Opportunity Blog
  • The Shortridge Opportunity Blog was created to assist scholars with finding internships, volunteer opportunities, jobs, test prep, leadership camps, and much more. Be sure to use the blog tags, displayed on the right of the page, to help find the opportunity that suites you best. Sign on to Naviance Student for additional opportunities.  

  • Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars Program

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/12/2019

    Program Dates: 

    Application Deadline: March 20, 2019



    Applying to college can seem daunting, and the prospect of paying for it can seem even more overwhelming. But it doesn’t have to be. The College Prep Scholars Program equips high-achieving high school juniors from low-income backgrounds with the knowledge, confidence, and resources to apply to top colleges.


    Why apply as a junior? Being a College Prep Scholar is a notable distinction that shows our 40 college partners that you are a competitive candidate for admission. As a College Prep Scholar, you will receive exclusive awards and opportunities to develop a strong college application that shares your unique story. 


    The Quest Bridge College Prep Scholars Program prepares outstanding high school juniors from low-income backgrounds for admission to the nation's best colleges. Any high school junior, regardless of citizenship, currently attending high school in the U.S. is eligible for the College Prep Scholars Program. Additionally, U.S. Citizens and Permanent Residents living abroad are eligible for the program. International students living outside the U.S. are not eligible. 


    Awards for College Prep Scholars may include:


    Apply HERE. 


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  • Ron Brown Scholars Guided Pathway Support Program

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/12/2019

    Program Dates: Ongoing

    Application Date: Ongoing



    GPS empowers and guides  African-American juniors and seniors studentsevery step of the increasingly complex college application process. Using high tech and high touch mentorship, GPS helps students to navigate the path to top colleges and universities by directing them to the most comprehensive and reliable admissions resources available.

    Students who participate in the GPS have access to the most comprehensive and reliable admissions tools and information to make their college journeys a success.

    • Comprehensive and reliable guidance on every aspect of the college application process
    • Support and mentorship from Ron Brown Scholars and Captains
    • Tele-mentoring through and access to the exclusiv GSP Workplace by Facebook community
    • Monthly GPS College Journey Webinar Series
    • Strategic scholarship and financial aid information with frequent reminders across platform
    • Invitations to leadership conferences
    • Financial literacy and entrepreneurship curriculum


    To be eligible for GPS, a student must:

    • Identify as African American
    • Be a current high school junior or senior;*
    • Have a strong academic record; and
    • Have demonstrated leadership and active involvement at school and/or in the community.


    Apply HERE

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  • GERI at Purdue University

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/12/2019

    Program Dates: Summer 2019

    Application Deadline: Varies



    The Gifted Education Research and Resource Institute (GER2I) at Purdue University is an innovative center dedicated to the discovery, study, and development of human potential. Founded by John Feldhusen in 1977, GER2I’s mission is holistic development of giftedness, creativity, and talents among individuals throughout their lifespan. This is accomplished through enrichment programs for gifted, creative, and talented youth; graduate programs for future scholars and leaders; professional development and coursework for educators of gifted, creative, and talented students; and cutting edge research in psychology and education related to giftedness, creativity, and talent development. GER2I’s work encompasses:


    • Researching gifted education and the psychology of talent development.
    • Educating professionals from around the world to promote the development of gifted, creative, and talented individuals.
    • Providing services and special programs for gifted and talented individuals and their families.

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  • Bureau of Educational and Cultural Affairs

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/12/2019

    Program Dates: Rolling



    The Youth Ambassadors Program brings together high school students and adult mentors from countries across the Americas to promote mutual understanding, increase leadership skills, and prepare youth to make a difference in their communities.


    Exchanges are primarily from Latin America and the Caribbean to the United States, but also include delegations from the United States to select countries.


    Participants will engage in workshops, community service activities, team building exercises, meetings with community leaders, and home stays with American families. Upon their return home, the students apply what they have learned to implement projects that serve needs in their communities.

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  • Balfour Scholars Program- IU

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/5/2019

    Program Dates: July 7- July 13, 2019 

    Application Deadline: March 31, 2019 



    The Balfour Scholars Program (BSP) is a free program for high school juniors designed to help cultivate student academic and career development as well as minimize misperceptions about affordability, unfamiliarity with higher education, and difficulties with cultural adjustment that prevent students from successfully matriculating and graduating from college.


    The application for the 2019 Balfour Pre-College Academy opens 1 February and closes March 31, 2019.


    The 2019 Balfour Pre-College Academy is scheduled for Sunday, July 7 through Saturday, July 13, 2019. 

    The second week of the academy is available for a portion of the students participating in the first week of BPCA who are interested in the selected subject area each year.  The second week of the academy has focused on STEM: Science, Technology, Engineering, and Math.

