San Antonio

A Better Chance – National *
Grades: 4-9
A Better Chance seeks to increase substantially the number of well-educated young people of color who are capable of assuming positions of responsibility and leadership in American society. This is done by facilitating their entry into independent college preparatory schools. Through its network of member schools, A Better Chance is able to leverage an estimated $20+ million per year in financial aid for talented, economically disadvantaged youth of color. More than 96% of A Better Chance's graduates go on to college directly after high school, a majority entering our country's most selective colleges.

Academically Interested Minds (AIM) – Kettering University – National
Grades: 11
AIM (Academically Interested Minds) is a five-week residential pre-college summer program which began in 1984 and has continued to thrive over the years. The program is designed to augment Kettering University's efforts to reach a greater number of multicultural students who have a strong interest in the areas of engineering, math, science and business.

ACT-SO – National
Grades: 9-12
The NAACP's Afro-Academic, Cultural, Technological and Scientific Olympics is a yearlong achievement program designed to recruit, stimulate, and encourage high academic and cultural achievement among African-American high school students.

After-School All-Stars – National
Ages: 7-17
After-School All-Stars provides comprehensive out-of-school programs that keep children safe and help them achieve in school and life. After-School All-Stars San Antonio provides free programs for youth ages seven to 17 in the southern sector and west area of San Antonio. Our goal is to offer children positive alternatives to gangs, drugs and violence by providing opportunities in exciting non-traditional activities. All of our programs focus on developing skills in one or more of the following areas: technology, education, life skills and sports.

Art Elements – Artpace
Grades: K-12
Art Elements offers free, year-round educational programs through partnerships with schools and community organizations for K-12 students. Students deepen their relationships with culture through looking at art, learning about artists, and reflecting on aesthetic and academic concepts through creative, hands-on activities. Participants develop visual literacy and verbal skills through discussion and self-expression. Art Elements programs address state and national standards; TEKS-aligned curricula integrate the themes and processes of the art featured at Artpace.

Boys and Girls Clubs – National
All Ages
Boys & Girls Clubs are a safe place to learn and grow all while having fun. It is the place where great futures are started each and every day. Club programs and services promote and enhance the development of boys and girls by instilling a sense of competence, usefulness, belonging and influence. Our Clubs serve millions of boys and girls, with thousands of Clubs at locations in all 50 states, Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands. Programming are in the areas of: Education & Career Programs; Character & Leadership Programs; Health & Life Skills; The Arts Programs; Sports, Fitness and Recreation; and Specialized Programs.

Carleton Liberal Arts Experience – National
Grades: 10
Carleton College is honored to host an inspiring summer program designed for the best and brightest college-bound students representing high schools across the country. The Carleton Liberal Arts Experience (CLAE) will select 50 high school students who have just completed their sophomore year and bring them to Carleton, all expenses paid, for a one-week summer program. The CLAE program introduces the strengths of a liberal arts education through an array of courses in science, art, social sciences, and technology.

Early Development of General Engineering (EDGE) – San Antonio College
Grades: 11-12
Students in the EDGE Program will gain credit for college-level course work in Mathematics, compete in a team robotic competition, learn about the different fields in engineering, and participate in hands-on labs.

Girls Inc. of San Antonio
Ages: 6-18
Girls Inc. delivers nationally researched and evaluated programs to girls ages 6 to 18. The programs offered are designed and proven to empower girls and increase their self-esteem. Eight identity programs focus on the issues and challenges girls face every day and equips them with the necessary knowledge and skills to reach their maximum potential and to value and assert their rights. Programming focuses on science, math and technology, economic and media literacy, health and sexuality, individual and team sports, leadership and advocacy.

Good Samaritan Community Services
Ages: 6-18
The goal of GSCS’s Youth Development Services is to help young people acquire the life and academic skills necessary for personal success. Youth Development Services provides neighborhood youth, between the ages of 6-18, the opportunity to develop these skills through dynamic after school and summer enrichment programs. A wide variety of activities and services are offered, including academic tutoring and enrichment sessions, career exploration field trips, sports and recreational activities, PSAT/SAT prep courses, volunteer opportunities, and tours to college campuses.

