Friday, January 31, 2020

Carnegie Mellon's Summer Academy for Math and Science

Carnegie Mellon's Summer Academy for Mathematics and Science is a six-week residential experience that provides students from underrepresented communities who have interest in computer science, engineering and/or the natural sciences, with the opportunity to achieve skills in order to pursue and complete majors in STEM fields. There are no tuition, housing or dining fees for students selected to attend this program.

Students engage in hands-on learning and research via science and engineering projects, taught by Carnegie Mellon faculty, teachers and graduate students. College students also serve as classroom assistants, tutors and mentors. 

Students may apply for the program here.

Thursday, January 30, 2020

Get Ahead of the Game – Early High School Preparation for College

From University HQ

The best time to prepare for college is during your high school years. In fact, a college that accepts you, a scholarship that awards you, and a company that employs you, will all take into account what you did during high school. For example, colleges mostly look at your grades; most scholarships seek to award those with extracurricular activities, community involvement, and leadership skills; while employers will take all the above into consideration.

Therefore, the sooner you start, the better your chances are of getting into the college of your choice, with a nice scholarship award, and then landing your dream job.

For inspirational stories and more details, check out the following links:

Ahead of the Game

College Planning Timeline

Wednesday, January 29, 2020

Durham Technical Community College Application Support 2/5


A  Durham Tech. College Liaison will be at VAHS on Tuesday Feb. 5th from 2:15-3:45 to  help our seniors with Fall 2020 applications. Please confirm with Ms. O'Kane if you would like to attend. 

It would be helpful if you could complete the NC Residency Determination    before this meeting, but it is not mandatory.  

Leadership Institute for Future Teachers

Nominations are now being accepted for NC State's College of Education Leadership Institute for Future Teachers (LIFT), which will take place Sunday - Thursday, June 14 – 18, 2020.

LIFT is a five-day, residential program for students of color and bilingual students who are rising high school seniors in North Carolina interested in leadership development and exploring a career in education. The program will be held on NC State’s campus with all expenses paid except for travel to and from Raleigh.

LIFT students will have the opportunity to:

Engage in intensive and innovative on-campus activities
Interact with statewide leaders in education
Enhance communication and leadership skills to be competitive for statewide and national scholarships
Develop friendships with like-minded high school students across the state
Be mentored by current NC State students who will serve as program co-facilitators
Receive ongoing encouragement and support after the program through digital engagement
In order to participate in LIFT, students must be nominated by a high school counselor, teacher, principal, or parent. They can also self-nominate. If you know any students who could benefit from this opportunity, please nominate them by or before February 21 using one of the online nomination forms linked on the LIFT website.

You can view more information on the LIFT website ( or in the attached flyer, which is in both English and Spanish.

LeadershipInstituteforFutureTeachers 1-28-20.pdf

Upcoming Webinars for Parents and Adults with ADHD

Don't miss these free ADDitude expert webinars!
Interested, but can't make the live webinar time? Register anyway and we'll email you the replay link after the webinar airs.

Qualify for a certificate of attendance for each webinar you attend live or access watch via replay!

Moms with ADHD Unite!

How exercise optimizes the ADHD Brain

HAcking the science of your ADHD brain

Marijuana and the ADHD brain

Raleigh National College Fair 3/19/20


Raleigh National College Fair - March 19, 2020

Hi Jill,

On behalf of the Raleigh National College Fair planning committee, save the date for the upcoming 2020 Raleigh National College Fair, the largest college fair in this part of North Carolina.

Students and families will have the opportunity to meet with representatives from nearly 200 colleges, as well as attend workshops on testing, application tips, essay writing and how to finance a college education.

WHATRaleigh National College Fair
WHERE: Raleigh Convention Center
WHEN: Thursday, March 19 from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m.
COST: There is no charge to attend.

INFORMATION: Print this informational sheet to hang in your office and distribute to students.

REGISTERStudents 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.

Tuesday, January 28, 2020

Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program

The Summer Immersion Program at Wake Forest University is an immersive, week-long experience for rising high school sophomores, juniors, seniors and incoming college freshmen designed to provide an introduction to college life and the opportunity to explore a potential career pathway or field of study.

