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Senior Application Kick-off Night
Tuesday, August 27th, 2019 - 7:00 pm - STA Auditorium
Senior Application kick-off night is an opportunity for all families to go over the college application process, including dates, deadlines, financial aid, and processes pertaining to college admission. It is highly recommended that every senior be present, along with a parent/guardian.
Junior College Planning Night
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019 - 7:00 pm, STA Auditorium
College representatives will present on the college planning process, including college visits, ACT/SAT Testing, Collegiate Athletic Participation, student the arts, timeline, demonstrated interest and more. It is recommended that all juniors and their families attend.
Catholic Colleges Day
Wednesday, September 4th, 2019, 7:45am - 8:30 am, STA Commons.
30+ Colleges and Universities will visit St. Thomas Aquinas High School to share their institutions, programs and opportunities with students. This event is for students only.
Private High School College Fair
Thursday, September 5th, 2019 - 6:30pm - 8:30pm, Rockhurst High School
130+ Colleges and Universities will be in Kansas City to visit with students from area private high schools. This is one of the biggest and most diverse opportunities for students and families to visit with Colleges and University representatives.


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Who couldn't use some extra $$$?! Get those creative juices flowing and enter our 12th Annual Create-A-Greeting-Card $10,000 Scholarship Contest. Entering is easy and the payoff is huge!

We are awarding a $10,000 scholarship to the entrant with the best greeting card design, along with $1,000 for the winner's school. Not only that, but the winning design will be made into an actual greeting card sold in our product line! How is that for instant celebrity status? Seeing is believing so be sure to check out the previous contest winners at the link below.

Go online and submit a unique photo, piece of artwork, or computer graphic for the front of a greeting card.

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Journey with Dante

June 16 - July 6, 2019Journey with Dante is a program offered by Benedictine College in association with World Bound Learning Projects LLC. It is designed to provide high school students with an experience of the college's commitment to community, faith, and scholarship.Rising juniors, rising seniors, and graduated seniors have the opportunity to earn three hours of college credit while studying and traveling in Italy for 21 days from mid-June to the beginning of July with a Benedictine College professor.  
A view of a city in the Cinque Terre group

View from a bridge in Italy. A pidgeon is walking on the bridge railing.


 Sylvan Learning Centers Offer ACT Prep


Please see the attached flyer for more information





For those of you who follow SevenDays, you may have seen the website and weekly social media posts announcing the SevenDays songwriting competition scholarship.  There is just over one month left for submissions.  The SevenDays Youth Competitions Committee would deeply appreciate if you would share this information with your students. Here is the link to the SevenDays webpage where the entry form and the rules and guidelines may be found:

Please feel free to reach out to with questions.  You may also reply to this e-mail.

Thank you for your assistance in helping us spread the word.


Meredith Webster

11900 West 87th Street Parkway Suite 225 Lenexa, KS 66215 | (913) 484-1842
Donate online, here 
#GiveSevenDays | #BeTheRipple

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2019 Summer Venture in Business at KU

On behalf of the KU School of Business, I would like to personally invite students from 
St. Thomas Aquinas High School to apply, beginning Feb. 1, for our 2019 Summer Venture in Business program. The program is a pre-college summer academy at the KU School of Business for underrepresented ethnic minority students in high school and/or potential first-generation college students who are interested in business.

Rising 10th-, 11th- and 12th-grade students will learn about aspects of the college experience both in and out of the classroom. The program will serve as a pipeline for students to gain access to academic resources and opportunities at KU.

In addition to exposing participants to business topics, Summer Venture aims to equip students with the tools and knowledge for how to apply to the university, succeed in college, and prosper in their careers. All participants will receive a scholarship that covers the general cost of the program. More information can be found on the School of Business website.
Application launch date: Feb. 1, 2019
Application deadline: April 7, 2019
Min. GPA Requirement: 3.0
Questions? Contact Steven Johnson Jr. at
We are thrilled to host this incredible program that exposes high school students to the world of business. Please encourage your students to apply — or feel free to forward along this message to students who might be interested.