Healy-Murphy Center
All ages
Healy-Murphy Center is a non-profit organization that has been impacting youth in San Antonio for over 120 years. The Center is dedicated to providing students with the tools they need to complete their education and become successful. Services include providing a self-paced curriculum, life/vocational counseling, childcare and more.

Hispanic Scholarship Fund – National
Grades: 9-12
The HSF's mission is to increase the number of Hispanic college graduates by awarding scholarships and assisting students and their families in navigating the barriers to college access and completion.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation – National
Grades: 7-12
The Young Scholars Program provides the most personalized, generous scholarship experience in the nation. The Foundation works closely with Scholars and their families to construct a tailored educational program that includes, but is not limited to, support for summer programs, distance learning courses, and music and art instruction. Some Young Scholars attend a private school if none of their public school options adequately serve their academic potential; however, many stay in their public schools.

Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America (LEDA) – National
Grades: 11-12
LEDA (Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America) is a not-for-profit organization devoted to developing leaders for our nation by helping exceptional public high school students who come from underserved backgrounds gain admission to the country's leading colleges and universities.

Learning That Moves You – Ballet San Antonio
Grades: K-12
Learning That Moves You outreach and arts education program takes a three-pronged approach to providing youth with enriching arts programming of the highest quality. Ballet San Antonio takes the arts to where the youth are – in the schools during the school day, and to the Boys & Girls Clubs of San Antonio.

Magik Theatre
Grades: K-12
The mission of The Magik Theatre is: 1) to provide extraordinary and affordable professional theatre and educational experiences for children and adults; 2) to educate, entertain, and enrich the lives of children and adults of all ages, races, economic backgrounds; 3) to offer quality, affordable live theatrical presentations for the entire community; 4) and to develop a child’s love and understanding of theatre and literature. Community outreach services include a summer camp, a tuition-based academy, Cindy Krier Juvenile Detention center, Shakespeare in the Park and workshops.

Minority Introduction to Engineering & Science (MITES) – MIT- National
Grades: 11
Through the MITES (Minority Introduction to Engineering and Science) program, The Office of Engineering Outreach Programs offers three rigorous residential and online academic enrichment programs for promising high school juniors who are interested in studying and exploring careers in science and engineering. By submitting a MITES application, students are automatically considered for one of three academic enrichment opportunities: a one-week residential program, a six-week residential program, and a six-month online enrichment program.
MOSAIC Afterschool Program
Grades: 9-12
The Blue Star Contemporary Art Center offers MOSAIC (Mosaic Of Student Artists In Community), a free after-school program for high school youth. The MOSAIC studio experience exposes students to drawing, painting and other fundamental visual art techniques. Providing art enrichment and mentoring to youth, MOSAIC strives to inspire creativity in all areas of the San Antonio community, especially where art education has been discontinued.

National Hispanic Institute – National
Grades: 9-College
We are both a national and international organization that provides Latino young people with the structures and settings to envision themselves as future community leaders, practice their skills in leading and working with others, and engage in critical discussions to define their calling while preparing themselves for the mission of changing lives. Dedication to personal excellence, a strong belief in family and culture, and service to others are the core values and beliefs that drive the work of the Institute and embrace its vision.

National Space Club Scholars – National
Grades: 10
The National Space Club Scholars Project is a summer intern experience for up to 30 high school students to work with space scientists and engineers. The purpose of this project is to provide students with an opportunity to experience how research and development organizations operate on a day-to-day basis in direct support of NASA's mission to inspire the next generation of explorers. Participants are assigned to work with a technical professional in a field related to the student's stated interests and expertise. The available areas of interest include Earth and space systems science, computer science, and engineering.

Northside ISD Summer Research Mentorship Program
Grades: 9-11
Selected students will be assigned a mentor from the faculty at UTHSCSA. The students will meet once a week as a class to discuss the research process and are expected to keep a lab journal, write research abstracts, and present their research to the class at the end of the summer. Students will present their research both orally and written to their home school during the ensuing school year. Upon successful completion of this course, students will receive an elective honors science research credit.

