SOAR High School

Special Program Opportunities



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A Free Visit To Oberlin

Oberlin's Multicultural Visit Program (MVP) is a selective, all-expenses-paid visit program for high-achieving high school seniors. We encourage applications from students from diverse backgrounds such as Black or African American, American Indian or Alaska Native, Asian, Hispanic/Latino/a/x, or Native Hawaiian or Pacific Islander. To support socioeconomic diversity, the selection committee will also consider students from families with limited financial resources, regardless of cultural or racial background, as well as those who are among the first in their families to attend college (first generation). 

This is a selective program that seeks students serious about Oberlin and their education. High school seniors accepted to the program receive an all-expenses-paid trip to Oberlin to stay in residence halls, tour the campus, visit classes, attend admissions and financial aid workshops, and meet current students, professors, and staff. 

Dates for the fall 2017 MVP programs are below.  

2017 Program Dates and Deadlines

Program Date

Application Deadline


November 9 - 11, 2017

October 19

November 30 - December 2, 2017 

November 9


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Saturday, October 28, 2017 at 10:00 AM until 03:00 PM

Fall Open House

Loyola University Maryland
4501 N Charles St
Baltimore, MD 21210
United States


Event Program Details:

  • President's Welcome - Hear from Loyola's president, Rev. Brian Linnane, S.J., as he welcomes you to campus.
  • Academic Department Overviews - Meet with professors from each academic department at sessions explaining the curriculum, internships, activities, facilities, and career opportunities of each major.
  • Special Interest Group Sessions - Learn about a variety of topics—community service, first-year programs, the Honors Program, recreational sports, ROTC/military science, study abroad, financial aid and scholarships, and transfer admission.
  • Lunch - Enjoy a light lunch with Loyola alumni, current students, and your future classmates.
  • Campus Tour - Spend some time getting to know one of our Greyhound Ambassadors.
  • Fitness and Aquatic Center Tour - Explore our state-of-the-art Fitness and Aquatic Center before you head home. 

2018 Leadership Conference for High School Students Information


DATE: March 22-25, 2018

LOCATION: Sacramento, CA

DEADLINE: October 25, 2017


Background: The annual Asian Pacific Youth Leadership Project (APYLP) conference provides a select group of 50 Asian and Pacific Islander seniors and juniors from public, private and charter high schools throughout California with a unique opportunity to gain first-hand knowledge of the legislative process, community leadership, and political activism. During the four-day, three-night conference, students will participate in a Mock Legislature at the State Capitol that includes the election of peer legislative leaders, lively debate of current issues through the introduction of legislation, and the lobbying of bills during committee hearings and the Senate floor session. Additionally, small group workshops facilitated by Asian Pacific legislative staff, community activists, and business leaders will assist students in developing their leadership and public speaking skills, enhance their cultural awareness and identity, and explore the richness and diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities in California.


Who Should Apply: Although any California junior or senior year high school student may apply, APYLP strongly encourages applications from Asian and Pacific Islander youth who have some leadership experience and especially from students who show leadership potential, but whose participation in programs such as APYLP may have been hindered in the past by economic, geographic, language, or other factors. The conference program is designed specifically for Asian and Pacific Islander youth to learn more about themselves, issues of importance to their communities, and how to empower their leadership potential through the political process, public service and community service. Participants in past conferences have been representative of the rich cultural, racial, multiracial, linguistic, and socio-economic diversity of Asian and Pacific Islander communities from urban, suburban and rural areas throughout California.


Transportation, Room & Board: There is no cost to students accepted to the high school leadership conference. Through its fundraising efforts and generous sponsorships, APYLP pays all costs for travel, lodging, meals, and conference materials for all students selected to participate in the conference. The high school program is a supervised activity with volunteer advisors assigned to each student throughout the program.


Instructions for Applicants: The simple four-page application is available in both online and printable formats. Printable applications can be downloaded at our website and once completed, must be returned by U.S. mail only. Online applications can be accessed at our website and must be submitted online.


