $24,000 to students  

Here is the overview:
  • Written Essays OR Spoken Word Submissions will be accepted 
  • Students will be asked to answer a prompt for either type of submission
  • Students must be a junior or senior in High School

Monday, March 19, 2018

3 Tasks to Help High School Juniors Boost College Success

Get insights from real students on how to use the Junior year wisely. 

For many students, junior year of high school is also the most difficult year. Students must prepare for their upcoming ACT or SAT test dates, evaluate potential colleges and function beneath an immense amount of pressure to achieve high grades to impress these colleges.
In addition to this academic stress, students must also begin asking themselves important questions about their ideal college experience in order to find schools that are a great fit. Much of this process is new and unfamiliar to students and there are some specific actions that juniors can take to navigate it successfully.

Duke Summer College For High School Students

At Duke Summer College, we believe that intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly.  It is for this reason that each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with a subject than ever before.  Whether you are interested in analyzing anything from Twitter to Kierkegaard or delving into quantum mechanics, we have a course for you.  See the list below to see just a few of the available Duke classes we are offering this summer:
  • Hard Truth of Evolution
  • Big Questions in Physics
  • Language and the Media
  • Existentialism
  • Adolescence
Applications close on April 16, so apply online today and take a powerful step towards pursuing your intellectual passion.

Friday, March 16, 2018

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship

2018 Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program

Couch Oil Cares Scholarship ProgramThe Couch Oil Cares Scholarship Program is an effort to help local students with the costs of higher education. Again this year, Couch Oil is teaming up with the Durham Bulls to award scholarships to six deserving individuals. The $1,000 scholarship is available to students who have been accepted into either a four-year or community college and reside in a 16-county area surrounding the Triangle.
Download the 2018 Couch Oil Cares application here (or receive a hard copy form Ms. O'Kane) and submit by June 30, 2018. Recipients will be recognized at the August 9, 2018 Durham Bulls game.

Deadline: June 30, 2018

Eligibility Requirements:
Must be a resident of Alamance, Caswell, Chatham, Durham, Franklin, Granville, Harnett, Johnston, Lee, Moore, Nash, Orange, Person, Vance, Wake or Wilsoncounty
Must have been accepted to and registered as a 1st year college student for the 2018-19 school year (four-year or community college)
Must be no more than 25 years old at the time of the scholarship presentation.
For more information, send email to CouchScholarship@DurhamBulls.com


Established in 2011, the Lawrence and Artelia Perry Scholarship Fund is a 501(c)(3) organization dedicated to providing scholarships for students at Bennett College, Livingstone College, and North Carolina Central University. The Fund seeks to assist students who are attending or will attend either of these three schools with expenses related to their college experience on the basis of merit and need. If you are a graduate (or upcoming 2018 graduate) of any public school (including charter schools funded by the State of North Carolina) in Durham, NC, you are eligible to apply for a scholarship from this Scholarship Fund. Selected scholarship recipients will be awarded funds in the Fall of 2018 upon receipt of proof of enrollment at your college or university for the fall semester. This year, our awards will be announced during our 6th Annual Legacy Luncheon, when the Board of Directors will honor retired clergy in the Durham community who have developed a significant legacy. The Luncheon will be held on Saturday, May 26, 2018, 11:30 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Washington Duke Inn, 3001 Cameron Blvd., Durham. All 2018 scholarship recipients must be present at the Legacy Luncheon, complimentary of the Board of Directors


Raleigh National College Fair

The 2018 Raleigh National College Fair is coming up this Tuesday, March 20th!  Nearly 200 institutions from across North Carolina, the US, and abroad will be in attendance to meet with our students.  A list of registered institutions is attached and can also be found HERE. 

WHAT: Raleigh National College Fair
Raleigh Convention Center
WHEN: Tuesday, March 20th from 4:30 pm-7:30 pm
COST: There is no charge to attend.