Pre-Engineering Robotics and Java Programming Summer Program
Grades: 9-12
The Pre-Engineering Robotics and Java Programming Summer Program at St. Mary's University is designed to teach high school students to learn robotics and JAVA programming.

Princeton University Summer Journalism Program – National
Grades: 11
We welcome about 20 high school students from low-income backgrounds every summer to Princeton's campus for an intensive, 10-day seminar on journalism. The program's goal is to diversify college and professional newsrooms by encouraging outstanding students from low-income backgrounds to pursue careers in journalism. All expenses, including students' travel costs to and from Princeton, are paid for by the program.

Project SEED
Grades: 9-12
Project SEED was established by the American Chemical Society (ACS) in 1968 to help economically disadvantaged high school students with the transforming experience of a summer job and a chance to expand their education and career outlook. For 8 weeks during the summer, SEED students have the unique opportunity to work with scientists, who help them develop laboratory, written, and oral skills as they discover they are capable of conducting scientific research. For their efforts the students are paid $2500.00, have the opportunity for scholarships upon graduating from high school and can use their research for science fair projects.

QuestBridge – National
Grades: 11-12
QuestBridge is a powerful platform bridging the nation's brightest, under-served youth and leading institutions of higher education and further opportunities. We are an aggregator of excellence. QuestBridge provides a single, internet-based meeting point which links exceptional students with colleges, scholarship providers, enrichment programs employers, and organizations seeking students who have excelled despite obstacles. By facilitating these exchanges, QuestBridge aims to increase the percentage of talented low-income students attending the nation's best universities and the ranks of national leadership itself.

Research Science Institute – MIT – National
Grades: 9-11
Each summer, 80 of the world's most accomplished high school students gather at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) for the Research Science Institute (RSI). RSI is the first cost-free to students, summer science & engineering program to combine on-campus course work in scientific theory with off-campus work in science and technology research. RSI scholars first participate in a week of intensive STEM classes with accomplished professors. The heart of RSI is the five week research internship where students conduct individual projects under the tutelage of mentors who are experienced scientists and researchers. During the final week of RSI, students prepare written and oral presentations on their research projects.

San Antonio Education Partnership
Grades: 9-12
The goal of the San Antonio Education Partnership is to close the college graduation gap for San Antonio by helping its students graduate from high school, enroll in college, and earn a college degree and/or certificate. To achieve this goal, the Partnership delivers its key services each year through three programs: Road to Success, the San Antonio Education Partnership Scholarship and cafécollege.

San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SAPREP)
Grades: 6-12
The San Antonio Prefreshman Engineering Program (SAPREP), a component of PREP-USA, provides a challenging academic program designed to motivate and prepare middle and high school students for success in advanced studies leading to careers in science, technology, engineering or mathematics fields. PREP-USA is a national program with an emphasis on increasing the number of women and underrepresented minorities in these fields.

San Antonio Sports Youth Sports and Fitness Program
Grades: K-12
Since 1993, San Antonio Sports has been in the forefront of youth development, providing sports and fitness opportunities for children in grades K-12 across San Antonio with a special emphasis on disadvantaged youth. Our kids programs enable children to: improve their health, develop their talents, nurture new interests, build social skills, and compete at the highest levels.

Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) – National
Grades: 9-12
The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an opportunity for students to participate in research at a Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer. The goals of SEAP are to encourage participating students to pursue science and engineering careers, to further their education via mentoring by laboratory personnel and their participation in research, and to make them aware of DoN research and technology efforts, which can lead to employment within the DoN.

Science and Math Summer Academy – St. Phillips College
Ages: 11-15
The academy is for students of ages 11 to 15 who reside in San Antonio and surrounding areas. SAMSA offers hands-on activities, inside and outside of the classroom, with 3 field trips to exciting places where students will experience informal learning environments. Students will attend daily “Lunch and Learn” sessions hosted by our Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) business and government partners so they can learn more about exciting careers in STEM.

