National Youth Science Camp

2018 National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)


The National Youth Science Camp (NYSC) is a broad science, technology, engineering, and mathematics (STEM) experience that incorporates creative and performing arts as well as outdoor experience in an intense month-long camp for young scientists. In a rustic setting in West Virginia, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies on current STEM topics. The intense month-long program  also offers participants the opportunity to experience a wide variety of outdoor activities that have minimal impact on the environment and are challenging for the experienced but accessible to those who have never participated in outdoor excursions. The NYSC is an all-expenses-paid program. The National Youth Science Foundation will arrange round trip transportation from an airport near the delegate’s home to Charleston, West Virginia.

Two students will be chosen to represent Virginia as delegates to the National Youth Science Camp. Eligible applicants must meet the following criteria:

  • must be candidates for high school graduation between July 1, 2017 and June 30, 2018;
  • must be able to attend the entire NYSC program in Charleston, West Virginia, tentatively scheduled for Wednesday, June 27, 2018, and depart on Saturday, July 21, 2018;
  • must demonstrate superior academic proficiency, including recognition in science, technology, engineering, and/or mathematics;
  • must demonstrate an application of leadership abilities and social maturity through involvement in school and community activities;
  • must demonstrate skills and achievements outside the realm of science and outside the realm of academic pursuits;
  • must demonstrate a curiosity and an eagerness to explore many and varied topics; and
  • must intend to pursue higher education and a career in a science, technology, engineering, or mathematics related field.

Information about the National Youth Science Camp and an application may be obtained at the National Youth Science CampThis link takes you out of the Virginia Department of Education website website. The application must be submitted through the NYSC website by February 28, 2018.

Applications will be reviewed by an expert panel based on the criteria required in the application. Applicants will be notified by March 31, 2018, regarding their selection status for the 2018 National Youth Science Camp.

Questions should be directed to Anne M. Petersen, Science Coordinator, Office of Science, Technology, Engineering, and Mathematics, by email at or by telephone at (804) 225-2676.

Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund

Please find attached Janice M. Scott Memorial Scholarship Fund documents for your high school seniors for the 2017-2018 school year. These documents can also be accessed through our website at
Please make this website publicly available to all seniors graduating high school. High school seniors can retrieve these documents from the website above to determine their eligibility status. If they qualify, they can complete and submit their application packets.
As done so in the past, we will let you know in sufficient time if a decision is made to discontinue (temporary or permanent) our scholarship program. Each year, there will be 3-4 scholarships available at the national level. The amount of each scholarship will be $2,500 unless otherwise specified. We will issue these scholarships on a one-time basis. Funds will be deposited into the student account of each recipients at the respective educational institution.

Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program

The 2017-2018 Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Scholarship Program is now available for Virginia public, private, and home-school high school students.  The objective of the program is to acquaint young people with the historical legacy of two of Virginia’s best-known military figures, General Robert E. Lee and General Thomas J. “Stonewall” Jackson.
Eighteen scholarships will be awarded to Virginia high school juniors and seniors submitting outstanding original, analytical essays on any aspect, positive or negative, of the career, character, or legacy of General Robert E. Lee and/or General “Stonewall” Jackson.
Scholarship funding is available as follows:
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted in each of the state’s eight public high school regions.
  • $2,000 for the first place essay, and $1,000 for the second place essay, submitted by private and/or home-schooled students.  Participating private and home-schooled students will be judged together as a ninth region for the purpose of making scholarship awards.
  • An additional award of $8,000 will go to the single essay that is judged to be the most outstanding in the state.  Therefore, the winning essay will be awarded a total of $10,000.
A $1,000 award will be given to a school in each of the nine judging regions in the name of the high school teacher or advisor who sponsors the most participating students in that region.  Advisors must sponsor a minimum of 50 participating students to be eligible for this award.
The application and reporting forms are located on the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation Web site at  
The deadline for students to submit applications and essays to their high school principals is February 2, 2018.
Each public high school principal should submit all on-time applications and essays received to the division superintendent.  Each superintendent should select the five best essays and forward the applications, essays, and the completed Division Superintendent Summary Form to the designated chair of the Regional Screening Committee listed on page 11 of the application.  The Regional Screening Committee should select three students to represent the region and rank them first, second, and an alternate and forward those essays, applications, the Regional Screening Committee Summary Form and each Division Superintendent Summary Form and mis-directed High School Summary Forms received to the Foundation.
Private school principals and home school parents/guardians should submit all on-time applications and essays directly to the Foundation for further review.
A Foundation-appointed judging panel will review the top-ranked essays from each of the eight public high school regions and the ninth private/home school region.  This panel will make the final determination as to which of these nine essays will merit the 2018 $10,000 L-JEF scholarship  All application instructions, selection procedures, and deadlines are listed in the application packet.  Winners will be announced May 15, 2018.
The L-JEF asks for your help to make students aware of this annual scholarship opportunity, and appreciates your help shepherding students’ essays through the application and review process.
If you have questions or need additional information, please contact Stephanie Leech, Scholarship Program Coordinator for the Lee-Jackson Educational Foundation, at

Stephanie Leech
Lee Jackson Educational Foundation
PO Box 8121
Charlottesville, VA 22906



Do you have students looking for flexible job opportunities?  Do you know of students who want to pursue culinary or hospitality careers?  Do you have students who plan to attend Virginia Tech?


Then this job opportunity is for them!


Virginia Tech Dining Services is one of the largest employers in Blacksburg and continues to grow in size.  VT’s Dining program is nationally ranked and carries an esteemed reputation.  We are currently looking for members to add to our team.


Why work for VT Dining Services as a high school student?

  • No experience required – we will train you!
  • Flexible hours – part time and full time options, with early morning, day, evening, night, and weekend availability
  • Pay starts at $9.25 with an opportunity for a $.25 raise every semester
  • Free meal with each shift worked
  • Incentives include team building, professional development, appreciation events, guest speakers, and more!
  • And opportunities for advancement


Work with the BEST UNIVERSITY DINING in the nation! Or visit for details and on-line application (apply to the ‘Dining Services Wage Pool’).  A fun way to join the HOKIE NATION!


Employees must be at least 16 years old.  Contact us with any questions.  Myself at or 540-231-9205 or Andrew Watling at or 540-231-7861.

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