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Summer Internship at American Red Cross Office of Digital Engagement
Interns will work on improving the Search Engine Optimization (SEO) redcross.org by updating title tags, key words, and meta descriptions. Interns will gain valuable professional experience and knowledge about how websites work, help select photography for website, experience a professional work environment, and contribute to one of the world’s largest and oldest humanitarian organizations. Contact: Jennifer Lourie, (202) 303-5615, firstname.lastname@example.org
Science and Engineering Summer Program at UDC
UDC's College of Agriculture, Urban Sustainability, and Environmental Science is offering a summer bridge course designed to prepare high school senior students in science and engineering through project based and hands-on experiences. To accommodate as many students as possible, there are two ways the students can participate in this program:
1) Certificate of completion, which requires no payment; or 2) register for 3 college credits, which requires tuition fee of 3 credits. To register for the program or for questions, contact Dr. Tolessa Dekissat at email@example.com or at 202/ 274 5273; or Natalie Bokra at 202/ 274 6871 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
The 16th Annual FICA Young Investors Club Wall Street Summer Camps
Future investors ages 8-19, enjoy hours of informative financial intelligence training curriculum presented by our Certified Financial Intelligence Trainers. In addition, campers enjoy online e-learning, expert financial videos; participate in investment games; enjoy financial field trips to major corporations and the local business districts. Students also get the opportunity to sit back relax and listen to business and financial industry experts.
To learn more visit: www.wallstreetcamps.com
Cucuyo: Intercultural Exhchange Through Art in the Dominican Republic
Rising juniors and seniors with some Spanish are invited to join the program, which offers workshops in Spanish on Stage, English for All, Spanish Now, B-Ball, in Bonao, Dominican Republic. From June 29-July 13, the $2,400 cost includes airfare, room and board, the program, an excursion and more. For more information visit www.cucuyo.org.
Writopia Sleepaway Camp
Writopia’s first ever week-long sleepaway camp in the Poconos will be held from August 25-Aug.Camp activities include a daily workshop with an author, poetry hikes, campfire stories, playwriting and performance electives, one-on-one writing sessions, literary sports, and culminates in a performance. much more! E-mail email@example.com for more information.
Mr. Mark A. Ausbrooks
Professional School Counselor
“Promise to think only the best, to work only for the best, and to expect only the best from yourself and others” ~ Coach John Wooden
Can you imagine going to the flagship university in your state with all the abundant resources that come along with that privilege and your roommate most likely would not be from your state? What would that look like? What unintended consequences would come from this?
This #academictourist recently visited another big state university. West Virginia University is located a comfortable three and half hour drive from Washington, DC. in Morgantown, WV. It is located just north of the Dorsey Knob mountain summit. Morgantown is a small community of 29,600 residents. It is famous for the electrically powered mini buses that run throughout the city. It owns the only personal rapid transit (think subway train in the sky) system of its kind that is used commercially. Though WVU is encompassed within the city of Morgantown, it is dispersed over three separate campuses. The rapid transit system allows for students to easily get to any campus location.
All who attend receive a quality from WVU. Famous alum include Stephen Coonts, NY Times bestselling author, John Chambers, CEO of Cisco Systems Inc., Jon McBride, former NASA astronaut and the NBA logo himself Hall of Famer Jerry West. The most popular major on campus are Business Administration, Management and Operations, Engineering, General Health Professions and Related Clinical Sciences.
“My experiences at WVU have allowed me to grow into the professional young adult I am today,” says 2011 graduate Sydney Morris, “Growing up in this fast pace (Northern Virginia), affluential area, I needed to be taken out of my comfort zone and dropped in a place that would shake my world up a bit. That was Morgantown.” Morris says that she was removed from her comfort zone but found a new home at WVU. “The school, the town, and the students embrace each and EVERY student with open arms because we all share one similar tie. You look around, and everyone looks different, but somehow we all look the same. The school spirit goes without notice. You somehow become family with strangers, simply because you are a West Virginia Mountaineer. The town is a Gold and Blue, Mountaineer college town, it's easy to forget you are in rural West Virginia. But when you look around you're surrounded by gorgeous hills and more trees than you'll ever see in Northern Virginia, you truly feel like it is almost heaven.” Fifty percent of the students who attend WVU come from out of state. Some state schools across the country have a non-resident cap. This is not the case for WVU. Tuition and fees run about $6,090 for state residents. Out of state students are charged $18,868. In state tuition at University of Virginia ($11,794) and University of North Carolina ($8,340) may make this campus a great option for many. Forbes magazine has ranked WVU as number 30 in their top 100 list of best buy colleges.