The Short-Term Research Experience for Underrepresented Persons (STEP-UP) – National
Grades: 11-12
The High School STEP-UP provides hands-on summer research experience for high school students interested in exploring research careers in the biomedical, behavioral, clinical and social sciences. The program provides exposure to the core NIDDK mission areas of diabetes, endocrinology and metabolic diseases; digestive diseases and nutrition; and kidney, urologic and hematologic diseases.

Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) – National
Grades: 9-12
The Smith Summer Science and Engineering Program (SSEP) is a four-week residential program for exceptional young women with strong interests in science, engineering and medicine. Each July, select high school students from across the country and abroad come to Smith College to do hands-on research with Smith faculty in the life and physical sciences and in engineering.

Stanford Institutes of Medicine Summer Research Program (SIMR) – National
Grades: 11-12
This is an eight-week program in which high school students from diverse backgrounds are invited to perform basic research with Stanford faculty, postdoctoral fellows, students and researchers on a medically-oriented project. The goals of the program include increasing interest in biological sciences and medicine in high school students, helping students to understand how scientific research is performed, and increasing diversity of students and researchers in the sciences.

Stanford Medical Youth Science Program – National
Grades: 9-12
The Stanford Medical Youth Science Program works to increase knowledge about the sciences and health professions, and offer guidance about the college admissions process to low-income and/or underrepresented minority students. To meet this goal, SMYSP offers a university-based five-week Summer Residential Program and school-based academic year health disparities curriculum.

STEM Summer Institute: Underwater Robotics
Grades: 9-12
The STEM Summer Institute is a week-long summer educational program for talented high school students who are interested in Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics fields. Students who participate will spend one week on the campus of Texas A&M University-Corpus Christi building knowledge in underwater robotics, interacting with other talented teens, and learning from experienced university professors. The program includes hands-on activities, guest speakers, and firsthand experience in our engineering laboratories.

Subiendo: The Academy for Rising Leaders is a summer program hosted by The McCombs School of Business. Now in its fifth year, Subiendo offers Texas high school seniors a unique opportunity to work hand-in-hand with today’s business and political leaders. 

Summer Humanities Institute – Stanford – National
Grades: 11-12
Students will spend three weeks on the beautiful Stanford campus, living in residence. They will spend the first two weeks intensively studying and researching a topic in history or philosophy, attending daily lectures by the faculty members, and participating in group discussions and activities in the afternoon. During their third week, students will work closely with their professors, graduate students, and writing mentors to produce original research projects. These papers present an opportunity for students to use what they have learned at Stanford to develop their own answers to the central questions that are addressed by the humanities.

Summer Internship Program in Biomedical Research (SIP) – National
Ages: 16 and over
Summer programs at the National Institutes of Health (NIH) provide an opportunity to spend a summer working at the NIH side-by-side with some of the leading scientists in the world, in an environment devoted exclusively to biomedical research. Internships cover a minimum of eight weeks, with students generally arriving at the NIH in May or June. The NIH Institutes and the Office of Intramural Training & Education sponsor a wide range of summer activities including lectures featuring distinguished NIH investigators, career/professional development workshops, and Summer Poster Day.

Summer Mathematics Research Training High School Camp (SMaRT) – Texas A&M University
Ages: 14-18
SMaRT is a National Science Foundation supported two-week summer program at Texas A&M University. It is intended to facilitate interest in mathematics of advanced high school students. The camp will provide an intensive learning environment in mathematics, where high school students will learn not only useful mathematical facts, but also how to approach mathematical problems, prove mathematical statements, and write the results.

Summer Research with the National Institute on Drug Abuse – National
Ages: 15 and over
This program is designed to provide high school and undergraduate students from underrepresented groups with meaningful research experiences and mentorship in the field of drug abuse and addiction. Each year up to 50 NIDA research investigators offer their labs and their time for eight to ten weeks to mentor up to 60 students interested in drug abuse research.

Teen Arts Puentes Project – Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center
Ages: 13-17
The Guadalupe Cultural Arts Center cultivates, promotes and preserves traditional and contemporary Latino arts and culture through multidisciplinary programming. The Teen Arts Puentes Project (TAPP) is a multimedia arts and activism program for San Antonio youth. Members take workshops in theater, visual art, poetry, and film/video, with projects and events focused on fostering healthy personal relationships, community engagement, and self-reliance. Each session culminates in a performance/exhibition with a citywide tour of the show at the end of the summer.

