Student Opportunities

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All Schools

Apply Now for Spring Break STEM Enrichment Programs
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: April 22-26, 2019
Students in kindergarten through grade 12 can apply now to attend exciting spring break STEM enrichment and experiential learning programs. A wide range of programs are offered at the NYC Department of Education Genovesi Environmental Study Center and NYC Center for Aerospace and Applied Mathematics, the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum, Bronx Zoo, Central Park Zoo, Museum of the City of New York, New York Aquarium, New-York Historical Society, Prospect Park Zoo, Queens Botanical Garden, Queens County Farm Museum, Queens Zoo, Staten Island MakerSpace NYC, Staten Island Zoo, and Wave Hill. Priority is given to students who attend Title I schools. Download the flyer, learn more, and apply.

Scholarships for Yoga-Dance-Gymnastics Movement Classes and Performance Project for Children and Teens with Special Needs
Application Deadline: February 28, 2019
Event: February 4-June 2, 2019
Contact: Paul Keoni/212-643-9013
Keoni Movement Arts is providing a limited number of scholarships based on financial need to children and teens who have a deep desire and ability to learn yoga, dance, and gymnastics skills. The spring semester culminates in a performance on June 2, 2019 where all students will have the opportunity to demonstrate skills they’ve learned and movement pieces they’ve helped choreograph in front of a supportive audience. There is an annual registration fee of $25 and families are encourage to apply soon, as spots are limited. Classes take place in Manhattan at Stepping Out Studios, 37 West 26 Street and Clinton Cameo Studios, 307 West 43 Street. Learn more and apply
 
Girls in Science and Engineering Day
Registration Deadline: March 4, 2019
Event: March 9, 2019
The Intrepid Museum invites all families to celebrate science, technology, engineering, and math at the fifth annual Girls in Science and Engineering Day. Participants will enjoy hands-on experiences, exciting demonstrations, and engaging discussions provided by science-based organizations, college programs, and students. The event is free to attend and is located at the Intrepid Museum’s Education Center at Pier 86 between West 46 Street and 12 Avenue in Manhattan. Learn more and register

Brain Awareness Day at the American Museum of Natural History
Registration Deadline: March 14, 2019
Event: March 14, 2019
Contact: oowre-bell@amnh.org/212-769-5200
The Brain Awareness Week celebration at the American Museum of Natural History features hands-on activities that allow students to explore how the most complex organ in the body works, how it has evolved, and how it makes us human. The event will take place from 10:00am-12:00pm. Learn more and register.  

City that Drinks the Mountain Sky
Registration Deadline: April 30, 2019
Event: April 30, 2019
Contact: educationoffice@dep.nyc.gov/718-482-5150
New City that Drinks the Mountain Sky is a show that teaches students about the New York City water supply system through mask and Puppet Theater accompanied by live music. There are two options for show times: 10:00-11:00am or 11:30am-12:30pm. The performances will take place at the LaGuardia Performing Arts Center located at LaGuardia Community College in Long Island City, Queens. Learn more and call 718-482-5150 to reserve your tickets.


Middle Schools

New York State Conference of Mayors (NYCOM) Essay Contest for Student in Grade 8 
Submission Deadline: March 6, 2019
Contact: Jennifer Purcell/518-463-1185 
Students in grade 8 are invited to participate in the third annual statewide essay contest addressing the topic, “If I Were Mayor, I Would…” Winning students will receive $150 for first place, $75 for second place, and $50 for third place in addition to being highlighted on the NYCOM website and in the Municipal Matters magazine. The first place winner, along with their parents, teacher, and mayor will also be invited to and recognized at the NYCOM Annual Meeting in May in Cooperstown and will receive an overnight stay near the Otesaga Resort for May 5. Submissions must be between 350-500 words. Learn more and apply.  

