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             Amazement Square

            27 Ninth Street
            Lynchburg, Virginia 24504

            Phone:  434/845-1888

            Website: www.amazementsquare.com

  • A multidisciplinary, hands-on children's museum - Climb, slide and discover – Four floors of exciting, interactive exhibits, activities and programs.


    Appomattox Court House National Historical Park

    Hwy. 24, P.O.

    Box 218

    Appomattox, VA 24522

    Phone:  434-352-8987  Ext.  26

    Website:  http://www.nps.gov/apco

  • Visit the historic village where the Civil War ended; Living history programs in the summer and fall, exhibits with original artifacts; theatre.


    Ash Lawn

    1000 James Monroe Parkway

    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Phone:  434/293-9539

    Website:  http://wwwhttp://www.ashlawnhighland.org

  • Visit the official residence of President James Monroe and his wife; house museum, working farm, and performance arts site.


    Blue Ridge Parkway

    P. O. BOX 2136
    Ashville, NC 28802-2136

    Phone:  540/ 586-4357

    Website:  http://www.blueridgeparkway.org

  • Enjoy biking, fishing, hiking, picnics, wildlife and scenic beauty along a seventy mile highway that runs through the Blue Ridge Mountain.


    Claytor Nature Center

    Lynchburg College
    1501 Lakeside Drive
    Lynchburg, VA 24501
    Phone: 434/544-8360

    Website:  http://www.lynchburg.edu/claytor.xml

  • An outdoor classroom and laboratory in Bedford County, VA dedicated to the study and appreciation of our natural environment. Location:From Bedford – Drive onto Rt. 43 toward the Peaks of Otter – follow signs to the center.


    Central Virginia Governor’s School

    3020 Wards Ferry Road
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24502

    Phone:  434) 582-1104

    Website:  http://www.cvgs.k12.va.us/

    Regional specialized high school serving Bedford County high-end learning high school students in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology.  Located on the campus of Heritage  High School.  Students admitted by invitation only.  Tour by appointment.


    Colonial Williamsburg

    The Colonial Williamsburg Foundation
    P. O. Box 1776
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-1776
    Phone:  757/ 229-1000

    Website:    http://www.history.org/

  • Visit Colonial Williamsburg’s “Revolutionary City”, 1774-1781. Daily and evening programs, historical interpreters, reenactments, music, museums, animals, and more.


    Economics for Leaders

    Foundation for Teaching Economics

    260 Russell Boulevard, Suite B

    Davis, CA 95616-3839

    Phone:  530-757-4630

    Website:  http://www.fte.org/students

  • Week-long, residential programs provide rising senior students with an exceptional opportunity to learn important leadership skills.Programs held on various college campuses, including William and Mary College, throughout the United States.Sponsored by the Foundation for Teaching Economics


    Emerson Creek Pottery

    1068 Pottery Lane
    Bedford, VA 24523

    Phone:  540/297-7524, 1-866/411-1977

    Website:   http://www.emersoncreekpottery.com

  • Connect with the past by experiencing the special quality of handmade pottery which continues a true American tradition handed down to us from colonial times.Pottery made on-site; Tours available and include artists at work.


    Ferrum College

    Ferrum, VA  24088

    Phone:  1-800/868-9797

    Website:  http://www.ferrum.edu/

    The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre

  • Outgrowth of the Dramatic and Theatre Arts department and the Jack Tale Players.It produces four to five major plays per season.The Jack Tale Players perform at schools and other organizations.The Blue Ridge Dinner Theatre promises wholesome family entertainment that blends the educational purpose of theatre with the powerful force of drama.

    The State Center for Blue Ridge Folklore   Website:  http://www.blueridgeinstitute.org/

  • Many different programs and activities for art lovers - students, K-12 and families.Most are free.


    Lynchburg Academy of Fine Arts

    600 Main St, Lynchburg, VA 24504
    Phone:   434/528-3256

    Website:   www.academyfinearts.com

  • The three-hundred acre New Market Battlefield State Historical Park, 19th Century Bushong Farm, and Hall ofValorCivil War Museum, commemorate a unique moment in American history--- when college boys, Cadets from VMI, engaged in pitched battle and helped win a victory for the Confederate Army –New Market Battlefield State Historical Park includes museum, historic farm, scenic Shenandoah River overlooks, and picnic pots and walking trails.


    Point of Honor

    112 Cabell Street
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24504

    Phone:  434/455/6226

    Website:  http://www.pointofhonor.org/

  • Site contains information about scholarships and the US Naval Academy;


    Need a Lift?

    Website:  www.needalift.org

  • Sponsored by the American Legion.Lists scholarships, grants, and loans available; Extensive information about funding college.


    North Carolina A&T

    1601 East Market Street
    Greensboro, North Carolina 27411

    Phone:  336/256-0863

    Website:  http://www.ncat.edu/~newsinfo/announcements/chancellor/chancellorannounce.html

    Award Amount:   Tuition, fees, room and board

    Must be a senior with a combined SAT math and verbal score of 1000 or better and at least a 3.25 GPA (50% of tuition and fees) or senior with a combined SAT math and verbal score of 1200 or better and at least a 3.75 GPA (100% of tuition, fees, room, and board).


    North Carolina Wesleyan College

    3400 N. Wesleyan Blvd.
    Rocky Mount, NC 27804

    Phone:  (800) 488-6292  (Admissions)

    Website:  http://www.ncwc.edu/admission/financial_aid.htm

    Award Amount:  Full Tuition

  • Valedictorian Scholarship.Must be valedictorian of senior high school class.College also offers other scholarships.


    Odyssey of the Mind (OM)

    Odyssey of the Mind Program
    c/o Creative Competitions, Inc.
    406 Ganttown Road
    Sewell, NJ 08080

    Tel: (856) 256-2797
    Website:  http://www.odysseyofthemind.org/

    Award Amount:  $500-$1000.00

    • Awards college scholarships to students who have participated in OM.Application is online


      Peterson’s College Money Handbook

      2006 Edition

      16th Edition

  • Public funds abound in this comprehensive directory of more than $50 billion in financial aid opportunities available from more than 2,100 four-year colleges, including federal grants, work-study programs, need-based grants, academic scholarships, and more.Book can be purchased from Amazon or Barnes & Noble or secured from a public library.


