One of the most important times of the year is the summer vacation. High school students typically try to get a summer job at a fast food restaurant or local shopping mall. Now in this age of enhanced academic competition, parents must help their high school children to pursue other avenues. Many colleges and universities offer a wide variety of summer programs and camps. For example, the NCSU College of Engineering alone offers 10 summer camps for high schools.
These camps are very important because just like in athletics, especially in basketball, many high school students play AAU during the summer. Many college recruiters “hang out” at the AAU summer tournaments to recruit and “scope out” under the radar talent. Academically, universities are doing the same thing with summer camps and programs. Universities utilize summer camps and programs to find and recruit students. Some programs may lead to a full scholarship for a student. Many of these camps can be pricey, but if you can’t afford, “just ask” for a scholarship. Many universities have hidden or silent scholarships for these programs for students in need which may or not be publicly known. So, this summer, please consider carefully how your child will spend their time.