Program Highlights:
  • Explore a Career Pathway or Major: Students choose from 19 specialized institutes and learn from industry professionals and Wake Forest faculty.
    • Animation
    • Biosciences and Engineering
    • Business
    • Debate and Public Advocacy
    • Documentary Film
    • Entrepreneurship
    • Finance and Investing
    • Health and Exercise Science
    • Health and Wellbeing
    • Neuroscience
    • Law
    • Leadership
    • Medicine
    • Policy and Politics
    • Psychology
    • Sports Marketing
    • Sports Medicine
    • Technology
    • Virtual Reality
  • Prepare for College: Students experience college life by living in the dorms, eating in the dining hall, and participating in a campus tour and admissions information session.
  • Build Your Network: Students engage with peers from all over the world and build relationships with our Academic Leaders who are experts and faculty members in various fields of study.
How to Apply:
To apply, encourage students to visitimmersion.summer.wfu.eduand complete the free, online application. The application requires a recommendation from a teacher, guidance counselor or principal, and the completion of two short essays. Applications are open and reviewed on a rolling admissions basis.

If you have further questions regarding the Summer Immersion Program, please call us at (980) 224-9298 or email us at

Gap Year Fair 2/8 in Carrboro

Each year, the Go Overseas team coordinates about 40 USA Gap Year Fairs across the country to connect students, parents, and educators with gap year program providers from all over the world. In 2020, the fairs will run from January 5th - February 29th. Attendees can expect to meet with 30-60 different gap year and summer opportunities program representatives. Fairs are free and open to the public, but pre-registration is highly recommended, especially because we're giving away $1,000 to the high school with the highest percentage of attendance at the fairs.


USA Gap Year Fairs & Go Overseas Logo
Come join us at our Chapel Hill, NC area event on Saturday, February 8th from 1:00-4:00 PM for an incredible FREE opportunity to learn about a number of life-changing gap year programs from all around the world!
For more information, visit our website at You can also follow us on Facebook, Instagram, and Twitter. See you there!
*Presentation 1:00-2:00 PM, Fair 2:00-4:00 PM

Registration Tips: REGISTER HERE
Fair attendees, we're thrilled to see you at the event! Please register for the total number of guests planning to attend the fair. All fair information will be associated with the main contact who registers, but if there are multiple gap year "researchers" within your group, we recommend that you register separately.
For example, if you're planning on bringing the whole family of 4, and both mom and the high school senior in your group would like to do their own gap year research, we recommend having mom sign up for 3 people (including 2 tag alongs) with her contact information and the gap year candidate can then register on their own.
Each person who registers will receive an ID card/Gap Year Fast Pass to use to exchange contact information with program providers you'd like to keep in touch with. After the fair, you'll be able to log in and access a curated list of all your favorite programs you met at the fair to help you continue your gap year program search after the event.
If there's any confusion here or if your plans change, don't worry! We can set things straight on the day of the event when you check in at the registration table. Thanks, and see you there!
Also, If you plan to attend our event and would like to request any reasonable accomodations in order to benefit from our programming, please inform us of your request via email at at least 1 week prior to the event date.

Date And Time


Carrboro High School
201 Rock Haven Road
Carrboro, NC 27510

Friday, January 24, 2020

Triangle Community Foundation Scholarships and Awards

The Triangle Community Foundation currently administers many scholarship and award funds established by individual donors and organizations. Each scholarship and award has a unique set of eligibility criteria, application processes, and deadlines, which you can search below. Please review all eligibility and application requirements and deadlines carefully.

Please also check out our list of additional financial aid resources and scholarships on our "Resources for Students" page!

Hard copies of the E.M. Roberts Scholarship are located at the Scholarship Information area across from the counseling office.

Become a HOBY Ambassador


Each spring, 10,000 high school sophomores from across the country join one of HOBY’s 70 State Leadership Seminars to hone their leadership talents and apply them to become effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace, and community. Make sure your school is represented!
LEARN MORE : Contact Ms. O'Kane to register

HOBY's flagship program allows high school sophomores to realize their leadership talents and apply them in becoming effective, ethical leaders in their home, school, workplace and community.

Students will:

Participate in 3-4 days of fun interactive leadership training, meet state leaders, and make new friends

Experience life on a university campus

Learn about themselves and how to be an impactful leader

Discover how personal, group, and societal leadership lead to social change

Gain new skills and inspiration to lead change 

Scholarship for Prospective Teachers

This year, is awarding a $5,000 college scholarship to a deserving high school senior interested in pursuing a career in teaching.

