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Now Hiring at Johnstown Commissary
Located at 550 Main Street, Johnstown, PA 15901
Monday-Friday Early Morning
Contact Joe Rocker at 814-532-5757
Duties may include:
  • Cooking
  • Food preparation
  • Packaging meals
  • Cleaning & sanitation
  • Positive attitude
  • Good work ethic
  • Must 16 or older
Rate:  $8/hour
Apply online at using the filter "Johnstown Commissary"
 Duke University Summer Session
Applications are now open.  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.
Summer College - A four-week, credit-bearing program for students currently in 10th-12th grade in which they take undergraduate-level courses.
Summer Academy - A three-week program for students currently in 9th-12th grade in which they take a certificate course.
Accelerated STEM Academy - A one-week, STEM-based program for students currently in 9th-12th grade that consists of a variety of hands-on labs, tours of Duke's research facilities, faculty lectures, and workshops.
Click here for more information.  Apply online today to secure your spot in one (or more) of these incredible programs.
 Cornell University
Summer College brings 1,000+ motivated high school sophomores, juniors, and seniors from around the world to Cornell each summer for two-, three- and six-week programs.  Students earn college credits, study with Cornell faculty, attend admissions workshops, and experience college life.  Learn more at
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Summer Camp Scholarship Opportunity
Do you want to go to summer camp?  The camp is of YOUR choosing and can be sports, art, church, wilderness related, etc.  To enter you MUST be a Somerset County resident and submit an essay by February 1, 2019.  
All essay submissions must include:
  • Handwritten or typed essay
  • What camp you are interested in attending
  • Why you are choosing this camp
  • How can you benefit from attending this camp
  • Name (contact person)/age/address/phone number
  • Include camp information along with camp rates
Submit essay to:  Somerset Single County Authority, 300 North Center Avenue, Suite 360, Somerset, PA  15501.
**Note:  If you have been a previous award winner, you are exempt from winning again.**
 Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences
The Pennsylvania Department of Education is pleased to announce that the Pennsylvania Governor's School for the Sciences at Carnegie Mellon University is now accepting applications from talented high school juniors for the summer 2019 program. 
PGSS is an intensive, five-week summer residential program, which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research, for 56 talented high school juniors pursuing careers in science and mathematics.
The program offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM).  The goal of the program is to encourage Pennsylvania's youth to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.
Accepted applicants will receive a full scholarship to the program.
When:  June 30, 2019 to August 3, 2019
Where:  Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Who May Apply:  High School Juniors
Deadline to Apply:  January 31, 2019
For additional information about the program and to complete an application, visit or stop by the Counseling Office for more information.
 Academic Camps at Gettysburg College
Gettysburg College is excited to offer several opportunities for high school juniors and sophomores to attend academic camps over the summer months. Subjects include psychology, history, creative writing, piano, or information technology.  
  • Camp Psych - Campers will get hands-on experiences that introduce them to research in psychology during this fun, challenging, and engaging introduction to the field.
  • Sunderman Piano Institute - Pianists 12-17 years old who desire to improve their performance skills, collaborate with other pianists, an dive deeply into related music subjects of their choice.  Pianists will have opportunities to perform in daily studio class, and the final Friday concert will showcase pianists in both solo and ensemble works.
  • Writing Camp - Students gain an in-depth introduction to all four genres of creative writing:  fiction, poetry, nonfiction, and writing for stage and screen.
  • 3D Object Modeling and Printing Camp - Students will study 3D object modeling and printing starting with the basics of a 3D printer.  After learning the fundamentals, they will practice designing objects.
  • Coding for Robotics & Electronics Camp - Students will gain hands-on experiences in coding, wiring, hardware, and building robots through the open source software known as Arduino.  Throughout this camp, campers will learn basic electrical engineering, the physics behind electricity, and how to think like a scientist.
  • Civil War Institute Summer Conference - The High School Student Scholarship component of Gettysburg College's annual Civil War Institute summer conference provides high school students an opportunity to explore the history of the Civil War era on the site of the war's most decisive battle.
 Susquehanna University
  • Actor's Institute   July 21-27
  • Choral Institute  July 7-13
  • Exploring Legal Careers  June 23-29
  • #GOMedia  July 7-13
  • i-Engineer  July 21-27
  • Leadership Institute for Entrepreneurship (LIFE)  June 23-29 or July 7-13
  • Publishing & Editing Institute  June 23-29
  • Stream Ecology Institute  July 7-13
  • Strings & Keyboard Institute  July 7-13
  • Summer Writers Workshop  July 21-27
  • Sustainability 101:  Building a Resilient World  July 21-27
  • Wall Street Susquehanna  June 23-29 or July 7-13
  • Wind Ensemble Institute  June 23-29
Learn more and register at  Discounts available prior to May 1.
 Actuarial Science Summer Camp
Actuarial Science Summer Camps are week-long intensive programs for rising high school seniors designed to help them decide if they're interested in actuarial careers.
CSI Camp
Waynesburg University's thirteenth annual CSI Camp is June 16-21, 2019.  Students will learn from certified experts in areas such as surveillance techniques, forensic science, canine workshops and speakers on topics like wrongful convictions and the role forensic evidence plays in court cases.
To find out more about CSI Camp 2019, please visit  Spaces for the opportunity will go quickly, so please take advantage of this invitation as soon as possible.  Also, if students are interested in this field, but unable to attend the CSI Camp during the summer months, Waynesburg hosts day-long Mock Crime Scene Workshops during the spring and fall that will provide valuable insight into these areas.
Bucknell Academy Summer Experience
Bucknell Academy Summer Experience (BASE) is a collaborative residential experience where students are invited to explore the value of a liberal arts perspective in making challenging decisions to improve today's world.  At BASE, faculty and students from various academic disciplines will engage in classroom discussions in an effort to come up with creative solutions.  BASE participants will have the opportunity to:
  • Learn about exciting current world issues
  • Develop creative problem solving skills
  • Collaborate with faculty and peers
  • Experience the liberal arts education
  • Explore Bucknell's campus
Dates:  June 23-27, 2019
Eligibility:  High school students who will be rising juniors or seniors are welcome to apply.
The deadline to apply is April 20, 2019.
Health Careers Awareness Camp
The Southcentral PA Area Health Education Center (AHEC) and Mount Aloysius College will motivate and challenge a select group of high school students during the 17th Annual Health Careers Awareness Camp July 14th through July 19th held on the campus of Mount Aloysius College in Cresson, PA.
The program will allow students interested in health care to investigate and examine a variety of healthcare careers.  Interactive health career activities will be offered to the students, giving them the opportunity for hands-on experience.  Students will also be transported to a local hospital for a day of shadowing.
Students interested in applying should have an interest in a health career and should be entering 9th through 12th grade during the Fall 2019 school year.
  • Date of Camp:  July 14th through July 19th 2019
  • Cost of the camp is $375 - Room, board, camp materials and snacks are included.
       Please do not send money with the application.  All money will be due at a later date.
  • The camp will run from 8:00 a.m. to approximately 7:00 p.m.
  • Students who apply  must agree to participate for the full week
  • Camp is limited to 20 students
  • Students must reside in Bedford, Blair, Cambria, Huntingdon, Indiana, Somerset, Fulton, Franklin, Juniata, Cumberland, Perry, Adams, Dauphin, York, Lebanon or Lancaster Counties
Application deadline is May 6, 2019.  Applications can be picked up in the High School Counseling Office.