Essay Contest

Dear students,

It has come to the attention of the school counseling department that many of you enjoy the honorable pursuit of ceaseless argument and debate. As your school counselors, we affirm and encourage this enthusiastic exchange of ideas, and while many of you prefer to do so verbally and at a high volume, we would like you to know that there are other outlets at your disposal. For instance, the 2019 Fourth Circuit Essay Contest asks you to put forth your finest argument on the topic of Tinker v. Des Moines, an influential Supreme Court decision regarding the freedom of speech in schools. We will post this opportunity on our Scholarship Info page, so take a look and get to arguing.


Make sure to check the Scholarship Info tab above as new scholarships are continuously being uploaded. See your school counselor if you need any assistance!

February Newsletter


The February edition of the School Counseling Newsletter is now available at the “Newsletters” tab above. Our college-bound seniors may have some college decisions rolling in, so now is the time to take a serious look at funding your education. Check out the many financial aid opportunities that are available, find which ones apply to you, and apply, apply, apply. As always, see your counselor if you have any questions.

U.Va Society of Women Engineers

The Society of Women Engineers at the University of Virginia invites high school sophomores, juniors and seniors to apply to our High School Visitation program on Saturday, March 30th, 2019. The program gives young women a comprehensive look at the different engineering fields and UVA’s engineering curriculum through informative speakers, panels, lab tours, and hands-on design activities. The program is designed to benefit participants with all levels of engineering experience, but we particularly target those students who are not yet familiar with the field and may be interested in applying to engineering schools or pursuing a STEM career.

To apply, students should complete the HSV Spring 2019 Application which can be found on the UVA SWE Website (

Duke University Summer Session

Grades 9-12 Duke Summer Session applications are now open. STEM opportunities! Through participating in one of our three transformative summer programs at Duke University, you will experience our commitment to academic excellence and personal growth as you challenge yourself, connect with new people, and create lasting memories over the course of the summer. All the while, you will be enhancing your college application and laying the foundation for future success at elite universities.  

For information Apply online: 

Summer Enrichment for 8th and 9th Graders

The Building Leaders for Advancing Science and Technology (BLAST) ProgramThis program is a FREE 3-day residential summer experience that occurs at ODU, VT, and UVA. This year we will have four sessions. Students will attend one of the four sessions and complete hands-on STEM sessions that are led by university faculty and staff. I have attached a flyer, and information as well as how to apply can be found on the BLAST website: I look forward to seeing your students’ applications.