    Robert C. Byrd Honors Program (US. Department of Education)

    Honors Scholarships

    Website:  http://www.ed.gov/programs/iduesbyrd/inde

  • Designed for high school graduates in all 50 states who have been accepted for enrollment at institutions of higher education (IHEs), have demonstrated outstanding academic achievement, and show promise of continued academic excellence may apply to states in which they are residents. The Department provides grant funds to states on a formula basis.See high school guidance counselors for other details.


    Sarah Lanier Tabb Oliver Memorial Scholarship


    Award Amount – up to $8,000 - renewable

  • Scholarship to Virginia female student in financial need and wishing to attend James Madison University;


    Tuition Funding Sources

    Website:  www.TuitionFundingSources.com

  • Comprehensive database of sources for scholarships.Participants must register as a First Time User and answer questions; 5,000 new items added monthly.


    University of Tennessee 

    Pasqua Scholarship / Nuclear & Radiological Engineering Scholarship

    Knoxville, TN 37996   

    Phone:   (865) 974-1000

    Website:  http://www.engr.utk.edu/nuclear/scholarships.html

    Award Amount:  $1,000

  • Applicants must have completed physics by the time they graduate from high school


    Virginia Association for the Gifted

    Liz Nelson, Executive Director

    P. O. Box 26212
    Richmond, VA  23260-6212
    Voice Mail: (804) 355-5945
    Website:  www.vagifted.org

    Award Amount:  Varies

    • Annually awards twelve scholarships to VA students attending summer programs; Online application


      Virginia State University

      1 Hayden Dr.

      Petersburg, VA  23806
      Phone: 804-524-5000

      Phone:  Website:  www.vsu.edu  (at the “search” box, type in “scholarships”)

      Award Amount:  (7) $2,000 scholarships

  • Applicants must have a GPA of 2.5 or above, SAT score of 900 or above or ACT – 17.Applicant must also be entering VSU as a freshman in one of the following areas: Agricultural Business / Economics, Agricultural Education, Animal Science / Pre-Vet, Aquatic Science, Plant, Soil and Environmental Science, Dietetics, Family Child & Community Service, Family & Consumer Science Education, Textiles Apparel Merchandising & Management (TAMM)


    The American Legion Post 16 and Auxiliary Unit 16 Scholarship

    Award Amount:  $1,000

  • Applicant must be an American citizen.Must be a graduating high school senior of the current school year.Scholarship must be used within 12 months of the date the winner receives notification of award.


    The Bedford Community Health Foundation (BCHF)

    Bedford, VA

    Award Amount:   Various

  • The BCHF offers a variety of scholarships to residents of Bedford City and County.These scholarships are designed to assist:full-time nursing students, nurses who are employed and seek additional education, full-time allied health students and grad students, high school students studying at the Bedford Science and Technology Center.


    Central Virginia Community College Institutional Scholarships  (Under Website)

    3506 Wards Road
    Lynchburg, VA 24502-2498
    Phone: 434.832.7600

    Website:  http://www.cvcc.vccs.edu/student%20services/Financial%20Aid/Scholarships.asp


    Alumni Association Scholarships

    Alvin W. Singleton Scholarships

    Belvac Scholarship

    Beverly W. and Hampton O. Powell Foundation Scholarship

    Chip Anderson Memorial Scholarship

    CVCC Honors Scholarship

    Dr. Robert and Joy W. Bashore Scholarship

    Dr. William M. Reynolds, Professor Emeritus, Business Admin Scholarship

    Emery Mayhew Scholarship

    Genworth Scholarship

    Gloria Smith Scholarship

    J. B. Drinkard Scholarship

    John E. Freese Scholarship\

    Johnnie and Bettye Merritt Family Scholarship

    Martin and Ruth Webb Scholarship

    Nationwide Insurance Scholarship

    Regina Ryan Scholarship

    R. R. Donnelly Scholarship

    Stroobants Technology Scholarship

    Tyco Electronics Scholarship

    VA Tobacco Indemnification Commission Scholarship

    Weyerhaeuser Foundation Scholarship


    Award Amount:  Ranging from $500 to full tuition

  • Preference is given to full-time CVCC students and/or must have a parent who is a CVCC alumnus.Please see each individual scholarship for full details.




    SCHOLARSHIP OPPORTUNITIES- COLLEGE & SUMMER ENRICHMENT PROGRAMS:  (Many are local.  See Guidance Counselor for details)


    The Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship

    Award Amount:   $2, 000

  • This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending a Virginia college or university in the fall.The recipient must show merit and need.


    The Craig Cousins Award from the Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship Fund

    Award Amount:   $10,000

  • This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending college in the fall.The recipient must be an active member, in good standing, of one of the Key Clubs that are sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Lynchburg, VA.Currently, the key Clubs sponsored by the Lynchburg Kiwanis Club are Brookville HS, EC Glass HS, Holy Cross Regional Catholic HS and Jefferson Forest High School, Central Virginia.The award is based on merit and need.


    The Craig Cousins Merit Grants from the Colonel Joseph Brown Scholarship Fund

    Award Amount:   (3) each up to $2,500

  • Up to three Merit Grants will be available for students from Region 2000 high schools (Central Virginia) who have exhibited leadership characteristics in civic and community service organizations.These recipients must show merit and need, and must be attending college in the fall.


    Harry A. Applegate Scholarship Award for DECA and/or Delta Epsilon Chi Members

    Award Amount:  Unspecified

  • Any currently active DECA/Delta Epsilon Chi member who intends to pursue a full-time two- or four-year course of study in marketing, entrepreneurship or management may apply.The applicant may select any institution or university as long as it offers careers in marketing, management or entrepreneurship.


    Lynchburg Chapter of the International Association of Administrative Professionals

    Award Amount:  $500

  • Candidate should be a high school student who is interested in pursuing a career in administration.


    Moose Youth Awareness Program


    Award Amount:  Varies

  • Awards up to $12,000 to students involved in the Moose program.