Telluride Association Sophomore Summer – National
Grades: 10
Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.

Telluride Association Summer Program – National
Grades: 11
A Telluride Association Summer Program (TASP) is a six-week educational experience for high school juniors that offers challenges and rewards rarely encountered in secondary school or even college. Each program is designed to bring together young people from around the world who share a passion for learning. Telluride students, or TASPers, attend a seminar led by college and university scholars and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.

Texas Governor’s Schools
Grades: 9-11
The Texas Governor's School at Lamar University will focus on leadership in the humanities, language arts, mathematics, fine arts, and science. Opportunities will be provided for students to address problems and issues in advanced content with problem-based strategies. Students will be introduced to a range of topics in classes which are not for credit; however, participating students will learn how to become more motivated and persistent in activities with students of similar interests and ability.

Upward Bound – Palo Alto College
Grades: 9-11
The TRIO Upward Bound Pre-College Program is a program designed to prepare high school students for college. Upward Bound offers instruction in five core areas including Literature, Composition, Math, Science and Foreign Language. Instruction in these areas is provided throughout the academic year and during a six-week summer component. In addition to instruction, students receive tutoring, advising, test preparation workshops, assistance in filling out documents necessary to pursue their college careers, and exposure to cultural and recreational activities. The Palo Alto Upward Bound Program currently services 70 students from Lytle, Jourdanton, Pleasanton, and Poteet high schools.

Upward Bound – St. Mary's University
Grades: 9-11
Upward Bound provides answers to questions that participants and their families may have about pursuing a college education. Participants visit various college campuses while enrolled in Upward Bound and obtain valuable information concerning options for various opportunities within higher education. Upward Bound offers assistance to participants with the completion and submission of college admissions and financial aid applications, financial aid need analysis form (FAFSA), college entrance examinations (ACT/SAT), scholarship applications, etc.

Upward Bound – University of Texas San Antonio
Grades: 9-11
Upward Bound is specifically designed to strengthen the academic skills of eligible high school students and prepare them to enter college and graduate with baccalaureate degree. UB students receive academic tutorials, pre-college advising, college and admission/financial aid information and other supportive services during the school year. Participants also receive intensive instruction in core academic courses held on the UTSA campus.

Ventures Scholars – National
Grades: 9-College
The Ventures Scholars Program is a national nonprofit membership program designed to promote access to higher education for young adults interested in pursuing math- and science-based careers.

Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy
Grades: 9-11
The vision of the Max and Minnie Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy is to provide an immersive biomedical research education and college preparatory program for San Antonio high school students. The Voelcker Biomedical Research Academy will partner the very best high school freshman students from the San Antonio and surrounding school districts with outstanding biomedical scientists from the UT Health Science Center at San Antonio to promote excellence in scholarship and biomedical research training for a 3 year period. Students will be supported through stipends during the summers of the program, and parental involvement is also required.

W.E.B. Dubois Scholars Institute – National
Grades: 10-11
The W.E.B. DuBois Scholars Institute provides leadership, scholarship, community service, and entrepreneur training along with exposure to science and technology for high-achieving youth attending secondary schools. It was founded with an aim to develop a cadre of brilliant leaders/activist scholars with a commitment to contributing their talents for the betterment of others by solving major problems facing our society.

Women's Technology Program – MIT – National
Grades: 11
The MIT Women's Technology Program (WTP) is a rigorous four-week summer academic and residential experience where female high school students explore engineering through hands-on classes, labs, and team-based projects in the summer after 11th grade.

Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health – Stanford – National
Grades: 9-12
The Youth Leadership Conference on Asian and Pacific Islander Health is a four day conference at Stanford University. High school students from across the country are invited to attend to gain leadership skills for effecting change in local communities. Conference participants will meet other students interested in making a difference in public health. Leading medical experts, professors, and policymakers will speak on issues of Asian and Pacific Islander health. Students will also have a chance to apply the skills they gain in an outreach planning simulation.
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