Warm regards,

Steven Johnson Jr.
Director of Diversity, Equity and Inclusion (DEI) Student Programs
KU School of Business
Summer Venture in Business at KU



SCHOLARSHIP APPLICATIONS DUE MARCH 8. Click here to find out enrollment dates and more!
Summer Program for Aspiring Designers!
Monday, June 3 - Wednesday, June 5, 2019

University of Missouri - Kansas City
Katz Hall
5005 Rockhill Road
Kansas City, Missouri 64110
Contact: Prof. John Eck at
Kansas City Design Discovery is a three-day program for high school or college students interested in the design professions of:
  • Architecture
  • Landscape Architecture
  • Interior Architecture/Product Design
  • Urban Planning and Design
 If you are considering studies in one of these design fields, this is your opportunity to find out more about what college and your eventual career might be like, as well as learning some great design fundamentals and design history. We’ll also cover how to prepare for college now, what to look for in a collegiate design program, and more about the design program at UMKC and our unique partnership with Kansas State University.
This non-credit course is modeled after a collegiate architectural design seminar: students learn about the design fields through simple design projects, slideshows and discussions. We will also tour important design sites near our Kansas City campus. The class will meet from 9am-3pm each day, with a break for lunch on or near campus.  
Find out more at the link below, or just Google "UMKC Design Discovery":
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Total cost for the program is $125
(not including lunches and parking),
and scholarships are available!
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Scholarship and standard applications have just opened up for Camp Cardiac Kansas City 2019!

Camp Cardiac & Camp Neuro, run by medical students in over 30 cities nationwide, are 1-week summer day camps for high school students interested in exploring careers in medicine.

Students may learn more and apply by visiting

In addition, you may download a PDF flyer by clicking here.

2019 FBI Youth Leadership Academy


The 2019 Kansas City Division FBI Youth Leadership Academy will welcome 25 high school students, entering their junior or senior year during the 2019 - 2020 school year, to the Kansas City Division field office on Friday, June 28, from 8:15 a.m. to 5 p.m. Punctuality, professional behavior and appropriate dress will be required of all students attending this program.


The program is not exclusive to students interested in criminal justice. Due to the vast diversity in our workforce, any student with an interest in the FBI, what we do and how a relationship with the FBI can help their school is encouraged to apply. All students will be evaluated based on their application (GPA, school activities and community involvement) and essay to determine which students will be offered a seat in the class. None of the above elements will be the sole basis of evaluation of an application and the application process should be taken seriously by all applicants.


This application and supporting essay must be received at the following address by 4 p.m. on April 12, 2019 for a panel review. Incomplete and late applications will not be accepted. Please mail, or email the completed packet to:


Kansas City FBI

Attn: Public Affairs – Dixon Land

1300 Summit St.

Kansas City, MO 64105


Application Checklist:


 Student application:

  • o Student information complete;
  • o Parent/guardian information complete and signed;
  • o School information complete;
  • o Endorsing school official information complete;
  • o School official notation of student’s GPA (checks will be made).


 Essay indicating why the student wants to be part of the program and how the experience will serve the school:

  • o Typed;
  • o No more than two pages, single-spaced;
  • o Essay format with proper capitalization and punctuation;
  • o Name and email on each page.


Students selected for the program will be notified of their application status via email by close of business on May 17, 2019. Students selected to attend the FBI Youth Leadership Academy will be given additional information about the program and will be required to confirm their planned attendance.

Questions regarding the FBI Youth Leadership Academy or the application process can be directed to Public Affairs Specialist Dixon Land at (816) 512-8493 or email







Frequently Asked Questions Regarding the FBI Youth Leadership Academy


  1. Is the program only for high school juniors and seniors?
  2. Yes, the program has been designed for high school students who will entering their junior or senior year during the upcoming school year to ensure that they have at least one year remaining in their academic career at the school. This enables students to share the information they have learned and serve as peer mentors, when appropriate.