    The Balfour Pre-College Academy is for students who are:

    • High School Juniors
    • African American, Latinx, and/or Native American
    • Enrolled in a college preparatory curriculum (Core 40 Diploma or Core 40 with Academic Honors Diploma in Indiana)
    • Have a cumulative GPA of 2.7 or higher
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  • Jim Holland Summer Science Programs

    Posted by trisha miller on 2/5/2019

    Application Deadline: Monday, April 1, 2019

    Program Dates: Varies



    The IU Jim Holland Summer Science Programs are specifically designed to address the ethnic and racial disparities that exist in STEM. They focus on high-acheiving students who are currently in grades 8-11 (entering 9th-12th in Fall 2019), including African Americas, Hispanic Americans/Latinos, Native Americans, Native Alaskans or Native Pacific Islanders, and hopes to attract them to Indiana Univeristy. Three different programs are offered throughout the summer including the Holland Summer Encrichment Program (SEP), Holland Summer Science Research Program (SSRP), and Holland Research Initiative in STEM Education (RISE). Be sure to visit the website to find the best program for you. 

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  • Youth Tree Team with KIB

    Posted by trisha miller on 2/5/2019

    Application Deadline: April 3, 2019

    Program Dates: June 1-July 26th, 2018



    We are searching for current high school students that have a passion for the environment and the city of Indianapolis. Applicants should like working outside and be ok with getting dirty. The majority of the job is spent conducting tree maintenance, specifically watering and mulching trees. There is also a professional and personal development component that we implement one day a week. New hires will be paid $9/hr (an increase from last year!) for 20 hours/week, for the 7 weeks of the IPS Summer. Due April 3, 2019 at 5 PM. 


    Apply HERE. 

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  • TeenWorks

    Posted by Lori Armstrong on 2/5/2019

    Application Deadline: April 10, 2019

    Program Dates: June 12- July 19, 2019



    TeenWorks provides a six-week summer employment and college readiness program and supportive services for high school teens throughout the school year. While our paid employment program gives teens the chance to earn a paycheck, the TeenWorks experience is so much more than a job. Participating teens build professional resumes, gain job skills for the future, participate in volunteer projects to give back to the community, and receive hands-on instruction to build key college and career readiness skills in areas like technology, finances, and leadership.  


    All Indianapolis (Marion County) and Muncie (Delaware County) teens between the ages of 15-18 are eligible to apply for TeenWorks. TeenWorks does require that teens earn a minimum of a 2.5 GPA during the academic year and be on free and reduced lunch to be eligible for the summer program.


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  • FBI Youth Leadership Academy

    Posted by TRISHA MILLER on 2/1/2019

    Application Deadlines: April 1, 2019

    Program Dates: July 8-10 2019

    Contact Info: (317) 845-7035 or at kdsipes@fbi.gov.


    On July 8, 9, and 10, 2019, the Indianapolis Division of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) and the FBI Citizens Academy Alumni Association will host the FBI Youth Leadership Academy (YLA).  The YLA is designed to promote an educational experience that will provide students with valuable leadership training and a greater understanding of the FBI.  Through interactive physical challenges and classroom discussions we seek to further explain to youth how the FBI addresses the concerns of the community.  Utilizing FBI strategic planning techniques and exercises, participants will have the opportunity to hone their decision making and leadership skills.


    This two day, two night residential event will be hosted at Bradford Woods, Indiana University’s experiential learning center.  Bradford Woods is located just south of Mooresville, on State Road 67.  Its 2,500 acres are dedicated to the enrichment and education of youth and adults from all over the country.  Students will be housed on site, and chaperoned by FBI personnel.  Students will arrive on Monday, July 8th at 9:00 a.m., and will depart on Wednesday, July 10th at 10:00 a.m.


    Candidates must complete the enclosed YLAapplication, which requires a signature from both a parent or guardian and the principal. Applications will be reviewed and 20 students will be selected to participate.


    To be considered, the candidate should:

    • have completed their junior year, and not yet completed high school by 7/08/19;
    • have a GPA of at least 3.0 (on a 4.0 scale);
    • possess qualities of leadership, scholastic achievement and good citizenship;
    • commit to attending the entire program; and
    • write an essay of no more than 500 words depicting their interest in the program and how it will enhance their future plans.


    Completed applications and essays should be mailed to: Kathryn Sipes, Community Outreach Specialist, FBI Indianapolis, 8825 Nelson B. Klein Parkway, Indianapolis, IN 46250.  All applications must be received by April 1, 2019.


    Parents and/or guardians do not have to be present for the sessions. Students must arrange their own transportation. There is no cost for students to participate; lodging and all meals are included.

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  • Project Indy

    Posted by trisha miller on 2/1/2019

    Application Deadline: Rolling application 

    Program Dates: Summer 2019



    Mayor Hogsett’s summer youth employment initiative is comprised of a network of community organizations, employers and corporate partners who are providing job opportunities, soft-skill development and job-readiness training to in-school and out-of-school youth. Project Indy serves youth in Marion County, Indiana.

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