“I never heard of that school [West Virginia University] before my son got into it,” says Katrina Jones mother of 2006 WVU graduate. According to Ms. Jones she could have not asked for a better situation in sending her son away to a college. “WVU has an awesome parent network. They have so many ways to keep a parent connected to the university. They anticipate ways of assisting parents,” Ms. Jones added that they even provided a bus from Morgantown to Northern Virginia for students to get back home. “WVU is a very big school and they made it very manageable for a parent.” “The only negative thing I can say about the university is you better not think you are going to get tickets to a home football game. It is like trying to go to a Redskins game. You cannot just show up and think you are going to get in.”
As an #academictourist, I vist quite a few colleges every year. I was shocked by the lack of students wearing Dr. Dre headphones or having white ears bud connected to an electronic device. I saw extreme focus when student were headed to academic buildings. It seemed as if everyone was equal and accepted for being who they were.
“Look at the flag of the state of West Virginia. Sic sempre tyrannus. It means Mountaineers are always free,” says Robert Lowe from the class of 1972. “Separated from Virginia during the issue of slavery when West Virginia went with the north, West Virginia's land and people cry out freedom.”
This #academictourist believes that WVU would be a good fit for anyone looking for a change and a academic challenge. Learn more about WVU by visiting http://admissions.wvu.edu/admissions.
HIGH BRIDGE FOUNDATION SCHOLARSHIPS NOW AVAILABLE
High Bridge Foundation, Inc., a newly-organized non-profit organization based in Bowie, MD, is pleased to offer five (5) scholarships each valued at $1,000 to deserving high school graduates from area high schools for the 2013-2014 school year. The scholarship is intended to help support the cost of the recipient’s attendance at a trade school, community college, college, or university of his or her choice.
Graduating seniors from high schools located in the District of Columbia, Prince George’s County, MD, Montgomery County, MD, Arlington County, VA, the City of Alexandria, VA, and Fairfax County, VA, who face hardship conditions, and who are in need of financial assistance to pursue post-secondary education at trade schools, community colleges, colleges and/or universities, are eligible to apply for the scholarships.
Additional scholarship information and the application may be obtained from your high school guidance counselor or from the Foundation’s website: http://www.highbridgefoundation.org/. The deadline for application is April 19, 2013.
High Bridge Foundation, Inc. is a non-profit, tax exempt organization established by Ernie and Mencie Hairston in 2012. Dr. and Mrs. Hairston are life-long supporters of youth programs that address the needs of young people, especially those with disabilities and life challenges, who may not have easy access to scholarship information and funding. As recipients of scholarships during their student days, Dr. and Mrs. Hairston are aware that a scholarship is more than just free money -- it is a donor’s financial investment in a student’s potential to succeed and to give back to the community as well.
For further inquiries or to make a charitable contribution in support of the High Bridge Foundation, Inc. Scholarships, please contact:
Mayumi H. Escalante, President
High Bridge Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 1003
Bowie, MD 20718-1003
Tel. No. (301) 332-8368
Great summer program for rising 9th to 12th grade students. Please visit http://www.jmu.edu/multicultural/ to obtain more information.
4-H Contest Day
Contest Day will be held Saturday, March 2 at the Fairfax County Government Center. At Contest Day youth can compete in public speaking, presentations, extemporaneous speech, share the fun, and fashion revue in a supportive and low-intimidation environment. Participants will receive feedback and ribbons based on their performance. Participants of the county contest are eligible to compete at the district contest in April. Youth age 14 - 19 can then compete in the state contest at 4-H Congress in June. For more information and to register, please visit: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/fairfax/programs/4h/Contest_Day/ContestDayInfo.html
The Art of Public Speaking Workshop
This workshop is open to all youth age 9 – 18 and will be held Saturday, February 9 at the Fairfax County Government Center. The workshop will give kids a chance to learn some skills that will help them prepare for Contest Day and the many other public speaking opportunities they’ll have throughout their lives. For more information and to register, please visit: http://offices.ext.vt.edu/fairfax/programs/4h/Contest_Day/ContestDayInfo.html
Fund for Teachers is a great organization that offers full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, grants of up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000 for a summer learning experience of their own design. This year’s application deadline is January 31, 2013. The DC Center for Global Education and Leadership (CGEL) is very pleased to partner with Fund For Teachers for the first time to offer an INFORMATION SESSION on this incredible grant opportunity.
When: Tuesday, December 11, 4:30 – 6:30 pm
Where: Columbia Heights Education Campus, 16th & Irving Streets, NW - use the Bell SHS entrance.
(Columbia Heights metro stop/Green Line) Inexpensive parking is available at Target lot one block away.
Light refreshments served.