  1. Is the essay important?
  2. Yes, the essay is important as it is often the first element of the application package that is reviewed by our panelists. This is an opportunity for the student to explain why they should attend and what benefit of the class will be beyond the student’s own experience. In other words, a high GPA in absence of a well written essay and vice versa can be problematic.


  1. Do 4.0 students get a guaranteed seat in the class?
  2. GPA is not the only method of student evaluation and no student will be assured a seat by GPA alone. All students must submit a well-written essay detailing why they want to attend the academy and how the experience will benefit their school as well as have school activities and community involvement that demonstrate that he or she is a well-rounded student.


  1. Is a particular GPA required?
  2. GPA is not the only method of student evaluation and a minimum GPA is not stated; however, given the competitive nature of the application process, it is advantageous for a student to have a combination of a good GPA, well-written essay, school activities and community involvement.


  1. Does a student have to have specific experience or interest in law enforcement to be a successful candidate?
  2. No, a student does not need to be in a criminal justice program, explorers program, ROTC, etc. The primary objective is to identify students who are capable of leadership and have an interest in what the FBI does.


  1. Is this experience similar to an internship?
  2. The FBI Youth Leadership Academy is not an internship and while students may be offered case studies drawn from adjudicated cases, students will not be exposed to active cases or day-to-day investigations.


  1. I love forensic science! Will I get to learn techniques?
  2. While students will be exposed to some basic evidence collection techniques during one of the many sessions, the day covers a wide variety of topics from a classroom and experiential perspective as well as concepts that are designed to enhance student awareness of issues such as cybercrime, cyber bullying and more.










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June 6 & 7, 2019

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Hi there!

I want to share with you a new summer opportunity for high schoolers at the University of Kansas. We're launching Design the Future, a 6-day STEM & Design Thinking summer camp where high school students build products to overcome challenges faced by individuals with disabilities! After running the program for the last four years in the Bay Area at Stanford University and the University of California, Berkeley, we're delighted to expand the course across the country and reach more students.

I'd love it if you could share the application with your students. Here's a short video from last year's program.

During this intensive program, created by DC Design, students learn to use design thinking, engineering and makerspace skills to address real-world challenges through the design steps of Empathy, Definition, Ideation, Prototyping, and Testing.

In addition to student applications, we're also accepting applications for staff positions, including Lead Facilitators so if you know anyone who would be interested, please share with them as well. Two Lead Facilitators run the camp, teach modules, and head up the coaching team. High school teachers with a background in shop, building, engineering, or design thinking would be perfect for this position. Applications are here.  Applications are accepted on a rolling basis.

Scholarships are available for students who demonstrate financial need or are from an underrepresented population. Please share broadly with high school counselors, STEM teachers, parents, and, most importantly, students! Below is a flyer that can be sent out or posted. We're offering early bird discounts. So please do encourage students to sign up before slots fill up.

If you have any questions about this new program, we're happy to help. Please send us a note

Durell Coleman
Founder of DC Design
Creator of Design the Future

KU Design Camp
June 9-15
Join us this summer at KU Design Camp and enjoy a valuable educational experience while working on projects that enhance your creative portfolio. 
KU Design Camp is a pre-college summer program offered to high school students who are entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year and are interested in pursuing a post-secondary education in a Design-related field. 
Campers have the option to stay on KU's Lawrence campus, learn in hands-on studios taught by KU Architecture and Design faculty, hear keynotes from leaders in the design industry, and work alongside current KU Design students. 
For more information and registration visit: 

Dear Counselors,

Thank you for helping us spread the word about Duke Summer Session’s enriching summer opportunities for high school students.  Please share the message below with your students, parents, and colleagues to let them know we are now accepting applications:

Dear Student:
Good News!  We have extended the admissions deadline for Summer Academyand STEM Academy to April 29! 
Act now before the admissions deadline for the Summer College for High School Students program closes on April 15!
Apply now to enjoy a summer of a lifetime at Duke University!
Nicki Charles

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You are receiving this email because your students may benefit from learning about academic opportunities for summer 2019.

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