Do you think you might be interested in being a dentist? There is a great program for high school students here in Portland. Dental students at OHSU meet monthly with students for a lecture and lab, so you can try it out to make sure it is as fun as you think it might be. Here's a link to the Dental Exploring Program.
Check out this job opportunity. Application deadline is July 1.
Groundwork Portland is currently hiring youth for the summer Green Team!
Duration: July 15th, 2013 – August 30th, 2013
Hours: 2 work days + one educational day each week
Overview: Green Team offers leadership opportunities and experience with environmental and social justice issues, brownfields redevelopment, job skills, environmental careers, watershed restoration, and environmental stewardship. Youth will gain the tools to influence development in their neighborhoods and region, calling for more equitable distribution of natural resource assets.
What you gain:
Work outdoors in the summer sunshine
Learn about and work for environmental change
Gain job skills
Add to your resume
Make new friends and have fun!
How to Apply:
If you’re interested in becoming a member of this year’s Green Team, fill out an application: Green Team Application. The application also includes more information about the program.
Send your application to Cassie Cohen, Executive Director, at firstname.lastname@example.org, or drop the application off at our office, located at 3802 NE Martin Luther King Jr Blvd.
The deadline to apply is Monday, July 1st, 2013.
Groundwork Portland is an EEO employer and encourages applications from people of color, lesbian, gay, bisexual and transgender people and women.
The Carpe Diem Foundation is offering a great scholarship for their gap year programs to a low-income, first generation student. The student must be admitted to Portland State University, awarded a Pell grant and be a first generation college student. Click here for the application process. This is a great opportunity to travel internationally, earn credit and serve your community. The application deadline is June 1. Ask for an deadline extension if you need it! Let them know you just found out about the program.
If you are looking to apply for a structured summer program, there are still some programs whose deadlines have not passed. I will list a few here. Most are relatively local.
The University of Oregon is offering an arts, architecture, and design camp at their Portland campus.
Oregon State and the University of Portland are hosting Business Week camps.
Oregon Tradeswomen is offering camps for middle school (wait list) and high school girls who are interested in learning skills in the building construction field. (This could also be useful information to understand in the field of engineering). This is a very inexpensive program: $25.
The Oregon Writing Project is offering a workshop on writing college application essays. This is a bargain for the amount of help you will receive.
The University of British Columbia, Okanagan campus has extended the deadline for their environmental summer program until May 31. Remember, you need a passport or an enhanced driver's license to go to Canada.
Many of these programs are first-come, first-served. Apply now if you are interested.
The Common Application is the most used application in applying to private colleges (and now a few public universities). Please do not use the fast applications that some colleges will send you. If they have offered the fast app to you as a free option, they also have to let you submit the Common Application (CA) without any cost to you. Ask the college admissions representative at that particular college how you can do that or write to me and I will give you the information. The fast apps shortchange your application and could affect your admission qualifications or the amount of scholarships you may be offered. The CA goes live on August 1 each year for the upcoming application season, but you can begin working on your essays before then. The new prompts are outlined below. Remember, applying to college is like adding another AP or IB course to your schedule. Get as much done in the summer as possible! Don't forget to check each college's website for early scholarship application deadlines. If you do not apply by these deadlines, you will not be offered any scholarships. Not all schools have early deadlines, but you don't want to miss those that do. Here are the new essay questions. You should write around 500 words, but no more than 650 words and no fewer than 250 will be accepted.
Here's the official link to this page on the common application website.
Kathy Garrett has been a school counselor for over 30 years, and a college counselor for well over a decade.