    National Association for College Admission Counseling  (NACAC)

    1050 North Highland Street Suite 400

    Arlington, Virginia, 22201
    Phone: 703-836-2222

    Award Amount:  $1,000 awarded four times per year.

  • All high school junior and seniors and college freshmen and sophomores are invited to enter a college-transition related essay contest.


    The Odie Mayhew Scholarship

    Award Amount:   $4,000

  • This scholarship is awarded to a graduating senior who will be attending college the in the fall.The recipient must show merit and need, and must be an active member of a Key Club from a high school in the Region 2000 area of Central Virginia.


    R. Bolling Lambeth Scholarship

    Award Amount:  $1,000

  • Open to all graduating seniors residing in the Roanoke River Basin.


    Sherman Wooldridge Memorial Scholarship

    Award Amount:  Unspecified

  • Candidate must be a female senior who plays softball for Jefferson Forest High School, Forest, VA


    Veterans of Foreign Wars

    Voice of Democracy Competition

    Website:  http://www.vfw.org/index.cfm?fa=cmty.leveld&did=150

    Award Amount:  up to $30,000

  • Audio essay contest; first place winner is awarded up to $30,000 scholarship; additional information found on the website




    SCHOOL YEAR OPPORTUNITIES:                                          


    Bedford Area Parks & Recreation Department

    780 Bedford Ave.

    Bedford, VA   24523

    Phone:  540/586-7682

    Website:  www.bedfordva.gov

  • Summer program for high school students, history, food, dance, music, sports, and films of Spanish-speaking countries! Earn up to two semesters of transferable, sophomore-level college credits.


    Maryland Classic Youth Orchestras

    The Music Center at Strathmore

    c/o Cheryl Jukes
    5301 Tuckerman Lane
    North Bethesda, MD 20852-3385

    Phone:  301-581-5208

    Website:  http://www.mcyo.org/summer.htm

  • Site holds a large list of music programs for all ages.Residential and day programs on the east coast are included.


    Michigan Math & Science Summer Program

    University of Michigan
    2082 East Hall
    530 Church Street
    Ann Arbor, MI 48109-1043
    Phone:  734/647-4466

    Website: http://www.math.lsa.umich.edu/mmss

  • For over 30 years Ferrum College's Blue Ridge Institute & Museum has documented the folkways of the people living in and around the Blue Ridge Mountains. Through gallery exhibits, the Blue Ridge Folk life Festival, the Blue Ridge Farm Museum, the Blue Ridge Heritage Archive, the BRI Recordings series and innovative outreach programming, the BRI promotes a special understanding of regional folk life for all ages and audiences. At the same time the Institute's focus adds a unique element to Ferrum College's modern academic programs.


    James Madison University

    Harrisonburg, Virginia 22807

    Phone:  540/568-6211

    Website:   http://www.jmu.edu

  • Various exhibits and activities throughout the year.Examples:James Madison University Children's Playshop season; First Annual Area Youth Art Exhibition; Many activities are free; those interested should check the website frequently.


    Liberty University

    LaHaye Ice Center
    1971 University Blvd.
    Lynchburg, VA 24502
    (800) 543-5317 

    Phone:   434/592-3953, 1-877/487-6611

    Website:  http://www.liberty.edu/icecenter

    • Liberty/Huron Hockey Camp – two weeks in the summer ice hockey camp, ages 8- 19.

      Dates and general information may be found by visiting the Huron Hockey website.


      Longwood University

      Longwood Center for the Visual Arts

      129 North Main St.

      Farmville, VA   23901

      Phone:  434/395-2206

      Website:  http://www.longwood.edu/lcva/

  • High school program; Since 1975, over 25,000 campers have improved their performance in academics, golf and tennis ; SAT/ACT Prep; while having fun and making new friends from all around the world at 4 Star Camps. Camps are located at the University of Virginia in Charlottesville and the University of Mary Washington in Fredericksburg, VA. Both sites are within easy driving distance of Washington, DC.


    Boston University

    Boston University Summer Term
    High School Programs
    755 Commonwealth Avenue, room 105
    Boston, MA 02215

    Phone: 617-353-1378

    Website: www.bu.edu/summer/highschool

  • Summer Challenge Program – Two week residential summer program allows high school students who will be entering their sophomore, junior, or senior year in fall 2009 to preview college life and coursework. Students explore two subject areas of their choice in specially designed, non-credit seminars.
  • Summer academic program – Six week residential summer program for high school seniors earn eight college credits, or pursue scientific research under the guidance of a faculty mentor.


    Boston University

    PROMYS – Program in Mathematics for Young Scientists

    Department of Mathematics
    111 Cummington Street
    Boston, MA 02215

    Phone:  (617) 353-2563

    Website:  www.promys.org

  • Offers a wide variety of performing and visual arts classes and summer camps for ages 3 through adult.Financial aid available.


    Lynchburg College

    Hebb Music Center
    1501 Lakeside Drive
    Lynchburg, VA 24501

    Phone: 434/544-8443

    Website:   http://www.cantateva.org

  • Children’s and Youth Choir in Residence, Grades 3-12 - Organization dedicated to bringing classical choral music to the children and youth of Central Virginia. Each chorister will be trained in proper vocal production, note and score reading and musical interpretation of the great choral classics in short, tapping the potential of this region’s wealth of musical talent. The group will seek to build an organization of choral excellence and goodwill between the singers in the tradition of the great boy choirs of Europe and the wonderful children’s choirs of North America. Cantate is a secular organization. We are not affiliated with any church body or government agency.Cantate is a non-profit organization as stipulated by the IRS as 501 (C)(3). Cantate performs classical choral music from all areas of composition. An audition is part of the admission process.


    Jamestown Settlement & Yorktown Victory Center

    Jamestown-Yorktown Foundation

    P.O. Box 1607

    Williamsburg, Virginia 23187-1607

    Phone:   888/593-4682

    Website:  http://www.historyisfun.org/

  • Experience the story of America's beginnings at Jamestown Settlement and the Yorktown Victory Center. Through film, artifact-filled galleries and outdoor living history, these museums engage visitors in nearly two centuries of our nation's history - from the founding of America's first permanent English settlement in 1607 to the decisive Revolutionary War victory in 1781 and implementation of the Constitution and Bill of Rights.