RSVP for this event at: http://www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Washington%20DC%20Program
This will be your chance to meet directly with representatives of Fund For Teachers to learn more about this great program and to get answers to your questions. This event is open to any PK-12 DC public school teacher (DCPS or charter). Private and parochial school teachers are also welcome, space permitting. The DCPS Office of Human Capital is co-sponsoring this event. RSVP required.
Questions: contact Sally at 202-251-1692 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
For more information about Fund For Teachers, go to www.fundforteachers.org.
GREAT FREE TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES FOR STUDENTS
REMINDER: NSLI FOR YOUTH: SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY LANGUAGE ABROAD – DEADLINE EXTENDED!
Program Dates: Summer 2013 and 2013-14 School Year
NEW Application Deadline: November 7, 2012
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is a US State Department funded program which provides American high school students with free opportunities to study less commonly taught critical languages in overseas academic settings. Full merit-based scholarships are available to study overseas for summer and academic year programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish.
For additional information, go to http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/nsli.html. Applications must be submitted online at http://www.nsliforyouth.org.
KENNEDY-LUGAR YOUTH EXCHANGE AND STUDY (YES) ABROAD PROGRAM
Program Dates: 2013-14 School Year
Application Deadline: January 10, 2013
The Kennedy-Lugar YES Abroad Program, sponsored by the US State Department, offers American high school students and recent graduates full scholarships to live and study for either a semester or a school year in countries with significant Muslim populations. For the 2013-14 academic year, students may live in one of the following countries: Bosnia & Herzegovina, Egypt (tentative), Ghana, India, Indonesia, Malaysia, Mali (tentative), Morocco, Oman, South Africa, Thailand, Tunisia, or Turkey. The program includes home stay and high school experiences that are intended to increase mutual understanding between American youth and young people abroad, and to deepen appreciation for religious diversity. An additional important benefit is valuable exposure/immersion in a less commonly taught language. Applicants must be US citizens, 15-18 years of age, and high school students at the time of application. Finalists will be chosen based on their demonstration of global awareness, interest in diverse cultures, curiosity, and open-mindedness.
For additional information and to apply online, go to http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/yesabroad.html or http://yesprograms.org/yesabroad. Questions? Contact email@example.com or 800-237-4636 x2151.
CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG YOUTH EXCHANGE (CBYX)
Program Dates: 2013-14 School Year
Application Deadline: January 10, 2013
The Congress-Bundestag Youth Exchange (CBYX) Program offers American high school students the opportunity to live and study abroad in Germany for an academic year through joint sponsorship by the US Congress and the German Bundestag. This fully-funded program includes cultural immersion through living with a host family and attending a German high school; intensive language course upon arrival in Germany; and meetings with US German and US government officials. Eligible students are US citizens or permanent residents, aged 15-18, with a GPA of 3.0 or higher. AFS-USA administers the selection process and the program for Washington, DC.
Applications must be submitted online through www.usagermanyscholarship.org. For further information, refer to that website or www.afsusa.org/study-abroad/scholarships/congress-bundestag.
CONGRESS-BUNDESTAG VOCATIONAL YOUTH EXCHANGE PROGRAM
Program Dates: 2013-14 School Year
Application Deadline: January 31, 2013
This is a very special, fully funded gap year or 13th year abroad for graduating US high school students with a vocational or career education background (the organizers use a very broad definition of vocational/career education). Co-funded by the US Congress and the German Bundestag, and administered by Nacel Open Door, this prestigious program is for mature and motivated high school graduates, 18 or 19 years old by July 1 of the departure year, and US citizens, with a minimum GPA of 3.0. Prior German language study is not required. Participants will engage in two months of intensive German language training, host family placement, training/school attendance, and hands-on experience through an internship with a German company (they try to find an internship in the student’s field of interest). All applicants must be nominated by their high schools. This is a great opportunity; Germany is internationally known for the excellence of its career education programs. We’d really like to find DC students to apply. Anyone interested should contact Sally at firstname.lastname@example.org to discuss.
For more information and to apply, go to www.nacelopendoor.org/traveling_scholarships.htm or call 800-622-3553.
OPERATION UNDERSTANDING DC
Program Dates: Jan – Dec 2013
Application Deadline: November 14, 2012
Operation Understanding DC’s mission is to build a generation of African American and Jewish community leaders who promote respect, understanding, and cooperation while working to eradicate racism, anti-Semitism and all forms of discrimination. Each fall OUDC selects African American and Jewish juniors from DC area schools to take part in this one-year (Jan-Dec) leadership program. Students learn about their respective histories and cultures, take part in a 3-week summer travel program to sites of historic interest to African Americans and Jews, and return the following fall for leadership training and to lead diversity seminars. This is a great program for students with leadership potential and an interest in social justice and cross-cultural understanding. The program is FREE.