The scholarship is called The Classroom to Classroom Scholarship, and they are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of aspiring teachers in America. Once a year, they award a graduating high school student with a $5,000 scholarship to further their educational goals. To apply, students must meet the following eligibility requirements:
  • Must be a United States citizen or Permanent Resident.
  • Open to students from all states.
  • Must have a minimum cumulative GPA of 3.0.
  • Accepted as a full-time student at a 2-year, 4-year, or technical vocational college or university in the United States for the 2020-2021 academic year. We will require proof of enrollment. 
  • Intent to pursue an Education or closely related degree 
  • Proof of strong academic performance, leadership, and community service (see scholarship page for details)
You can find more detailed information on our scholarship award here: 

Thursday, January 23, 2020

Apply For Project SEED Summer Program

Interested in participating as a Project SEED student in 2020?  Fill out this quick form so that we can notify you when the applications open.
Do you like science? Are you interested in learning what scientists really do in their laboratories? Find out how you can get exposure to chemistry, prepare for college, and learn about science career paths.
To be considered for the ACS Project SEED Summer Program, candidates must:
  • Meet the Eligibility Requirements shown below.
  • Be located near an active SEED site.  You can find these on our Location page. Note that you will be responsible for getting to and from the lab site each day.
  • Complete the online application (coming in early 2020).  If you are interested in applying, use the link above to complete an interest form.
  • Contact the ACS Project SEED office if you have any additional questions.
More details on how to apply will be coming soon.  Visit the site periodically or sign up for updates using the link above so that you don't miss the application window.

Tuesday, January 21, 2020

$10,000 Scholarship to Three Graduating Seniors Attending NC Charter Schools!

It is time again to begin thinking about the 2020 SECU Foundation People Helping People Scholarship! Each year, $10,000.00 scholarships have been awarded to three graduating seniors attending North Carolina Charter Schools. These scholarships will be awarded to students attending one of the 16 constituent campuses of the University of North Carolina. Funds are made possible through the contributions to SECU Foundation by members of the State Employees’ Credit Union. Please see the attached Eligibility Criteria, Program Application and Consent Form linked below. 

VAHS student applications are due to Ms. O'Kane by March 11, 2020 in order for the Scholarship Committee to select the VAHS candidate and alternate. 

Friday, January 17, 2020

East Carolina University’s Multicultural Appreciation Day Experience.

Announcing: MADE at ECU

Students are invited on Saturday, February 22, for East Carolina University’s Multicultural Appreciation Day Experience. MADE at ECU will provide students with a rich multicultural campus experience as they explore what student life at ECU has to offer.
The day’s activities include:
  • planning for college
  • the admissions and financial aid processes
  • what to expect at ECU
  • competitive scholarship opportunities
  • current student panel
  • choosing a major
  • Honors College
  • optional walking campus tour
  • dining in one of ECU’s various dining locations
Encourage your students to register to attend online 
Learn More >

Thursday, January 16, 2020

Program for Parents/Caregivers of Children with Emotional and Behavioral Difficulties

NAMI Basics is a 6-session education program for parents, caregivers and other family who provide care for youth (ages 22 and younger) who are experiencing mental health symptoms. This program is free to participants, 99% of whom say they would recommend the program to others. NAMI Basics is available both in person and online through NAMI Basics OnDemand.
The in-person course is taught by a trained team with lived experience raising a child with a mental health condition. They know what you’re going through because they've been there too. 
The OnDemand program is also guided by parents and family members with lived experience but is self-paced and available 24/7. OnDemand offers the flexibility of participating in the course on your schedule. Both formats provide identical information, strategies and the opportunity to connect with other parents and caregivers.

What You’ll Gain

By participating in NAMI Basics, you’ll realize that you are not alone. You’ll find support and shared understanding—compassion, reinforcement and empathy from people who truly get your situation. And don’t forget: Your experiences may also help others in the course. Together, you will all learn that recovery is a journey, and there is hope.

NAMI Basics Covers:

  • The impact mental health conditions can have on your entire family
  • Different types of mental health care professionals, available treatment options and therapies
  • An overview of the public mental health care, school and juvenile justice systems and resources to help you navigate these systems
  • How to advocate for your child's rights at school and in health care settings
  • How to prepare for and respond to crisis situations (self-harm, suicide attempts, etc.)
  • The importance of taking care of yourself 
  • Much, much more

What People Are Saying

"This is such a great step-by-step program that walks parents through every step. It’s as if they’re holding your hand through it all."
"This class was unexpectedly wonderful! I did not expect to learn so very, very much! This program is well-written with excellent segues between topics. It covers so much more than BASICS—the title doesn't do it justice."
"I find it truly remarkable that this is free to those who are interested."
"NAMI Basics OnDemand allows parents and primary caregivers to easily access information and resources available to support themselves and their family’s mental health needs."
"The convenience of being able to do the program when I was able to find the time was invaluable."

Sign Up For A Class

A Spanish-language version of the program, Bases y Fundamentos de NAMI, is available at some affiliates.