    Lynchburg College

    Dillard Fine Arts Center

    Lynchburg College

    1501 Lakeside Drive

    Lynchburg, VA 24501

    Phone:  434/ 544-8100

    Website:  http://www.lynchburg.edu/dillard.xml

  • Dillard Fine Arts Center houses the art and theatre programs and the Daura Gallery, which was added in 1990 and expanded in 1995. The multi-purpose building is the site of numerous art exhibitions and student-produced plays, as well as a variety of receptions and other special events.Many events are free of charge and appropriate for students of all ages.


    Maier Museum of Art
    Randolph College
    2500 Rivermont Avenue 
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24503

    Phone:  434/947-8136

    Website:  http://maiermuseum.randolphcollege.edu

  • Features works by outstanding American artists of the 19th and 20th centuries; collection of several thousand paintings, prints, drawings, and photographs in the Maier's permanent collection; active schedule of special exhibitions and education programs throughout the year.


    Mill Mountain Theatre

    One Market Square SE
    Roanoke, VA 24011

    Phone:  540/ 342-5740

    Website: www.millmountain.org

    • Live theater for adults and children; offers acting lessons; check website frequently for scheduled performances.


      Mill Mountain Zoo

      P. O. Box 13484
      Roanoke, Virginia 24034

      Phone:  540/343-3241

      Website: http://www.mmzoo.org/

    • See birds, mammals, reptiles and amphibians from around the globe.Visit website to find special events.



      600 College Drive

      Charlottesville, VA 22902

      Phone:  434/984-9822

      Website:  http://www.monticello.org/

      • Learn about the colonial life of Thomas Jefferson, the sixth president of the United States; visit his home and grounds; exhibits and artifacts; special children’s programs.


        Mount Vernon

        3200 Mount Vernon Memorial Highway,

        Mount Vernon, VA 22121

        Phone:  703-780-2000

        Website:  http://www.mountvernon.org/

      • Visit the estate, gardens, and farm of George Washington, the first president of the United States.


        National D-Day Memorial

        3 Overlord Circle
        Bedford, VA 24523

        Phone:  540/586-3329, 1-800/351-DDAY

        Website:  http://www.dday.org

      • National monument where veterans of all ages are welcomed and honored; visitors discover and recognize the worthy service of those who answer duty’s cal; exhibits and monuments.


        New Market Battlefield 

        PO Box 1864

        New Market VA  22844
        Phone:  1-866-515-1864

        Website:  http://www4.vmi.edu/museum/nm/

  • Hosts a variety of events that include living history.Visit the historic home was built in 1815 by the Cabell family and is among the finest examples of Federal architecture in Piedmont Virginia.  


    Radford University

    Radford University Planetarium

    East Main St.
    Radford, Va. 24142
    Phone:  540- 831-5000

    Website:  http://planetarium.radford.edu/

  • The Radford University Planetarium is an educational resource for the Radford University community and beyond. We have a full complement of shows that will appeal to a wide range of audiences and their interests. Please see the shows page for descriptions. Our purpose is to educate our audiences about all things astronomical, from the ancient legends of the stars to our current knowledge and future exploration of the stars.


    Radford University

    Radford University Museum of the Earth Sciences

    Reed Hall 104

    Radford, Va. 24142
    Phone:  540- 831-5000

    Website:  https://php.radford.edu/%7emes/index.php

  • A component of the Department of Geology and the College of Science and Technology, serves as an educational resource for earth science related themes for the University, for K12 communities, and for the general public. Encompassing the earth science related fields of Geology, Oceanography, and Physical Anthropology, the Museum of the Earth Sciences attempts to foster an appreciation of the Earth, its past, present, and future, and its interaction with mankind. In doing so, it seeks to foster a broad based educational experience.Visit site for events.


    Roanoke College
    221 College Lane
    Salem, Virginia 24153

    Phone:  800/388-2276

    Website:   http://web.roanoke.edu/

  • Small liberal arts private college in western Virginia; Various events open to the public; Tours available for potential students and parents.


    Roanoke Valley Governor’s School

    2104 Grandin Rd SW

    Roanoke, Virginia 24015

    Phone:    540) 853-2116

    Website:  www.rvgs.k12.va.us

  • Regional specialized high school serving Bedford County high-end learning high school students in the areas of mathematics, science, and technology.Located on the campus of Patrick Henry High School.Students admitted by invitation only.Tour by appointment.


    Sweet Briar College

    Sweet Briar, VA 24595

    Guion building for Math & Science www/sbc/edu

    History & Art Museum email: jranger@sbc.edu

    434) 381-6100 

  • Rotating art exhibitions are research-, studio-, and community-based and are presented in one of three galleries: Babcock, Benedict, and Pannell; the latter houses the Sweet Briar Collection and larger touring exhibitions. Located in the Boxwood Alumnae House, the Sweet Briar Museum contains an excellent teaching collection of 18th-, 19th-, and 20th century American decorative arts, including artifacts of the College's founders and memorabilia from throughout the College's history.


  • The Farm Tool Museum contains Sweet Briar's collection of farm machinery and artifacts both from the Sweet Briar Plantation and from the time period. On display are farm implements of all descriptions, along with plow tack, and a forge. Click on the image to view a list of several pictures of the exhibits. The Farm Tool Museum is located behind the Sweet Briar Museum.


    Thomas Jefferson’s Popular Forest

    P.O. Box 419
    Forest, VA 24551-0419

    Phone:  434/ 525-1806

    Website:  http://www.poplarforest.org

  • Learn about Jefferson's design and construction at Poplar Forest, the surrounding ornamental landscape, the plantation community, the modern rescue of the property, and its restoration. Self-guided grounds tours are available. Walk the grounds guided by brochures that describe the landscape and plantation community. Examine exhibits at the restoration workshop, archaeology laboratory, slave quarter site, and in the lower level of the house. View a 15-minute film on the restoration work and archaeological excavations in the lower level of the house.Open April-November.


    Virginia Military Institute

    c/o Mrs. Caldwell

    Lexington, VA   24450
    319 Letcher Avenue

    Lexington, VA   24550
    Phone: 1.800.767-4207
    Website:  www.vmi.edu

  • Day and group tours; overnight visits; juniors and seniors may request to be on the VMI mailing list.


