Summer Programs

Summer Programs

Below is a list of various local and national enrichment programs for interested high school students wanting to attend a college-like experience during the summer.  Please visit the listed websites for additional information about applying, costs, dates, and deadlines.  (Most programs offer some form of financial assistance but on a first come first serve basis—so apply early!) Do not hesitate to contact other colleges about their summer programs if they are not listed below.  Also, this information changes often.  Don't be surprised if it is different from what you see listed here. 


SUMMER VENTURES IN SCIENCE AND MATHEMATICS—the North Carolina General Assembly enacted legislation in 1984, which created Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics. SVSM was conceived as a cost-free enrichment program for academically motivated high school students potentially interested in a career in science or mathematics. SVSM provides participants resident experiences on university campuses during the summer.

CANNON MUSIC CAMP—since 1969, Cannon Music Camp has offered the most comprehensive course of vocal and instrumental musical instruction in the Southeast.  A 4-week, music-filled retreat in North Carolina’s magnificent Blue Ridge Mountains, the camp is open to serious music students who have completed grades 8,9,10, 11, or 12.

ECU SUMMER GUITAR WORKSHOP—The East Carolina University Guitar Workshop is aimed at students and aspiring professionals of all ages who are interested in improving and acquiring skills in classical guitar performance.  The workshop is open to guitarists of any skill level.  Applicants for the workshop should submit a letter of recommendation from a guitar teacher and a short audition tape or CD to determine masterclass placement.  All students will receive lessons each day.  There will also be daily technique work for intermediate and beginning students.

EAST CAROLINE SUMMER THEATRE—opportunities exist for apprentices to assist the technical staff in all phases of production.  Work in shops and serve as members of running crews. Assist in setup and strike of all productions.  Apprentices concentrate in one of the following areas: Scenic Carpentry, Paints, Properties, Electrics, Costumes, or Stage Management. Apprentices may be rotated at the discretion of the General Manager, or the Production Manager.

UNC-WILMINGTON NEED 2 LEAD LEADERSHIP PROGRAM—for minority juniors with a 3.5 GPA who are passionate about a school or community issue and wish to make a change through leadership; nominated juniors will attend the leadership weekend at UNC-W and learn how to implement their project throughout the following school year; no cost involved except transportation to UNC-W

NORTH CAROLINA SCHOOL OF THE ARTS—The programs of study offered include: dance; design & production; drama; filmmaking; music; and visual arts.  Applications may be downloaded from their website or completed online.

APPALACHIAN STATE UNIVERSITY’S MARTHA GUY SUMMER INSTITUTE—Is a summer residential program for juniors to explore the world of business at ASU; details on dates and costs plus applications are available on their website: or may call 877-277-6474

NORTH CAROLINA A & T SUMMER RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (RAP)—this is a summer residential program in NCA&T school of Agricultural and Environmental Science to conduct independent research projects; no cost to attend and students will receive a stipend; applications available at  or by calling 336-256-2062

UNC-CHAPEL HILL SCHOOL OF MEDICINE SUMMER RESEARCH APPRENTICESHIP PROGRAM (RAP)—a seven-week summer program at UNC-CH for disadvantaged students with 3.0 GPA interested in pursuing careers in science fields; students will work on a scientific project under the guidance of a research scientist; no cost to attend and students will receive a stipend; applications available at 
U.S. AIR FORCE ACADEMY’S ONE-WEEK SUMMER SEMINAR—is available for students to see what skills are necessary to become a cadet; details on dates, costs and applications are on the website; juniors interested in applying to the U.S. Air Force Academy may begin the pre-candidate questionnaires and the admissions cycle in mid-February;  more information is available at 

U.S NAVAL ACADEMY’S ONE-WEEK SUMMER SEMINAR—is available for students to see what skills are necessary to become a midshipmen; details on dates, costs and applications are on the website at; juniors interested in applying to the U.S. Naval Academy my begin the admissions cycle in the spring of their junior year; more information can be found at the website at 

U.S. MILITARY ACADEMY’S ONE-WEEK SUMMER LEADERS SEMINAR—is available for students to experience all aspects of West Point; details on date, costs, and applications are on the website at

BROYHILL LEADERSHIP SUMMER CONFERENCE—a one-week summer camp at Belmont Abbey College to develop student leadership skills; $165 cost to attend; applications available at 

GENERAL HENRY HUGH SHELTON LEADERSHIP CHALLENGE CAMP—a one-week summer camp sponsored by N.C. State University for students interested in developing their leadership skills; $350 to attend; applications available at 

THE JESSE HELMS CENTER FOR FEE ENTERPRISE SUMMER LEADERSHIP CONFERENCE—a 1-week summer program for students interested in learning about free market economics, personal responsibility and the role of government in a constitutional republic held at either Wingate or Campbell Universities; no cost to attend except for a $25 application fee; applications available at 

JUNIOR STATESMAN SUMMER SCHOOL—students interested in experiencing the challenge and excitement of politics and debate may attend the 1-week summer workshop held at Georgetown, Princeton, Yale, Stanford or Northwestern Universities or attend the symposia on Leadership and Politics in TX, CA, OH, Washington or NJ; applications and details available at 

NRA Y.E.S (YOUTH EDUCATION SUMMIT)—is a 1-week summer program with all expenses (except for travel to and from Washington, D.C.) paid by National Rifle Association;  the summer program will include the study of the U.S. Constitution and Bill of Rights.



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