Enrichment Programs

Missouri Colleges : Summer Programs

Colleges and Universities across Missouri offer a wide variety of summer programs for all academic areas; this includes leadership and career exploration. We encourage all of our students to become involved in summer programs across the state! Click on the College or University logo to go to their main summer program website.


Summer Program Listings



Summer Program Listings



Summer Program Listings


These are not the only colleges that have summer programs! If you are interested in summer programs that these colleges do not offer, contact the guidance office and we can help you find additional summer programs that might suit you or your student's goals.

Enrichment Programs

The following is a listing of Enrichment Programs offered in Washington, Missouri and across the nation. These programs are updated and changed throughout the year. Please make sure you are aware of deadlines for the inpidual programs.

  • Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference
  • Boys State and Girls State
  • Leadership in Practice
  • Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy
  • Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program
  • Mizzou High School Mini Med School
  • Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies
  • STAPH - Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health

Please note! The dates of these programs will change for the 2018-2019 school year. As we obtain new and updated information for these programs, we will update our website. You can also contact the guidance office if you have any questions.

Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Conference

Started in 1995 as a program of the Show-Me STATE GAMES, The Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program provides opportunities for Missouri youth (high school juniors & seniors) to gain skills that will assist them in becoming leaders in their communities and schools. Named after and generally sponsored by Audrey Walton, a great leader in her own right, this program promotes the importance of leadership, physical fitness, higher education, and a healthy life-style.

During the 3-day conference, we will engage in several activities that will encourage the students to step up and be leaders amongst themselves. All of the students will participate in both indoor and outdoor team activities. They will attend a luncheon as well as a dinner banquet where they will have the opportunity to listen to some of our state's outstanding leaders. The Audrey Walton Youth Leadership Program is certainly an experience that can help any student become a true leader in their schools and communities.

2017 Conference Dates: THURSDAY, JULY 20 - SATURDAY, JULY 22, 2017 at the University of Missouri-Columbia. Participants will stay in MU's residence halls with an assigned roommate of the same gender and attend the conference's events at various locations on campus.

Who Can Apply: High school students entering their junior or senior year in school for the 2017-2018 school year.

Deadline: May 12, 2017 *Has been extended to June 1.

**Due to the large number of applications we receive each year, we ask that students who attended the conference the previous year not apply, in order to give a new student a chance to attend.** Space is limited. Applications will be critiqued & participants accepted to attend on a first-come, first-serve basis.

How To Apply: - Complete an AWYL Application.

Boys State and Girls State

American Legion Boys State and American Legion Auxiliary Girls State are the premier programs for teaching how government works while developing leadership skills & an appreciation for your rights as a citizen. As a participant in the program you, will run for office, learn public speaking, create and enforce laws and actively participate in all phases of creating and running a working government in this exciting and fun summer program.

You'll meet other students from across your state who will become friends for life. You'll develop confidence and leadership skills that will shape your future. Many states offer scholarships or admission preference for attendees of Boys or Girls State.


Leadership in Practice

The best way to develop leadership skills is to practice, practice, practice. For four days each June, that's exactly what Missouri's brightest freshmen and sophomore student leaders do in Leadership in Practice.

Leadership in Practice is designed to provide young people with the opportunity to learn characteristics of excellent leadership, entrepreneurship and life skills so they can apply those skills in their own lives when they return to their schools and communities. Read an overview of our 2018 program.

The program includes: The program covers five focus areas:
  • Presentations by top business and civic leaders
  • Challenging simulations and activities
  • Small group discussions
  • Strong focus on personal growth
  • Global leadership
  • Civic leadership
  • Economic leadership
  • Ethical leadership
  • Personal leadership

Westminster College campus
Fulton, Missouri

June 25-28, 2018

Application window:
January 1 - April 1, 2018

Click here to Apply

For more information contact Brian Crouse, Vice President of the Missouri Chamber Foundation, or by phone at 573.634.3511.

Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy

Missouri Cadet Patrol academy sponsored by the American Legion Department of Missouri in cooperation with the Missouri Highway Patrol nomination forms are available. The underlying purpose of the Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy is to provide firsthand experience of the role of our law enforcement officers in promoting and safeguarding American freedoms and rights. It is hoped that the young men and women who participate in the Cadet Patrol Academy will develop favorable attitudes toward law enforcement and help disseminate these attitudes throughout the community. Qualifications are :

  • Age16-18
  • C Average or Higher
  • In excellent physical condition

More information can be found at The Missouri Cadet Patrol Academy Website. The application can also be found here.

Mizzou Engineering Summer Camp Program

High School Summer Camp

Are you interested in engineering? Do you want to experience life as a Mizzou Engineering student? Then Mizzou Engineering's High School Summer Camp is for you!