DREAMers Scholarships

 Reach Higher, an initiative housed at Common App, is working to help get the word out about two exciting scholarship opportunities for DREAMers.

TheDream.US Scholarship is open to all undocumented students who came to the United States before November 1st, 2014.

Two scholarship opportunities

The Dream.US offers two scholarship opportunities for students. Deadlines are coming up soon, so please be sure to follow the links below for more information.
  • The Opportunity Scholarship, an up to $80,000 scholarship, for students who live in targeted, locked-out states where they cannot get in-state tuition will be closing on January 30th, 2020.
  • The National Scholarship, an up to $33,000 scholarship, for first-time college students or community college graduates will be closing on February 27th, 2020.
For more information, visit

Wednesday, January 15, 2020

Summer Pre-College Programs in the Fine Arts

Carnegie Mellon's Pre-College Programs in the fine arts are six-week residential experiences that provide high school students with the opportunity to develop their skills in a conservatory or studio setting. For years, Carnegie Mellon has been recognized for the quality of education that is provided within our College of Fine Arts. Through the Pre-College program, high school students have access to this instruction and mentorship from full-time faculty members.

Our summer Pre-College program options in the fine arts include the following:
  • Architecture, provides students architectural experience within the studio, supported by integrated coursework in analog drawing, digital media, seminars and workshops.
  • Art, where students will hone their craft through challenging courses, critique, workshops, and portfolio development.
  • Design, for students who would like to receive a foundation of Design skills through studio learning, lectures, and critiques.
  • Drama, for students who would like to build their audition repertoire and portfolio with acclaimed faculty.
  • Music, where students participate in a conservatory-style curriculum and experience life within a research university.

Students may apply for the program here. Feel free to share this email with any student you think might be interested in applying!

AMDA Audition Workshop

AMDA Is Offering an Exclusive Audition Opportunity!

We’re coming to Raleigh and can’t wait to meet your talented students!

AMDA is bringing an exciting audition and workshop to Raleigh on:
Saturday, February 29th at the Marriott Raleigh City Center

This is a  free opportunity.
Student RSVP

Martha Guy Summer Institute

The application for the 2020 Martha Guy Summer Institute opens December 1st, 2019, with all application materials due by February 28th, 2020.  As a way to be more inclusive, the program this year will offer significantly reduced fees – tuition/ meal plan – a 40% reduction!  As a way to accomplish this, the camp has been restructured into a two-week program including educational, professional development, cultural, and business professional interactions.

As a reminder, here are some key points about the program:
Unique aspects of MGSI
·         MGSI is a college residential experience. The program includes instruction on Appalachian State University’s campus in Boone, North Carolina, nestled in the Blue Ridge Mountains. Appalachian is the premier public undergraduate institution and boasts the largest business school of the 17 campuses in the University of North Carolina System. 
·         Each MGSI cohort is small. Only 24 students are selected, providing an intimate, hands-on experience for each participant. 
·         It is quite affordable: tuition is $1,000 plus a meal plan of $350.  *
*Need-based scholarships are available to qualified applicants to defray tuition costs.
Which students are well suited for MGSI?
·         We are seeking students who have a sincere interest in business as a college major and demonstrate leadership potential.  Some candidates have an entrepreneurial spirit, or have unique or extensive part-time work experience.   Also consider your most competitive students among under-represented groups and populations.  Interested students should demonstrate academic achievement.
·         Students who embrace and appreciate new people, opportunities and experiences are ideal for MGSI.  They should also be well-prepared to be away from home and able to manage a demanding schedule.
·         Application:  Opens: December 1, 2019;  Deadline: February 28th 2020

Friday, January 10, 2020

STEM Opportunity for 9th graders in Detroit

SMASH is a FREE intensive college-prep program for students underrepresented in STEM. We are committed to eliminating the barriers faced by these students and helping prepare them for STEM degrees and careers. Students are recruited in the 9th grade and participate for 3+ years! Each summer, students will stay on Wayne State's campus for 5-weeks and engage in project-based learning,  getting a taste of the college experience. Throughout the year our scholars continue their learning through workshops held once a month on Saturdays. 

SMASH is currently recruiting students for the third cohort of SMASH Wayne State scholars and would love representation from Voyager Academy!

Who are they looking for? 
We are looking for high-potential 9th-grade students from backgrounds traditionally underrepresented in STEM! Scholars should have at least a 3.0 GPA (as measured by their 9th grade semester 1 report card or final 8th grade GPA).

Applications are accepted until l February 28th, however the application process is competitive!

Additional Resources: