Friday, November 30, 2018

Duke Summer Sessions for High School Student Presentation 1/16

On January 16, during lunch. Abby Demarest with Duke Summer Session for High School Students will be on campus to meet with students and parents to provide information about their summer  programs. This is an opportunity for  high school students and parents to learn more about pre-college programs and summer opportunities at Duke University.

Duke University Programs For High School Students

  • Summer College (four-week academic credit program for students currently in grades 10 – 12)
  • Summer Academy (three-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
  • Accelerated STEM Academy (one-week academic enrichment program for students currently in grades 9 – 12)
We invite you to imagine yourself at Duke this summer if you are:
  • seeking to gain academic credit from renowned Duke faculty or interested in engaging deeply with a particular subject.
  • hoping to spend your summer enjoying residential activities on Duke’s historic West Campus.
  • seeking to prepare for college and to create an international network of peers.
Check out our 2018 Duke Summer Session for High School Students Blog for more information and a glimpse at what the programs are like.

Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program

The Duke Ophthalmic Technician Program is

·         A professional certificate program through the Duke School of Medicine
·         Accessible: No pre-requisite college level courses are required, but it is always helpful to see an applicant with a history of successful academic performance at the high school or college level.
·         Affordable: Tuition for 2019-2020 is $9000.00 plus books, student fees, and if necessary, insurance.
·         Accelerated: The program is completed in 51 weeks with a program from January until December 2019, or from July 2019 until June 2020. We are one of only two, one-year COT programs in the country.
·         Accredited: We are fully accredited through the International Council for Accreditation for Allied Ophthalmic Education Programs and the Southern Association of Colleges and Schools.

Certified Allied Ophthalmic Personnel are in demand.  The most recent information from November 2017 indicates that there are a total of 25,257 certified allied ophthalmic personnel worldwide to support over 200,000 practicing ophthalmologists. This represents a significant staffing shortage and with an aging population, the demand for skilled, certified allied ophthalmic personnel will be even greater in the future.

Certified Ophthalmic Technicians enjoy a wonderful, demanding career that challenges them to seek to improve their knowledge and skills set. New technology is always on the horizon so learning is a continual pursuit and the work never becomes stale or mundane.   It’s a very satisfying career as COTs are part of a team of professionals who work together to help our patients, some of whom are in desperate situations. It provides a good work/life balance, as the work schedule is typically Monday through Friday from 8:00 to 5:00, with an occasional late evening. The pay and benefits are very good and the working conditions are excellent.  Being a COT is also an excellent career from which to launch into a variety of other careers in the eye care industry.

Duke-trained ophthalmic technicians are sought after because our ophthalmic technician students are trained by some of the best ophthalmologists in the world.  Currently Duke Ophthalmology is ranked #6 in ophthalmology training programs nationwide.  Because of our program’s rich educational resources, world renowned ophthalmologists providing weekly lectures, and our skilled technician staff mentoring our students through twelve clinical rotations, employers know our ophthalmic technician students have received quality training and will be an asset to their practice.

See the brochures below of Ms. O'Kane for more information.

Wednesday, November 28, 2018

Durham Public Schools Scholarship Opportunities Grants and More

Please check out the link below for a comprehensive list of scholarships and other opportunities that are posted on the Durham Public Schools website.

Tuesday, November 27, 2018

College Process Tool for Students and Parents was created to provide students and parents with the know-how to plan and pay for college. This website offers a variety of resources and tips to help you through each step of the process and provide you with the power to plan your future.

Sign up for e-mails to get helpful college tips and resources, and enter to win a scholarship! Throughout the year, 11 eligible students or parents will be randomly selected to win a $10,000 Discover Student Loans Scholarship Award to help cover college expenses.

Friday, November 16, 2018

National Youth Leadership Forum

        Experience Your Future in Medicine

Future doctors and health care practitioners will enjoy an extraordinary opportunity to discover their passions through hands-on medical experience at NYLF Medicine. Over nine amazing days on the campus location of your choice, you will experience the collegiate lifestyle firsthand, learn from doctors, participate in an interactive curriculum led by advisors, visit a top medical school, test your medical knowledge during clinical skills rotations, and explore professional opportunities in the ever-expanding fields of medicine and health care among fellow high school students.