    Washington, D.C.

    Destination DC
    901 7th Street NW, 4th Floor, Washington, DC 20001-3719
    Phone:   202/789-7000

    Website:  http://www.washington.org

  • Visit America’s national treasures.Hundred of attractions including the Smithsonian museums, the Lincoln Memorial and other landmarks, theatres such as the Kennedy center; the Washington Zoo, restaurants and historic neighborhoods.Walk or ride the Metro subway.


    Washington & Lee University

    Lexington, VA   24550

    Phone:  540/458-8400

    Website: http://www.wlu.edu/



    The Lenfest Center for the Arts

    Website:   http://lenfest.wlu.edu/about/venues

  • Over 250 public performances annually; include visual and performing arts and lectures.


    Lee Chapel and Museum

    Website:  http://chapelapps.wlu.edu

  • A state-of-the-art museum is housed in the lower level and includes Lee's office, a portrait gallery displaying the Washington-Custis-Lee Collection, an exhibition tracing the history and heritage of Washington and Lee University and a museum shop.Visitors may view the Lee Family crypt and will also find a new, self-guided tour of Lee's Office.


    Japanese Tea Room

  • Learn about Japanese culture, architecture, tea ceremony and art exhibits.


    The Woodrow Wilson Presidential Library

    18-24 North Coalter Street
    Staunton, Virginia 24401

    Phone:  540-885-0897, 1- 888/4Woodrow


  • A unique collection of Woodrow Wilson materials from during and immediately after his life, including many works by those who knew him best such as Edith Bolling Wilson, John Randolph Bolling, Stockton Axson, and his daughter Eleanor; memoirs of those who worked with Wilson in an official capacity; also houses an array of official and non-official governmental volumes concerning World War. The Presidential Trail of Virginia is also found within this website.






    Davidson Institute for Talent Development – www.Davidson-Institute.org    


    Belin-Blank Center- http://www.education.uiowa.edu/belinblank/


    Hoagies’ Gifted Education Page –  www.hoagiesgifted.org                  


    National Association for the Gifted – www.nagc.org


    Virginia Association for the Gifted – www.vagifted.org






    Any College

    PO Box 937

    Moorhead, MN 56561-0937

    Phone:   218.284.9933

    Website:  www.AnyCollege.com  (click on “Win a Scholarship”)

    Award Amount:  $2,000 awarded four times per year.

  • All high school and transfer students are eligible. The scholarship must be used during the first year at a college. There is no fee to sign up for this random scholarship drawing.Other information about colleges found within a comprehensive search engine available.


    Barbizon International, LLC

    Phone:  1-888/999-9404

    Website:   www.barbizonlectures.com

      Or  www.barbizonmodeling.com

    Award Amount:  One free four year college scholarship valued up to $100,000

  • Students who participate in Barbizon’s High School Lecture Program are eligible to win this prestigious award. Barbizon School specializes in Modeling, Personal Development, and Related Creative Arts.


    Bentley College

    175 Forest St.

    Waltham, MA    022452

    Phone:  800.523.2354.

    Website:  www.bentley.edu

    Award Amount:  A group advertisement in TIME magazine and an all-expenses-paid trip with your parents to the 2008 Bentley Leadership Forum.

  • Must be in 11th grade.Must be an outstanding young leader who demonstrates leadership and accomplishment in a variety of ways, including academic excellence, initiative, citizenship, technology savvy, cultural awareness, social responsibility, a passion for the real world of people and organizations, and a commitment to making positive change in the world around them.


    Center in the Square

    One Market Square

    Roanoke, VA  

    Phone:  540/342-5700


    Award Amount:  Varies

  • John W. Hancock Jr. Scholarship awarded annually.


    Citizens Bank

    Website:   www.citizensbank.com/edu/scholarshipsearch

  • Database that allows students to search for scholarships, internships, and grants that match educational level, academic interests, talents, background, hobbies and location


    Coca-Cola Scholarships

    Four Year Award for Seniors

    Post Office Box 442

    Altanta, GA 30301-0442

    Phone:  Toll Free 800-306-2653

    Website:  https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/page.jsp?navigation=15






    Coca-Cola Scholarships

    Two-Year Colleges Scholarship

    Post Office Box 1615

    Atlanta, GA 30301

    Phone:  800-306-2653

    Website:  https://www.coca-colascholars.org/cokeWeb/page.jsp?navigation=16



    Website:  http://www.edfed.com/planning-college/scholarship-indetail.php?id=33823

  • Includes the Granville P. Meade Scholarship; 8,000 programs with a distribution level of over 150,000 awards for undergraduate and postgraduate students worth a total of more than $35 million is what EdFed's comprehensive scholarship database contains. It also includes student loan forgiveness programs for those who have graduated from college and need alternatives for repayment.


    Garner-Webb University

    University Fellows Scholarship

    P.O. Box. 997

    Boiling Springs, North Carolina 28017 

    Phone:  704/406 – 4000

    Website:  http://www.gardner-webb.edu/admissions/financial-planning/undergraduate/scholarships

    Award Amount:  Varies

  • Offers academic, liberal arts, and athletic scholarships


    Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT)

    Office of Undergraduate Admission

    Perlstein 101

    10 West 33rd St.

    Chicago, IL   60616

    Phone:  800-448-2329

    Website:  http://www.iit.edu/undergrad_admission/apply/scholarships.shtml

  • Site contains various scholarships for students seeking admittance.


    John Kent Cooke Foundation

    Young Scholars Program

    Website:  www.jackkentcookefoundation.org

    Award Amount:  Varies

  • Awards mentorship and financial support to selected applicants at grade seven and supports them through out their high school years.


    John Montgomery Belk Scholarship-Davidson College

    Davidson, NC 28035

    Phone:  1-800/768—380

    Website: http://www2.davidson.edu/admission/belk/belk_about.asp

  • Awards ten scholarships annually up to $40,000.00


    Little Town Players

    931 Ashland Avenue

    P. O. Box 437

    Bedford, VA   24523

    Phone:  540/586-5881

    Award Amount:  Varies

    Website:  www.littletownplayers.com

  • Annual scholarship for college; forms online


    Micron Science and Technology Scholars Program

    Dina Gillespy
    332 Commerce Street
    Alexandria VA 22314
    Phone: 703.683.1277

    Website:  www.sms.scholarshipamerica.org/micron.