2019 Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp Application
Application Deadline: April 17, 2019
Event: August 5-16, 2019
Contact: Ellen Mauser/917-521-3762
Middle School Arts Audition Boot Camp is a free, two-week program to help middle school students prepare for admittance to screened NYC DOE high school arts programs. Students who are enrolled in a Title I school, entering grade 8 in September 2019, and are interested in auditioning for screened high school arts programs are welcome to apply. This is an intensive ten-session, half-day program for up to 350 students. This intensive program is administered by the NYC DOE Office of Arts and Special Projects and will be held at Lincoln Center Education in Manhattan. Admission is by online application and audition. Students may apply and audition for only one studio. Auditions will be held on May 4 and May 5, 2019. Learn more and apply.

Middle and High Schools

Summer Travel Scholarships for Trip of a Lifetime
Application Deadline: March 1, 2019
Event: Summer 2019
Contact: Stan Rosenberg/914-438-5834
Trip of a Lifetime is now accepting applications for its summer travel scholarships. Trip of a Lifetime sends underserved students from NYC on teen tour and community service trips to the Ghana, Costa Rica, and within the United States. This opportunity is available to students who are entering grades 7-11 and can demonstrate financial need. Learn more and apply.
  
Free Class Visits to the 9/11 Tribute Museum
Registration Deadline: March 1, 2019
Event: January-March 2019
Contact: Kristine Pottinger/212-422-3520; ext. 126
The 9/11 Tribute Museum is offering a limited number of free class visits for NYC public school students. Class visits start with an age-appropriate discussion with a trained school guide who is also a member of the 9/11 community. The guide will detail their experience and share a message of empathy and empowerment with the students to encourage them to pay it forward through acts of service and kindness. After the guide’s presentation, students will be able to go on a self-guided tour of the Museum. Class visits cover up to 35 students per class free of charge. Learn more and register.

GOALS for Girls Summer Intensive
Application Deadline: March 18, 2019
Event: July 8-August 16, 2019 
The Intrepid Sea Air & Space Museum is now accepting applications for the GOALS Summer Intensive STEM program. The program is free and open to female students in grades 8 and 9 who reside in New York City, have an interest in STEM, possess a growth mindset, and are able to commit to the full six-week summer program. The program takes place at the Intrepid Sea, Air & Space Museum and includes off-site trips and workshops. Learn more and apply

Have a Grandchild of a Holocaust Survivor Visit Your Classroom
Event: Ongoing
Contact: Ben Sherak
3GNY’s We Educate program trains grandchildren of Holocaust survivors to tell their family’s story to NYC public school students. Since the program began in 2010, speakers have presented in more than 80 schools across the city. Students studying the Holocaust and genocide especially will gain invaluable, connected, personalized history that is hard for textbooks to replicate. Speakers are coordinated to fit into your classroom’s schedule. Learn more and request a speaker
 

High Schools

Columbus Citizens Foundation College Scholarship 
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: Ongoing
Contact: 212-249-9923 ext. 232 
The Columbus Citizens Foundation provides scholarships to public or parochial high school students with Italian heritage. Recipients receive a four-year scholarship that helps underwrite the cost of their college tuition. Our scholarships, while generous, provide assistance towards tuition but will not cover payment for all school costs. In order to be eligible to apply, students must be 25% or more Italian, have a 3.0 GPA (85%) or higher, and demonstrate financial need (no more than $25,000 of income per person in the household). Learn more and apply.

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program
Application Deadline: February 15, 2019
Event: August 2–12, 2019
Contact: Tieisha M. Tift/609-258-0219
The Princeton Summer Journalism Program (PSJP) is a free journalism and college preparatory program for high school juniors from low-income backgrounds. During the intensive residential 10-day summer program, students will engage in workshops, lectures, and activities led by Princeton professors, professional journalists, and PSJP alumni. Activities culminate in the publication of the student-produced newspaper, the Princeton Summer Journal. During the students’ senior year of high school, they will be matched with a volunteer college counselor who is a professional journalist or program alum to help with the college application process. All expenses are paid for by the program. Learn more and apply.