Find out more details below or see Ms. O'Kane for additional information.

Wednesday, November 14, 2018

Duke Summer Session For High School Students

Are you looking for a captivating and meaningful way to spend your summer? Join us at Duke Summer Session for High School Students and get a taste of life on a college campus.

By attending one of our programs, you will prepare for college by delving deeper into intellectually stimulating courses of interest, which may even include the opportunity to accompany your college application with a letter of recommendation from a Duke instructor. In addition to challenging yourself academically, you will engage with a diverse group of peers, exposing you to different cultures and expanding your future network. Not to mention, you will leave with a lifetime of memories! 

Interested in learning more about our programs? Visit our website, and be sure to mark your calendars for December 3rd, 2018 when our applications open!  


Nicki Charles, Ed.D.
Director of Summer Session for High School Students
Duke University

Wednesday, November 7, 2018

Jack Kent Cooke Scholarship Opportunity

The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation has partnered with the College Board to increase scholarship opportunities for students who’ve taken the PSAT/NMSQT® and PSAT™ 10.

Scholarships can open doors for students who aspire to go to college but don't have the funds. The Cooke Foundation provides one of the largest scholarships in the country for high-achieving students with financial need.

Did you know?

More than half (54%) of the students who won the Jack Kent Cooke College Scholarship last year took the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10 and were discovered through Student Search Service®.

The Cooke College Scholarship seeks out underrepresented students of all races, backgrounds, and ethnicities through the PSAT/NMSQT and PSAT 10.

The application deadline is November 20, so encourage eligible students to apply soon (exclusively through the Common App).

Subscribe to the Cooke Foundation's counselor newsletter to stay updated on all scholarship programs and opportunities. 

Tuesday, November 6, 2018

We The Students Essay Contest

2018-2019 We the Students Essay Prompt

What are the essential qualities of a citizen in your community in 21st century America?

This year we are asking you to dig deep and make your scholarship essay personal. A citizen comes in many shapes and sizes. Some serve their community by voting and participating in political events. Others serve through entrepreneurship or philanthropy. We want to know what you think makes a good citizen in your community. We encourage you to bring emotion, creativity, specific examples (including current events), and well-researched facts into what you write. A good essay will demonstrate how citizenship is not an abstract idea, but is, in fact, action inspired by constitutional principles. We can’t wait to see what citizenship looks like in your community!

Flavorful Futures Scholarship


Are you a student who is not afraid to be yourself? We are looking for fun and unique candidates for our Flavorful Futures Scholarship. Sparkling Ice® is awarding FIVE $5,000 scholarships to eligible high school seniors who are planning their bright and colorful futures. If this sounds like one of you,  apply today!

The application deadline is February 15, 2019 and winners will be announced in Spring 2019. Apply now at

General Requirements
Visit for full list of requirements. 
  • Must be a U.S. citizen or permanent legal resident of the United States.
  • Must be a high school senior graduating between August 1, 2018 and July 31, 2019.
  • Must have a cumulative high school grade point average (GPA) of at least 2.5 on a 4-point scale (high school/home school seniors).
  • We support applicants in a vocational/trade, 2-year, or 4-year program

Burger King Scholars Opportunity

High school seniors, BURGER KING® employees, their dependent children, spouses or domestic partners in the U.S., Canada and Puerto Rico can apply to receive up to $50,000 in scholarship awards for the 2019-2020 school year!
High school seniors must have a cumulative GPA of 2.5 on a 4.0 scale to be eligible, and must be active in their community through volunteering, sports, clubs and/or religious organizations.
Don’t miss your chance to become a BURGER KING Scholar. Apply today!
The application period for the 2019-2020 school year is open from Oct. 15, 2018 through Dec. 15, 2018.

Thursday, November 1, 2018

Explore careers in the health professions during Health Professions Week

Health Professions Week (HPW) is an exciting week-long event for high school and college students interested in learning more about careers in the health professions. Register today for your chance to win one of the many prizes of #HPW2018! Prizes include a $5,000 scholarship from SallieMae, foldable electric scooters, wireless charging pads and more! Don’t forget to follow us on social media @HealthProfWeek. (click here for more)