    Award Amount:  Various amounts

  • Must be a high school senior in Idaho, Utah or Virginia; Have a combined Critical Reading or Writing and Math SAT score of at least 1350 or acomposite ACT score of at least 30; Have an unweighted grade point average of at least 3.5 on a 4.0 scale;Plan to major in Engineering (electrical, chemical, material science or mechanical), Physics, or Chemistry at an accredited four-year college or university; Have demonstrated leadership in school, work and/or extracurricular activities.


    Miss America’s Outstanding Teen Scholarship Program


    contact person:  Paula Cox 757/873-0454

    email:  paulacox@haasinv.com

  • Awards scholarships to females that exhibit scholastic achievement, creativity, healthy living and community involvement.


    National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution Contest-

    1776 D. St. NW

    Washington, DC   20006

    Phone:  202/628-1776

    Local Contact:  Don Toms, Bedford County Public Schools, 540/586-1045

    Website:  www.dar.org

    Award Amount:  Varies

    • Awards multi-year college scholarships to qualified students in history, political science, economics, government or nursing.Must have a DARmember write a sponsorship letter


      The Navy ROTC

      Candidate Guidance
      US Naval Academy
      117 Decatur Road
      Annapolis, MD 21402-5017
      Phone: 1-800/NAV-ROTC

      Website:  https://www.nrotc.navy.mil

      Award Amount:  Varies

  • Parks & Recreation brochure including events and activities for all ages such as guided hikes, recreation trips (i.e. Amtrak from Richmond to Washington), classes, youth programs (i.e. Youth Fishing Clinic), sports (i.e. Hook-A-Kid on Golf) Teen Programs (i.e. Leadership workshop)


    Bedford City/County Museum

    201 East Main Street

    Bedford, VA 24523

    Phone:  540/586-4520

    Website:  http://www.bedfordvamuseum.org

  • Museum holds objects of historical significance used by inhabitants of Bedford County and the City of Bedford.Visitors will view Bedford rich and colorful past through artifacts that included in the black history room, Indian relics, tools and implements in the Indian room, artifacts from the Revolutionary War , Civil War, World War I and II, quilts, clothing, glass, flags, medical, household, and personal items, and old photos.A special room is dedicated to D-Day and the boys who participated in the invasion.


    Booker T. Washington National Monument

    12130 Booker T. Washington Highway
    Hardy, Virginia  24101

    Phone:  540-721-2094

    Website: http://www.nps.gov/bowa/index.htm

  • Explore the birthplace of Booker T. Washington, Visit the farm area, Hike the Jack-o-Lantern Branch Heritage Trail, Learn about slavery, the Civil War and Tuskegee Institute, Learn about tobacco.A Junior Ranger program is also available.Park is open seven days a week, year-round, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.


    Center in the Square

    One Market Square

    Roanoke, VA  

    Phone:  540/342-5700

  • Website:http://www.centerinthesquare.org
  • Organizations supported by Center in the Square are:Art Museum of Western Virginia, History Museum & Historical Society of Western Virginia and O. Winston Link Museum, Mill Mountain Theatre, Science Museum of Western Virginia, The Arts Council of the Blue Ridge, Opera Roanoke, Roanoke Ballet TheatreClick on the name of any organization to find specific events and programs for all ages.Many events are free.


    City Magazine
    206 Market Square SE
    Roanoke, VA 24011
    Ph: 540.345.6300
    Fax: 540.345.9666

    Website:  www.Citymagazineonline.com

    • Informative source for regional arts, entertainment, events and more.Serves Roanoke, Salem, Smith Mountain Lake, Vinton, and surrounding areas.Events calendar notes happenings in the area including theatre and art.


      College of William and Mary

      The Center for Gifted Education

      P.O. Box 8795, 427 Scotland Street

      Williamsburg, VA   23187-8795

      Phone:  757/221-2458 or 757/221-2351

      Website:  http://cfge.wm.edu

    • Enrichment Programs including Focusing on the Future – a career and academic planning experience for high-ability students in grades 6-12 and their parents.One day workshop in January of the year. Cost: $52/person; Year around classes and Saturday Enrichment Program for students. The College of William and Mary is a national research center for the gifted.



      200 Bedford St.

      Manchester, NH 03101


      Virginia Contact Person:  Darlene Pantaleo   vavex@virginiafirst.org

  • FIRST Robotics Competition (high school students) Teams build robots from a “kit of parts and enter them in competitions.
  • FIRST Tech Challenge (high school) Mid-level robotics competition; more accessible and affordable.
  • FIRST LEGO League, ages 9-14, Global robotics program that ignites an enthusiasm for discovery, science, and technology.
  • Junior FIRST LEGO League - for the youngest budding scientists; introduce kids to the wonders of science, technology, and engineering.
  • FIRST Place is an innovative and creative learning and development program; explores all types of science, math, and technology.


    John Hopkins University

    Center for Talented Youth

    5801 Smith Ave #400

    McAuley Hall

    Baltimore, Maryland  21209

    Phone: 410-735-4100,

    Website:  www.jhu.edu/~gifted 

    For additional information contact the school guidance counselor or the resource teacher for the gifted at the home school.

    • Opportunity to participate in the Center Talented Youth (CTY) summer programs.Residential programs are available for students in grades six and above.Students must qualify through John Hopkins testing. Financial aid available.John Hopkins University is a national research center for the gifted.


      Harrison Museum of African American Culture

      523 Harrison Ave.

      Roanoke, VA   24018

      Phone: 540/345-4818

      Website:   http://www.harrisonmuseum.com

  • Exhibits include collection of African masks, bronze sculptures, paintings, furniture, jewelry and textiles from Kenya, Nigeria, Mozambique, Liberia, Rwanda, Zaire and South Africa. Also local collection of several thousandmedical, educational, and political memorabilia, as well as visual art. No admission fee but welcomes donations.