Applications must be postmarked or submitted online no later than October 25, 2017, so don’t delay and apply now!


All information and fields on the application must be completed. Applicants should write thoughtful and informative responses to each question. The Selection & Outreach Committee will carefully review all applications to select the 50 students and a few alternates who will be invited to participate in the 2017 high school conference in Sacramento.


Student notification will begin on: February 1, 2018. If you haven't received a notification in the mail by February 7, 2018, please contact us. 




P.S. you must fill out the application in its entirety online and cannot skip ahead. To view questions ahead of time, please download the printable version below, they contain the same questions.


You can download this .pdf document and mail the completed form back to us postmarked no later than the deadline. Do not email this form to us, you may apply online by following the link above.



Disney Dreamers Academy
Harness the Power of Your Dreams

Disney Dreamers Academy is a 4-day, power-packed event in which 100 select high school students, ages 13 to 19, are inspired, motivated and prepared to dream big.

Disney Dreamers experience: 

  • Inspirational guest speakers with immersive presentations 
  • Career activities ranging from animation, journalism and entrepreneurship to culinary arts and zoology 
  • Networking and interviewing opportunities 

Disney is currently seeking students with a winning combination of attributes. We’re looking for potential Dreamers who reflect strong character, positive attitude and persistence to take advantage of opportunities.

Key Attributes:
  • Intellectual curiosity – creative and quick-witted
  • Compassion – gives to others who need assistance
  • Courage – overcomes obstacles, brave, spirited, survivor
  • Leadership ability – the go-to person who pursues ideas with passion

  • Dreams about their future
  • Positive approach to life
  • Grateful and humble
  • Takes advantage of resources

We're looking for Dreamers for next year's Disney Dreamers Academy, a program designed to give young people the tools they need to make their dreams come true. Potential Dreamers must be between the ages of 13 and 19, living in the United States and be enrolled in high school, grades 9 through 12, when applying. For a complete list of rules, go here.
For more information and the online application: 
Disney Dreamers Academy is accepting applications through October 31, 2017 for the Disney Dreamers Academy program. Follow us on Facebook and Twitter for updates.
See the paper application below for reference.



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Are you ready for more advanced art training? Ryman Arts oers a free advanced studio art program that is designed to help you achieve your dreams by strengthening your art skills and preparing you for college and a career in art.



Ryman Arts offers three sequential courses:

Foundation Drawing

Intermediate Drawing & Painting

Advanced Painting

All students start with Foundation Drawing and may reapply for the following levels upon the completion of each semester.


Foundation Drawing Class sponsored by DreamWorks Animation focuses on drawing technique and composition, and includes an introduction to figure drawing.



Application to the program is open to all students enrolled in high school grades 9 – 12.


The Ryman Arts application process is competitive, with an acceptance rate around 50%. A committee reviews all applications, scoring them on multiple criteria (primarily evidence of skill and motivation). Ryman Arts strives to create a diverse class of students from schools throughout Southern California.



Saturdays at California State University, Fullerton, or on Sundays at Otis College of Art & Design, in Los Angeles.


Class times:

9:00 am to 12:30 pm or 1:00 pm to 4:30 pm.



All classes are free of charge. If selected, you will receive a full scholarship that covers the cost of instruction, art supplies, and field trips. Public transportation reimbursement is available.




See the application below for more details.


Deadline: 12/1/17


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LEDA is a national, not-for-profit organization dedicated to identifying and developing the academic and leadership potential of exceptional public high school students from socioeconomically disadvantaged backgrounds.