REGISTER: Students are highly encouraged to register online prior to coming to the fair. This enables them to spend more time connecting with representatives and less time waiting to register on site. Additional information about registration can be found HERE.

Thursday, March 15, 2018

College Rep Visit: BONAVENTURE UNIVERSITY March 21, 10:00

St. Bonaventure University is a place where more than 2,000 students are becoming extraordinary.  
Founded in 1858 in the interest of promoting Catholic-Franciscan education, the university continues to this day to pursue academic excellence through personalized attention that reflects the Franciscan tradition of valuing human relationships. 
We instill in students a real passion for learning and living. We encourage independent study, critical analysis and original expression. Our professors are committed and approachable faculty who dedicate themselves to making connections — among themselves, their courses and, most importantly, their students.  
Undergraduate and graduate programs are offered in the liberal arts and sciences, business, education, and journalism and mass communication, and three graduate degrees are offered in a 100% online format through St. Bonaventure 

See Ms. O'Kane for a pass to meet with the Admissions Rep. 

ImagineLab: A Summer of Teen Innovation & Celebration!

A summer camp opportunity at UNC-Chapel Hill...

ImagineLab: A Summer of Teen Innovation & Celebration!
Imagine a place where teens come in with dreams and come out empowered by new possibilities. This summer, students will have the chance to build skills, connections, and confidence in their own abilities to become designers, makers and innovators, and make lasting friendships along the way.

At two new camps offered by UNC’s School of Education and the MEITEprogram, middle and high school students explore the possibilities with art and design, gaming, engineering and computer science in an innovative and empowering way. Explore and engage in our newly redesigned facility at the Carolina Center for Excellence in Education.

Students will have the chance to learn code, compose original songs, program robots, build their own games, create virtual worlds in Minecraft, design and build their own costumes and props, write their own digital books, build their own apps, produce their own videos, print in 3D, explore our immersive virtual reality learning lab, and pitch their creations in an innovation showcase.

Autism Support For Families

Are you a parent, teacher, or service provider for children of color with autism or communication delays?! Join us for a meet and greet! When: Wednesday, March 28, 2018 Where: Durham Cooperative Extension Office 721 Foster Street Durham, NC 27701 Time: 6pm-8pm We would love to meet you and share more about disability services that are available in the community, including the FACES program, which aims to strengthen advocacy and access to services among underrepresented families of children with autism and communication delays. To register please contact: Dr. Jamie Pearson jnpearso@ncsu.edu 919-515-9093 You will receive a $10 gift card for completing a brief questionnaire following the event! Eligible participants are parents/caregivers/educators/service providers of minority children with autism. Participants must be 18 years of age or older to participate. All participant information will remain confidential. Sponsored by the Department of Teacher Education and Learning Sciences at North Carolina State University

Wednesday, March 14, 2018


The U.S. Court of Appeals for the Fourth Circuit is seeking submissions for
its 2018 essay contest.

Students  are invited to consider and share their thoughts on the question:
“How has the Fourteenth Amendment impacted education in the 150 years since
it was ratified, and what impact will it likely have in the future?”

The  contest  is  open  to  students  currently in grades 9 through 12 from
Maryland,  North  Carolina,  South  Carolina,  Virginia, and West Virginia.
Essays are limited to 1,000 words and must be submitted by April 15, 2018.

Students have the opportunity to win one of three cash prizes: first place,
$2,000; second place, $1,500; and third place, $1,000.

Winners will be announced in June and presented at a Constitution Day event
in September 2018.

For additional information and instructions on how to submit an essay,
visit http://www.ca4.uscourts.gov/essay-contest-2018.

For questions, contact the Fourth Circuit Clerk’s Office at
essaycontest@ca4.uscourts.gov or (804) 916-2706.

Please  note:  Children,  grandchildren,  stepchildren,  or  members of the
household of a federal judge or federal judiciary employee are not eligible
for the competition.