Hear presentations from each of the College's departments and work on hands-on projects designed to give students a taste of what each discipline specializes in.These projects include building balsa wood bridges, designing and creating super balls, building soda-bottle rockets, constructing circuits, coding on computers and more.

You'll also receive the full Mizzou campus experience, staying in the dorms and getting a taste of what MU's campus dining options have to offer. You'll also have the chance to make good use of the pool facilities at the rec center and several other campus activities.

Camp Sessions:

Session 1: July 8-13, 2018

Session 2: July 15-20, 2018


Academic Programs and Student Affairs

Victor Bradford


[email protected]

Register here

Mizzou High School Mini Med School

The University of Missouri - School of Medicine offers an exciting and informative summer experience for high school students interested in a career in medicine. MU's High School Mini Medical School is a one-week program that gives students a preview of life as an MU medical student. The program includes:

-Hands-on experience in anatomy, suturing, and clinical skills

-Introduction to MU's innovative patient-based learning (PBL) curriculum

-Seminars on college and medical school entrance and medical school life

In addition, students will attend special sessions with clinical and research specialists and have meaningful interactions with current medical students, faculty and staff of the School of Medicine.

Mini Med School is intended for students who will begin their senior year in the fall of 2018. The following are requirements to apply:

· 1. Application

· 2. High school transcript (at least five semesters) sent by high school

· 3. Test scores (ACT, PreACT, SAT or PSAT)

· 4. Science teacher's recommendation

Students from all backgrounds are encouraged to apply. Cost to of attendance is $600 with scholarships available. Please help us reach students who you believe will particularly benefit from this type of experience.

Interested high school juniors can find more application information at our website https://medicine.missouri.edu/education/pre-med-outreach-programs/mini-medical-school/. Applications will be available by January 12, 2018 and should be submitted electronically.

The application deadline is March 1, 2018.

For additional information please contact me at 573-882-5647 or [email protected].

Stanford Pre-Collegiate Studies

This year, Stanford University will once again select the finest students from across the United States and around the world to participate in its summer programs for high school students. As a high school college counselor, we hope you will discuss these opportunities with your top students and encourage them to learn more about Stanford Pre-Collegiate Summer Institutes and Summer College.

Summer Institutes

At Summer Institutes, students ages 14-17 will engage in 3-4 week intensive study single-subject courses with instructors and peers who share their talents, passions, and interests. Coursework is tightly integrated with the social experience in academically themed houses. Courses in areas ranging from biotechnology to entrepreneurship and creative writing are customized to give students deep exposure and hands-on experience.

Summer College

At Summer College, students from around the world ages 16-19 will choose from more than 125 college courses in 30 academic departments, earning undergraduate course credit and an official Stanford University transcript. Students in the residential and the commuting Summer College programs create their own course schedules and experience what life is like as an undergraduate student at Stanford.

To learn more about both programs and their application process, visit: spcs.stanford.edu/explore.

STAPH - Summer Talent Academy for Professions in Health

Students who are currently enrolled in the 10th or 11th grade may be nominated by their school counselor or principal if they hold a 3.25 cumulative GPA and a 3.5 GPA in the basic sciences.

Students who have previously attended, and successfully completed, Truman's three-week Joseph Baldwin Academy for Eminent Young Scholars (JBA), do not need to be nominated; however, they must notify the STAPH office of their interest by the nomination deadline in order to receive application materials and must have the required GPA to be admitted.

Students do not need to provide standardized test scores for admission to the program. However, since entry into the program is competitive, students are welcome to submit such scores if they feel that they will strengthen their application. Grades, letters of support, and essays, as well as optional test scores, will all be considered when making admissions decisions.

The number of students admitted to the program will be limited to no more than 50 students.

Important Dates

  • All nominations from principals and counselors should be postmarked no later than November 13, 2017.
  • All student applications should be postmarked no later than January 29, 2018.

STAPH is a collaborative effort between Truman, AT Still University of Health Sciences, and the Area Heath Education Centers (AHEC) in northeast Missouri. STAPH aims to educate students about careers in health care and to provide a jump-start to a future in medicine, nursing, and allied health professions. STAPH offers taleted students a head start on their future by allowing them to spend a week on campus exploring high-tech health facilities, simulations, and a working cadaver lab. Unlike other medical summer programs, the curriculum is broad-based, giving students exposure to fields as wide-ranging as sports medicine, nursing, nutrition, communication disorders, emergency response, and of course, pre-medical topics. Our curriculum is aimed at helping students sort out career possibilities as well as reinforcing interest in chosen paths. We help students develop enthusiasm for the possibilities of the field. Instruction is conducted by experts who are themselves practitioners. The week culminates in formal research presentations focused on assigned topics.

The following link takes you to the STAPH website. Please be aware of nomination and application deadlines.