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The Riley Institute at Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program


Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders is a leadership and civic engagement program for high school students sponsored by the Richard W. Riley Institute at Furman University. This week-long summer program (June 16-21, 2019) offers a series of experiences that enable students to develop into civic-minded and engaged leaders in their communities. During the week, participants attend workshops at Furman that prepare them to plan and implement a service project addressing a specific need within their own communities. Students will then return to campus in the spring to present the results of their projects to their peers and a panel of judges. Additional project funds are awarded to the winner. The Riley Institute at Furman’s Emerging Public Leaders (EPL) program is looking for rising high school seniors (current juniors) who are striving to become leaders and improve their communities. EPL, which includes a residential week on the Furman campus (June 16 – 21) and a school-year long service component, is free of charge to all current juniors who are selected to participateApplications are due Friday April 5, 2019.  

How to apply: 

Link to application:

For additional questions and information, please contact me at or 864-921-8367.  

“EPL is amazing! This week taught me so much that that traditional school setting could never have taught me. For the first time I learned about public speaking, leadership through service (Frazee and Soup kitchen), and the importance of using your strengths as well as others’.” – Reilly Arford, current senior at Ridge View High School, EPL Class of 2018-2019



USC Summer Seniors

Summer Seniors is a four-day, residential recruitment program designed exclusively for high-achieving African American rising high school seniors from South Carolina. If selected to attend, you will experience firsthand what it's like to live on a college campus. This year, Summer Seniors will be held from July 18 through July 21, 2018.

Attendees will have the opportunity to:

  • Experience life as a college student
  • Learn how to navigate the college admissions process
  • Learn what it takes to be a successful student
  • Connect with Carolina students, faculty, and staff
  • Discover what Carolina has to offer

NOTE: If selected, attendees must pay a $75 program fee to secure their space at Summer Seniors. The fee covers overnight accommodations, meals, and activities for the four-day program. The program fee can be waived for South Carolina students who qualify for a College Board fee waiver,  ACT fee waiver, or NACAC fee waiver.

How to Apply For Summer Seniors

Applying is easy. Simply fill out our on online application form. Make sure you have a copy of your unofficial high school transcript ready to upload at the end of the application.  

The application deadline is May 16, 2018.

Questions? Call the Office of Undergraduate Admissions at 803-777-7700 or 800-868-5872 or email.


Senior Project at College of Charleston

Senior Project is a weeklong, college preparatory program serving multicultural/first generation, rising high school seniors. Senior Project will be held July 14-July 19, 2019. 

Over the course of six days and five nights on campus, program participants will:

  • Interact with current College of Charleston students.
  • Attend a college class and interactive workshops.
  • Attend an ACT testing strategies workshop.
  • Learn valuable time management and writing skills.
  • Experience all Charleston has to offer!     

You are not automatically admitted to Senior Project; you must first apply. The Senior Project committee will review your application upon completion and email you concerning your decision. For your application file to be complete, we must receive your online program application, high school transcripts and standardized test scores.

You can email your transcripts and test scores to or mail them to:

College of Charleston
Office of Admissions
Attn: Senior Project
66 George Street
Charleston, SC 29424-0001

Once you've been accepted to Senior Project, you'll have to submit the $150 program fee and participation forms to attend. (We'll email you all the details!) You can mail your program fee to: College of Charleston, Treasurer's Office, 66 George St., Charleston, SC 29424. Please make checks payable to College of Charleston and include Senior Project in the memo. Partial scholarships are available for those who qualify. 

For more information, contact Debbie Counts or call 843.953.4954.

Summer Programs at Clemson -

SPRI - Summer Program for Research Interns

Designed specifically to be a research program before college life begins, SPRI is designated for rising high school seniors at the South Carolina Governor’s School for Science and Mathematics (GSSM).  Every student at GSSM participates in a summer research experience mentored by academics and professionals across South Carolina, the country, and the world.

Clemson University, Calhoun Honors College, SPRI, research, before college research, At Clemson University, SPRI is managed by the Calhoun Honors College and the Summer Scholars Program. They work in collaboration with the following colleges to host GSSM students for a six-week period during the summer:

  1. College of Agriculture, Forestry, and Life Sciences
  2. College of Science
  3. College of Engineering, Computing and Applied Sciences

The student interns work with faculty mentors for six weeks to conduct an original research project in a wide variety of subjects in both field and laboratory setting.  At the end of the six-week period, the students present their findings in a poster session in the Honors Center. In addition, the students submit a formal abstract and present their work again at the annual South Carolina Governor's School for Science and Mathematics Research Colloquium the following February. In the past, some students have also chosen to submit their projects to the South Carolina Junior Academy of Science for competition.

In SPRI, GSSM students gain a unique and direct experience with the scientific process, which develops their understanding of the scientific method, the methods of discovery, subject matter expertise, critical thinking skills, data analysis and quantitative skills, creativity, and communication skills. They may have additional opportunities to present their research in academic journals or at professional conferences in conjunction with their summer research mentor.

For more information about SPRI, contact SPRI logistical coordinator Melissa Hawkins at


Charles H. Houston Center for the Study of the Black Experience in Education

The Clemson Career Workshop is a summer program designed to support readiness of high-achieving students from diverse populations to enter college. The Clemson Career Workshop enables rising high school seniors an opportunity to get an inside look into Clemson University while learning tips and tools needed to prepare for college and beyond. Furthermore, the Clemson Career Workshop provides students exposure to areas in science, technology, engineering, and mathematics.

Please review each tab for important information about the program.

Camp Dates: Sunday, June 23 - Saturday, June 29, 2019


For more information about the Clemson Career Workshop, please contact Dr. Cherese Fine via email or by telephone at 864-656-0676.



Duke University High School Summer Programs

  • 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.

2019 Junior and Senior Project College Summer Preparatory Programs.  These programs are geared toward multicultural/1st generation students.  For rising Juniors (Junior Project) we are looking for students with at least a "B" average (3.2 or higher) and for rising Seniors (Senior Project) we are looking for students with at least an "AB" average (3.5 or higher). 

Lexington Medical Center

Partners Program and Foundation Healthcare Scholarships

The Partners Program is a fun and intensive three-week summer internship program open to all rising Juniors and Seniors from Lexington County school districts, including home school students.  Participants complete three rotations through a variety of clinical areas, learning about various careers in healthcare including professional and allied health careers such as radiology, surgical tech, physical therapy, nursing, physician, and administration roles. The application deadline is February 24, 2019.  Applicants will be notified by April 1st, 2019 the status of their application. Due to the high volume of applicants, not all that apply will be selected to interview. Notifications will be sent by email.