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Princeton Prize in Race Relations

Any high school student that is actively involved in a volunteer activity in the last 12 months that has had a significant, positive impact on race relations in his or her school or community should apply for this reward. Rewards will be given based on region and in each region, there will be a $1,000 Prize (which may be shared by two individual applicants or split between two or three group applicant winners). Individual Prize winners will be invited to Princeton University to participate in the Princeton Prize Symposium on Race in the spring. If a Prize is awarded to a group, the National Board of the Princeton Prize in Race Relations will support only one attendee per group project to attend the Symposium. Other honorees will receive Certificates of Accomplishment. We expect that the awards will be presented at a local awards ceremony and announcements about winners will be sent to local press and posted on the Princeton Prize website. Application due January 31, 2016! Click here for more information!

Students Rising Above

Students Rising Above is a program offered to juniors. This program started as a scholarship program and expanded into a comprehensive year-round program that provides college readiness support, tutoring, one-on-one mentoring, paid summer internships, career coaching and job training workshops, access to health care services, and financial assistance. Students are selected during their junior year of high school and work with a professional SRA Advisor and a volunteer adult mentor for five-plus years; from high school, through college, and into the workforce. Application due March 6, 2016! Click here for more information!

Wishbone is a nonprofit organization that helps low-income high school school students from the San Francisco Bay Area attend high-quality summer programs to learn more about what they're passionate about.  Since 2012, Wishbone has provided summer opportunities for more than 580 students by raising over $1.2 million in program funding. Wishbone works with over 400 programs.  From athletics to science, there's a program for everyone.  Students don't need to have perfect grades or a mile-long resume to apply; Wishbone is looking for responsible, driven students who haven't had the opportunity to pursue their interests in the summer.

To nominate a student for Wishbone, click here! Students (nominated or not) can select a summer program at, ask an adult to be their Advocate, and apply to Wishbone by December 18. The student's Advocate submits an online recommendation by January 8.  Click here to apply!

SMASH - for current 9th grade students

Free 5-week summer program at Stanford or UC Berkeley or UCLA or USC

SMASH is a state of the art Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) summer enrichment program at the UC Berkeley and Stanford campuses, and is expanding to other sites in the future.  Live on campus with other high potential Black, Latino/a, Native American, Southeast Asian or Pacific Islander high school students. Be prepared for college!

The Summer Math and Science Honors (SMASH) Academy is:

  • A three-year 5-week summer math and science enrichment program;
  • For high achieving, low-income high school students of color;
  • Focused on Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM);
  • Successful in preparing scholars for college and achievement in higher education;
  • Free of cost.

SMASH scholars spend five weeks each summer at a SMASH site on a college campus (currently at UC Berkeley or Stanford) immersed in rigorous STEM classes.  They also receive year-round academic support including SAT prep, college counseling, financial aid workshops and other activities to ensure continued academic success.

Application due March 1st.  Must register for online account by February 15th!  Click here for more info.

Telluride FREE Summer Program

TASS - For Sophomores

This summer, thirty-six bright, motivated high school sophomores will participate in one of two challenging six-week college-level courses in African American studies and other fields at the University of Michigan and Indiana University.  Telluride works with university faculty to create exciting courses designed to inspire young people to explore the the histories, politics and cultural experiences of people of African descent and a variety of other topics.  Because we believe that students should have the opportunity to pursue their ideals, we cover all the program costs, including tuition, books, room and board, field trips, and facilities fees.

TASP - For Juniors

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 faculty members and participate in many other educational and social activities outside the classroom.



Ms. Danielle Adams

College & Career Tech

(510) 723-3170 x611262

Ms.Adams is here Monday - Friday from 8:00am - 4:00pm

Pre-College Summer Programs

These summer programs have tuition and fees but most have at least partial financial aid/scholarship opportunities.  Application submission dates and deadlines vary but some are open for submission now!  Deadlines may start as early as February so don't wait!

Cornell University Summer College - Programs for High School Students

Brown University- Pre-College Program

Harvard Summer School - Secondary School Program

University of Miami - Summer Scholars Program

UC Riverside - Summer Academy

Santa Clara University - Young Scholars Program

USC- Summer@USC