Tuesday, March 13, 2018

The S.M.A.R.T. Project: Stress Management and Resilience Training for Teens

The S.M.A.R.T Project, part of the UNC Program on Integrative Medicine, is currently recruiting teens aged 14-17 to participate in a research study comparing the effectiveness of two different courses for lowering stress and improving well being in teens

Courses meet once a week for 8 weeks, and then once a month for 6 months after that. Refreshments will be served at classes and teens will receive up to $175 in Amazon gift cards for participating in this study.

Please contact: 
S.M.A.R.T. Project
UNC Program on Integrative Medicine
smartstudy@med.unc.edu, 919-966-8586 to see if you’re eligible.

LendEDU scholarship resource

In an effort to help students afford their higher education, the team at LendEDU recently updated their  guide to college scholarships to help students find relevant opportunities specifically for them.

Within this update, they have added a  new search tool where students can filter scholarship opportunities based on their grade level, GPA, the scholarship amount, and the requirements of the scholarship.

On top of this new tool, the resource teaches students and families the importance of searching for scholarships when figuring out how to pay for college. Here is the URL:

Note: You can click the link at the top of the page to jump down to the scholarship search tool.

Here are some other points that are covered  in the guide:
- Different Types of Scholarships Available
- Applying for Scholarships
- Essay Tips
- Letters of Recommendation Tips
- Spotting Scholarship Scams

They have also included YouTube videos from our channel to help make the information a little more digestible and entertaining.

Thursday, March 8, 2018

Durham Lions Club: Luther Barbour Scholarship

 One of the charter members of the Durham Lions Club, Luther H Barbour, bequeathed a substantial sum for the creation of a scholarship. The fund was established in 1985 and our own Johnnie Cozart was the first recipient of a Luther Barbour scholarship.

The criteria for awarding these scholarship(s).
Since its’ inception, The Durham Lions Scholarship Committee has generally awarded one new scholarship each year and renewed the other three existing scholarships annually. The following criteria for scholarships apply:

• Graduating member of a Durham City or County High School (at the current time we no longer enjoy a relationship with Durham Public Schools and offer our scholarships to any graduating member of a high school located in Durham County)
• The scholarship shall be in the amount of $1000.00, renewable for 3 years
• Scholarship funds must be paid to the institution student is attending
• Institutions may be four year colleges or universities, graduate schools, community colleges, vocational or technical schools and professional trade schools.
• Scholarships shall be awarded based upon academic excellence as evidenced by other scholarship competition & participation, transcripts and class standing. Applicants need to demonstrate a reasonable likelihood of completing the course of study at the accepting institution. Personal recommendations and other accomplishments can be considered.
• Renewal of the scholarship must be by written request accompanied by evidence of satisfactory progress Process for identifying applicants:

 In March of each year the Durham Lions Scholarship Committee will send out letters to various high school guidance counselors seeking qualified applicants. The following information will be requested and must be submitted by June 1st:
• Students’ full name, address and contact information (on high school letterhead)
• Academic class standing with transcript – other pertinent information
• Name, address and contact information of institution of higher learning where student has been accepted After June 1st, the entire committee will evaluate the applications submitted and make a recommendation to the board for the awarding of a scholarship before the July Board meeting. All scholarship renewal applications must be submitted by June 15th accompanied by proper documentation. The entire committee can review these requests and make a recommendation to the Board for the July meeting.

See MS. O'Kane for more information.

STEM Summer Program for Girls

GALS is a free summer science program for high school students from North Carolina who identify as female or gender nonconforming, students of color, students from low socioeconomic backgrounds, and other groups underrepresented in fields of STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math). The successful applicants spend two weeks in the Pisgah National Forest learning science hands-on with Duke University scientists. Applicants with little to no experience in learning science outside the classroom or in exploring the outdoors are being sought.  Academic performance is not taken into account when selecting girls. They are looking for those who would succeed in this hands-on, experiential learning environment. 

See the website below, Ms. O'Kane, or the "Opportunities" Bulletin board for additional information. 