Each year, LEDA recruits 100 exceptional high school students who show leadership potential but may lack the exposure and support needed to attend and succeed at highly competitive colleges and universities.
LEDA students will attend the Aspects of Leadership Summer Institute, an intensive seven-week program and completely free of charge for LEDA Scholars. It includes leadership training, academic writing instruction, standardized test preparation, college guidance, and community building. The Summer Institute provides LEDA Scholars with a unique range of learning experiences that help them develop and sharpen their problem-solving skills and open the door to reaching their potential as students and leaders. It’s what we call Leadership for the Common Good.


Socioeconomic Background:

  • Students must be from low-income backgrounds. Eligibility is assessed individually based on the composition and income of a student’s family.
  • Students who will be first-generation college students are given particular consideration.
  • Students must be U. S. citizens, Permanent Residents, or have been granted Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) status.


Personal Attributes:

  • Demonstrated leadership abilities
  • Intellectual curiosity and devotion to study
  • Hunger to learn and achieve academically
  • Ethics, integrity, and strength of character


Academic Qualifications:

  • Be a junior in a public high school (11th grader) at the time of applying
  • Have an unweighted cumulative GPA of at least 3.6 and class ranking within the top 10% of the high school class
  • A record of enrollment and success in the most rigorous courses available to the student, e.g., honors, AP, IB, dual credit, or concurrent enrollment courses
  • Exceptional analytical reading and writing skills, demonstrating preparedness for selective colleges and universities
  • Scores above the national average on the PSAT, SAT, PLAN, and/or ACT


LEDA reserves the right to consider all applications on a case-by-case basis and may take additional personal and academic factors into account when making final admission decisions.


The LEDA Scholars program is free for all students admitted.


Successful applicants must complete a rigorous, multi-tiered application process, mirroring the admissions process for highly selective colleges and universities. To start or continue your application, click here.


If you have any questions about LEDA’s recruitment and admissions process that is not answered on our website, please contact us at


Deadline to apply is 12/12/17

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Summer Scholars

Program Date: June 23 – July 7, 2018


Summer Scholars participants spend two intense weeks in one of 20 exciting programs of study. We keep the classes small and personal attention from Notre Dame faculty high. The coursework is a true preview of college academics—it is both rigorous and rewarding, and students earn one college credit upon the completion of a program track. Students collaborate on coursework outside designated class times, as they would in any college setting. There is also ample time to enjoy the social facets of college life, especially those unique to Notre Dame.


Eligibility and Application Requirements

We welcome high school students who meet the following criteria to apply to Summer Scholars:

  • Current sophomores and juniors (will be rising juniors and seniors)
  • Strong academic standing with solid extracurricular activities
  • At least 16 years old by or on August 1, 2018
  • Qualified applicants must be self-motivated, self-disciplined, and demonstrate a high level of maturity. In addition, applicants must express a sincere desire to be part of the Notre Dame community while they are participating in the program.


Application Requirements

Interested students must submit an online application, a high school transcript, a counselor report, and a letter of recommendation from a high school teacher. Standardized test scores (SAT, ACT, or PSAT) are strongly encouraged to enhance a student's Summer Scholars application, but they are not required.

Please have the following items prepared before you begin your application process:

  • High school guidance counselor name and email address*
  • High school recommending teacher’s name and email address*
  • An electronic copy of your standardized test scores (you may scan a copy of your score report and upload it in the online application when instructed to do so);  
  • Major credit card for payment of $52.25 application fee (includes online processing fee)


*Supplemental documentation is required to complete your application. Our office will send an auto-email to your counselor requesting a transcript, counselor report, and school profile. Our office will also send an auto-email to your recommending teacher requesting their recommendation. Please speak with your recommending teacher and obtain their approval before you add your teacher's contact information to your application. Please read the application instructions very carefully and follow up with your counselor and teacher to confirm their receipt of the auto-emails.


Applications and all supporting documents must be submitted by February 5, 2018, but the financial aid deadline is January 29th.


Note: Files will be reviewed once all application materials are received.


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Click Here to Apply to Summer Scholars!


If you have any questions, please feel free to contact the Office of Pre-College Programs at or (574) 631-0990


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