    Lynchburg Parks & Recreation

    301 Grove Street

    Lynchburg, VA 24501

    Phone (434) 455-5858

    434/ 455-5858

    Website:  www.lynchburgva.gov/parksandrec

    • Variety of activities and workshops – art, theatre, nature, Nature Zone, ages 2 to adult.Caters to City of Lynchburg residents first.Others outside the city may join workshops if space is available.



      MATHCOUNTS Foundation
      1420 King Street
      Alexandria, VA 22314

       Phone:  703- 299-9006

       Fax:  703- 299-5009

      Website:  www.mathcounts.org

    • A national math enrichment, coaching and competition program that promotes middle school mathematics achievement through grassroots involvement.MathCounts teams exist at each middle school in Bedford County.


      Math League

      Phone:  Dan at 201 568-6328 or Steve at 516 365-5656.

      Website:  www.mathleague.com

    • Math enrichment program/contests for grades 4 through high school. Organization dedicated to bringing challenging mathematics materials to students.
    • Some BCPS incorporate program into the curriculum.See teacher at individual schools for additional information.


      Mary Baldwin College

      318 Prospect Street
      Staunton, VA 24401

      Phone: 540-887-7019

      Website: http://www.mbc.edu/peg

      PEG, the Program for the Exceptionally Gifted, offers an opportunity for bright and accomplished young women to complete college during their high school years. PEG students live in a fully supervised, state of the art residence hall.


      National History Day Project

      University of Maryland

      0119 Cecil Hall 

      College Park, MD 20742 

      Phone:  301/.314-.9739

      Website:  http://www.nationalhistoryday.org

  • Visit the Natural Bridge, Natural Bridge Caverns, Wax Museum & Factory Tour, Professor Clines's Haunted Monster Museum, Dino Kingdom, Foamhenge, a replica of Stonehenge made out of Styrofoam, and the Toy Museum, the largest collection of childhood memorabilia on display in the world.


    Odyssey of the Mind Program (OM)

    c/o Creative Competitions, Inc.
    406 Ganttown Road
    Sewell, NJ 08080

    Phone: (856) 256-2797
    Website:  http://www.odysseyofthemind.org/

    Bedford County Coordinator: Stella Osborne, Moneta Elementary School, sosborne@bedford.k12.va.us

    Phone:  Moneta Elementary:  540-297-4411

    Contact the resource teacher or school coordinator for the gifted at the individual homes for additional information.

    • An international educational program that provides creative problem-solving opportunities for students from kindergarten through college. Students apply their creativity to solve problems that range from building mechanical devices to presenting their own interpretation of literary classics.Regional competition is in March of the year.


      Salem Museum and Historical Society

      801 East Main Street
      Salem, Virginia 24153

      Phone:  540/389-6760

      Website:  http://www.salemmuseum.org/

  • As an educational and cultural resource center, the Salem Museum maintains an important collection of local artifacts--including Native American pieces recovered from an early Indian settlement, relics of the Civil War, and mementos of daily life from the span of Salem's history; walking tours.Free of Charge.


    Smith Mountain Dam

    Phone:  540/985-2587

    Website:   www.appalachianpower.com/news/smithmtn/default.asp

  • Program for gifted or high ability students kindergarten through fifth grade.


    Virginia Department of Cooperative Extension

    Bedford County/City Extension Office

    122 East Main Street

    Suite 102

    Bedford, VA

    Nicole A LaNore, Associate Extension Agent

    Phone:  540/586-7675

    Website:  http://offices.ext.vt.edu/view.cfm?webname=bedford

  • Joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Provides educational and recreational opportunities for all ages including all ages including Cloverbud camps for ages 5-8; Teen Weekend, Master Gardner, and others.


    Bedford Area Parks & Recreation Department

    780 Bedford Ave.

    Bedford, VA   24523

    Phone:  540/586-7682

    Website:  www.bedfordva.gov

  • Parks & Recreation brochure including events and activities for all ages including summer programs such as Cop Camp, sports programs, Beginner Golf Camp, Cheerleading, and others.


    Bedford County Public Schools

    • Summer Extension Program – offers a variety of mini-sessions that are hands-on workshops for gifted students, grades 3-8.Information routed to the students in May.


      4-Star Camps at UVA

      PO Box 3387
      Falls Church, VA 22043

      Phone:  703-866-4900

      Website:  www.4starcamps.com

  • National History Day's core program is a national contest for students in grades 6-12. The students conduct extensive research related to an annual theme and present their findings in one of four categories: exhibits, documentaries, performances or papers. Students develop critical thinking and problem-solving skills while creating their entries. There are two divisions: junior (grades 6-8) and senior (grades 9-12). Students can choose to participate in the contest individually, or as part of a group of up to five students.The competition starts at a local or district level and progresses to state and national competitions.At the national contest participants have the opportunity to win national awards of up to $5,000 and university scholarships. Some schools in Bedford County participate in this activity.


    National Society of Daughters of the American Revolution

    1776 D. St. NW

    Washington, DC   20006

    Phone:  202/628-1776

    Local Contact:  Don Toms, Bedford County Public Schools, 540/586-1045

    Website:  www.dar.org

    • Promotes American throughout the year by honoring historically significant people, places, dates, and events
    • Annual DAR Essay Contest for students grades five through eight- many BCPS participate.


      Natural Bridge of Virginia LLC, Virginia Historic Landmark · National Historic Landmark
      PO Box 57
      Appledore Lane
      Natural Bridge, VA 24578

      Phone:  800/533-1410

      Website:  http://www.naturalbridgeva.com

  • Tour of dam and informative program


    Smith Mountain Lake State Park Environmental Education Outreach Programs

    Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Virginia State Parks

    1235 State Park Rd, Huddleston, VA

    (540) 297-5998

    Contact via email:  Lauri.Schular@dcr.virginia.gov

    • Kindergarten through grade 12 - SOL based programs dealing with the environment and including adaptations, habitats, erosion, clean water and others.Also has Life in the 1800’s program. Field trips are free, outreach to schools and organizations are $10/program.