Go to www.oudc.org for more information and to download the application. Or call OUDC at 202-234-6832.
INTERNATIONAL TRAVEL OPPORTUNITIES FOR EDUCATORS
FULBRIGHT-HAYS SEMINARS ABROAD PROGRAM - CHINA
Travel Dates: Summer 2013
Application Deadline: December 10, 2012
The Fulbright-Hays Seminars Abroad Program, funded through the US Department of Education, offers excellent summer study and travel seminars abroad for US elementary and secondary educators. All seminars are in non-Western countries, with the purpose of improving understanding and knowledge of the people and culture of other countries. Only one seminar is offered in summer 2013 – to China for four weeks – with only 14-16 slots available nationwide, subject to the availability of funds. Most expenses are covered; a very modest co-pay is required. The program is open to U.S. K-12 educators, administrators, and media resource specialists who have responsibility for curriculum and instruction in the social sciences, humanities, foreign languages and area studies. Applicants must have at least 3 years of full-time experience in their field. Those who work in high poverty, high needs schools are particularly encouraged to apply.
For more information and application instructions, go to http://www2.ed.gov/programs/iegpssap/sapfacts.html.
If you have additional questions, contact Carly Borgmeier at email@example.com or 202-502-7691.
DISTINGUISHED FULBRIGHT AWARDS IN TEACHING
Travel Dates: 3-6 months during the 2013-14 School Year
Application Deadline: December 15, 2012
Sponsored by the US State Department and administered by IIE, the Distinguished Fulbright Awards in Teaching Program recognizes and encourages excellence in teaching in the US and abroad. US elementary and secondary educators selected for this fully-funded program will study in an overseas research center or university for a period of 3 to 6 months. Awardees will enroll in graduate-level classes, be required to complete a capstone project of their own design, team-teach in local schools, and conduct workshops for host country teachers. They will be expected to share information about their experience within their schools and communities upon their return. Applicants must be US citizens, with a Masters degree or enrolled in a Masters program, and in at least their fifth year of full time teaching. K-12 teachers, guidance counselors, curriculum heads, media specialists/librarians are eliglble to apply. Participating countries in the 2013-14 school year are: Argentina, Finland, India, Mexico, Morocco, Singapore, South Africa, and the UK. Please note that all applicants must obtain administrative support for 3 to 6 months of paid or unpaid leave.
Go to www.fulbrightteacherexchange.org for more detailed information and to apply online. Additional questions should be addressed to firstname.lastname@example.org or 202-326-7778.
FUND FOR TEACHERS
Program Dates: Summer 2013
Application Deadline: January 31, 2013
This is an absolutely unique opportunity to design your own global professional education experience! Fund for Teachers enriches the personal and professional growth of teachers by recognizing and supporting them as they identify and pursue opportunities around the globe that will have the greatest impact on their practice, the academic lives of their students, and on their school communities. Full-time PK-12 teachers, with at least 3 years teaching experience, may apply for up to $5,000 individually or a team of teachers may apply for up to $10,000 for a summer learning experience of their own design. Many lucky DC teachers have been awarded these FFT fellowships, and have been able to travel all over the world as a result. This is a tremendous opportunity!
Go to www.fundforteachers.org for additional information and to apply online. Webinars have been scheduled to explain the program and the application process. Register at www.fundforteachers.org/events.cfm?p=Washington.
More questions? Contact Carrie Pillsbury 800-681-2667.
NSLI FOR YOUTH: SCHOLARSHIPS TO STUDY LANGUAGE ABROAD
Program Dates: Summer 2013 and 2013-14 School Year
Application Deadline: November 1, 2012
The National Security Language Initiative for Youth (NSLI-Y) is a US State Department funded program which provides American high school students with free opportunities to study less commonly taught critical languages in overseas academic settings. Full merit-based scholarships are available to study overseas for summer and academic year programs in Arabic, Chinese (Mandarin), Hindi, Korean, Persian (Tajik), Russian, and Turkish. This includes gap year programs. NSLI-Y scholars participate in intensive language classes, home stays, cultural experiences, and volunteer projects. These are EXCELLENT opportunities for students to get started on learning a critical language that will be extremely useful in their future college and career plans. Applicants must be US citizens, high school students with a minimum 2.5 GPA, and 15-18 years of age at the start of the program. Previous language study is not required.
NSLI for Youth only accepts on-line applications. To apply, go to http://www.nsliforyouth.org. For more information, refer to http://exchanges.state.gov/youth/programs/nsli.html, or contact American Councils at 1-866-790-2086 or email@example.com.
Mark Ausbrooks is the Academic Tourist. He occasionally blogs about colleges and universities that he encounters.