 Applications close March 15


Tuesday, March 6, 2018

School of Business Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy

The NCCU School of Business Summer Youth Business and Entrepreneurship Academy (SYBEA) is a residential 10-day program held on the campus of NCCU.  
The Academy is open to high-achieving rising 10th, 11th and 12th grade students, with a "B" average or higher.   
Selected students will receive business training and exposure to higher education on the campus of NCCU, along with a full scholarship to cover the cost of attendance plus materials. 

Monday, March 5, 2018

Duke Splash

Student Registration for Spring Splash 2018 is now open!

Click here to sign up.

If you are a middle/high school student interested in attending Splash on March 31st, please click the LEARN circle above and register for your classes by March 28th. The student registration is now open! If you are interested in taking classes at Duke Splash, sign up for classes! register for an account today! 

Curious about the kinds of classes we offer? Check out Splash Fall 2017 course catalog!

What is Splash?

Splash is an educational initiative that allows middle school and high school students to participate in small, interactive seminars designed and taught by passionate Duke students. These seminars cover a wide range of topics, and we’re proud to offer everything from Advanced Astrophysics to Disney Movie Culture. All of these classes take place on Duke’s campus during the Fall and Spring semesters.
Duke Splash will be $5 for participants and lunch will be provided to all attendees. We will also have t-shirts for sale, if you would like a souvenir from the day!

How Does this Work?

Interested and engaged students are what makes Splash the great program that it is! You can participate in Duke Splash by registering as a student through the “LEARN” tab, and then signing up for the classes you’re interested in taking during the day.
On the day of the event, students can be dropped off at our on-campus drop-off point where they will be met by excited volunteers and led to Splash’s help room and registration area. After a quick orientation, students will be led to their first classes and will begin their day! Volunteers will be available all day to help students find classrooms and with any other needs. At the end of Splash, students can be picked up at the on campus drop-off point.

Permission Forms

All students must fill out and bring the appropriate forms, found here with them on the day of Splash.

More Information

We are very excited to be able to make Duke Splash available for all students. We wouldn’t have been able to do so without the generous support of many different donors. If you would like to help us provide future programs at no cost to students, we will be accepting non tax-deductible donations. Donations can either be cash or checks made out to “Duke Splash”.

Click here for contact information and a schedule of Splash.
Send any questions to splash@duke.edu
Thank you for your interest, and we hope to see you at our next event!

Ruth B Rogers Memorial Scholarship

2018 Ruth B. Rogers Memorial Scholarship The Alpha Mu Chapter of Alpha Delta Kappa is seeking applicants for its Ruth B. Rogers Memorial Scholarship for graduating seniors. Alpha Delta Kappa is an honorary sorority for women educators. Each year we give assistance to one or two high school seniors who have plans for post-secondary education and who are in need of financial aid. Preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in education. Depending on the applications received, one or two students from the Durham area will be chosen to receive up to a $1000 scholarship. The guidelines for the scholarship state this student must be a legal resident. The criteria include an ability to work with others, leadership, character, academic aptitude and financial need. Again, preference will be given to applicants interested in pursuing a career in education. A committee from the chapter will make the selection that will be announced at the beginning of May. The decision should be made in time for the money to be awarded at spring awards programs.

See Ms. O'Kane for an application form. Please note that the final item requires multiple documents that MUST be included with the application form.

The top THREE applications from VAHS will be submitted to the chapter for consideration and postmarked by April 13, 2018.

Thursday, March 1, 2018

Univ. Of Tennessee Design Matters! Camp

The University of Tennessee College of Architecture and Design is pleased to announce its 10th Annual Design Matters! Camp on July 15-21, 2018 For a decade, Design Matters! Camp has welcomed students from across the country to learn about design—design of the built environment, design thinking, design interpretation and careers in design.  This week-long, immersive experience held at UT is for rising high school students who believe design can transform the world.  The best part is:  No design experience is required. 

Details are at archdesign.utk.edu/study/design-matters-camp/. Early-bird registration ends April 21, and camp scholarships are available.