Apply for the Service in Schools Leadership Institute
Application Deadline: March 4, 2019
Event: April 22-26 and May 24, 2019
Contact: Service in Schools  
Students in grades 10-12 interested in becoming leaders while also serving the community are invited to apply for the Service in Schools (SIS) Leadership Institute. The SIS Leadership Institute, powered by Service in Schools, is an exciting opportunity for NYC public high school students to build their leadership skills over the course of a five-day Institute during spring break from April 22-26, 2019. The SIS Leadership Institute culminates in the planning and implementation of a daylong Youth Service Summit for elementary school students on May 24, 2019. Learn more and apply.

ThiNK Yale Essay Contest
Submission Deadline: March 10, 2019
Contact: Nathan Kim
There's hope in North Korea (ThiNK) is a humanitarian group at Yale University focused on North Korean human rights and humanitarian aid. Students interested in the ThiNK essay contest have a choice of three essay prompts. Learn more about ThiNKthe essay contest, and submit.

Hk Maker Lab Summer Program in Engineering Design
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Event: July 15-August 22, 2019
Hk Maker Lab is a free six-week hands-on summer program in biomedical engineering design for students currently in grades 10 and 11. Students will work in groups of four to learn the engineering design process and apply it to solve a real-world health problem. Along the way, they will learn how to build electronic devices, write code, and use fabrication tools like 3D printers. The program takes place Monday-Thursday from 10:00am-4:00pm at Columbia School of Engineering, 500 West 120 Street in Manhattan. Learn more and apply.

New York Bioforce Biomedical Research Internship Program
Application Deadline: March 15, 2019
Event: April -August 2019
New York Bioforce is a comprehensive biomedical research internship program for students currently in grades 11 and 12. Participants will receive hands-on research training covering everything from mixing solutions to Python programming. Each intern will be matched with a research lab at Weill Cornell Medicine, Memorial Sloan Kettering, or Columbia University. Working under the mentorship of lab scientists, interns will conduct novel biomedical research and present their work at a poster session in August. Research training happens on select Saturdays in April-June, 2019 and the internship is from June-August, 2019. The application and program are both free, and participating students will receive a $1,000 stipend. Learn more and apply.  
 

Institute for Environmental Journalism
Application Deadline: May 15, 2019
Event: July 1-12, 2019 or July 15-26, 2019
Contact: Katina Paron
At the Institute for Environmental Journalism, students will spend two weeks either in NYC or Maine immersing themselves in climate science, going off-site on reporting trips, hearing from guest speakers, and working with professional reporters to produce their own journalism piece. This opportunity is open to motivated and curious students entering grades 10-12 or recent graduates who are interested in the environment and/or journalism. Students have the choice to apply to the boarding program at the College of the Atlantic in Bar Harbor, ME or the day program at The New School in New York, NY. The cost for the boarding program is $3,850 and the day program is $2,800. Limited scholarships are available and the scholarship form is due April 15. Learn more and apply.

2019 Dedalus Foundation Art Scholarships for Graduating High School Seniors
Application Deadline: April 9, 2019
Contact: Karen Rosner/917-521-3716
Graduating high school seniors are invited to apply for the Dedalus Foundation Scholarships in Fine Arts. The Foundation will provide up to seven fine arts scholarships of $2,000 each to graduating seniors who intend to further their studies in fine arts or art history at an accredited college, university, or art school. Submissions must be delivered to the Museum of Modern Art, Cullman Education Building, 4 West 54 Street on April 9, 2019 between the hours of 3:30-5:30pm. Learn more and apply. 

Free Field Trips to the Advanced Science Research Center at the CUNY Graduate Center 
Event: Ongoing
Contact: IlluminationSpace@asrc.cuny.edu/212-413-3306
During field trips to the Advanced Science Research Center (ASRC) IlluminationSpace, students will gain a deeper understanding of how science shapes their everyday lives in a fun and supportive environment. They will explore five exciting and interconnected areas of science: nanoscience, photonics, structural biology, neuroscience, and environmental sciences. School field trips can be booked on Mondays, Wednesdays, and Fridays. Families and after-school programs are encouraged to visit during community hours, which are on the first Monday of each month from 3:00-5:00pm. The ASRC is located in Harlem at 85 Saint Nicholas Terrace. Learn more and email to book your trip. 

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