      Sweet Briar College
      Sweet Briar, VA 24595

      Phone:  434/ 381-6443  

      Website:   http://www.sbc.edu

    • Annual Saturday program for all girls interested in the sciences, grades 6-9.


      University of Virginia - Saturday Enrichment Programs - Curry School of Education

      P. O. 400264

      405 Emmet St. South

      Charlottesville, VA   22904-4264

      Phone:  434/924-3182

      Website:  http://www.teach.virginia.edu/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=713

  • PROMYS is a six-week summer program at Boston University designed to encourage motivated high school students to explore the creative world of mathematics in a supportive community of peers, counselors, research mathematicians, and visiting scientists.Merit based scholarships available.


    Calvin College Entrada Scholars Summer Program

    3201 Burton SE

    Grand Rapids, MI, 49546

    Phone:  1-800-688-0122
    Website:  www.calvin.edu/enstrada

  • Program is designed especially for minority high school juniors and seniors.Entrada scholars take a 3 or 4 credit hour course along with Calvin College students and meet the same course requirements as the Calvin students.Scholars are assigned an academic coach, a trained teacher who attends classes with them in the morning and leads a study period (academic coaching session) with the scholars following the class. Academic coaches model and teach scholars how to be successful in their specific course and in college. Entrada scholars often do as well as or better in their courses than other Calvin students.Merit based scholarships available.


    Camp CATCE

    The Leonard A. Gereau Center for Applied Technology & Career Exploration

    150 Technology Dr.

    Rocky Mount, VA 24151

    Phone:  540/483-5446

    Website:  Franklin County Public Schools, Rocky Mount, VA http://www.frco.k12.va.us

  • Offers high school juniors and seniors 4 hours of college credit for a three-week academic course. Students may select either "From the Founding of Jamestown through the American Revolution," or "From the American Revolution through the American Civil War." Both courses are taught "on site" at the abundant museums and historic places in the Chesapeake region.


    The College of William & Mary

    Science Training & Research (STAR) Program

    Multicultural Affairs
    P.O. Box 8795
    Williamsburg, VA 23187-8795

    Phone:  (757) 221-2300

    Website:  http://www.wm.edu/multiculturalaffairsstarprogram.php

  • Pre-collegiate summer enrichment program for rising 11th grade students from disadvantaged backgrounds. Because such students are often unaware of the rich and varied opportunities available to them in the sciences this unique program is designed to introduce students to the world of science, research, and technology. Twenty-five students will be selected to participate in this 4-week residential program at The College of William and Mary.


    Delaware State University

    Girls Exploration in Mathematics and Science (GEMS)

    1200 N. Dupont Highway

    Dover, DE   19901

    Phone:  302/857-7869

    Website:  http://gems.desu.edu 

  • Three week summer enrichment program for girls who have completed Algebra II and Biology; Designed to stimulate and extend the students’ interest in mathematics, biology, and information technology.Participates investigate careers in these disciplines; hands-on experimentation, extensive use of technology, group research projects.


    Educational Tours International

    EF Global Citizen Awards

    EF Center Boston
    One Education Street
    Cambridge, MA 02141-1883

    Phone:  1-800-665-5364

    Website:  www.eftours.com/globalcitizen

  • Open to high school girls; two weeks of fun and learning; two noncredit classes; live on campus with girls from all over the country, and enjoy a full program of extracurricular activities. Athletic clinics and outdoor program available.


    The Junior Statesman Foundation

    Admissions Director
    The Junior Statesmen Summer School
    400 South Camino Real, Suite 300
    San Mateo, California 94402
    Phone:  800-334-5353

    Website:  http://www.petersons.com/summerop/sites

  • Offers a rigorous academic challenge to outstanding high school students. The curriculum at all sessions includes an Advanced Placement course in U.S. government and politics, an honors course in speech communication, an exciting high-level political speakers program, and debates on current issues. Students at the Junior Statesmen Stanford Summer School may take AP Economics, Constitutional Law, or AP Comparative Government instead of AP American Government. Students at the Yale session may take Constitutional Law. Students at the Georgetown session may take U.S. Foreign Policy or Constitutional Law. Princeton University students may take AP U.S. History, AP Comparative Government, Political Philosophy, or U.S. Foreign Policy. Students entering ninth grade may participate in the Freshman Scholars program at Princeton and take AP U.S. Government and Public Speaking.


    Little Town Players

    931 Ashland Avenue

    P. O. Box 437

    Bedford, VA   24523

    Phone:  540/586-5881

    Website:  www.littletownplayers.com

    • Local summer theater program for children grades three-twelve.Children in this program will develop performance skills on stage as they rehearse for a hilarious show at the end of the camp.  There will also be a limited amount of “behind the scenes” training involved. Children must be able to attend all the days of the camp and performances.


      Marti Spanish Academy Immersion Experience

      ATTN: Jacqueline Gottstein
      PO Box 2524
      Roanoke, VA 24010

      Phone: 540-761-4756


  • Regional summer program for gifted students in middle school, tuition $110


    Camp Friendship

    P. O. Box 145

    Palmyra, VA  22963

    Phone: 1-800-873-3223, 434-589-8950


  • Features 80-horse equestrian center, 18-hole golf course, lakes for fishing, canoeing, and kayaking, swimming pools, tennis courts, gymnastics center, rifle and archery ranges, sports fields, a low and high ropes course, drama and arts studios, 2 1/2 miles of river frontage on the Rivanna River for tubing and canoeing boys and girls, ages 6-16; also has a camp for families wishing to vacation outdoors.


    Camp Horizons

    3586 Horizons Way, Harrisonburg, VA 22802
    Phone: (800) 729-9230 or (540) 896-7600

    Website:  www.camphorizonsva.com

  • Residential co-ed camp - Campers stay in cabins, grades 1-11.Several programs offered including sports, arts and crafts, nature, aquatics, horseback riding, performing arts, caving, rock climbing, mountain biking, river tubing, western horseback riding lessons, golf lessons, SCUBA diving, hang gliding and more.


    Camp Treehouse – Carlion Hospice Services

    Roanoke location                Bedford Location

    1917 Franklin Road, Suite B 815 Summit St.

    Roanoke, VA 24014 Bedford, VA   24523
    Phone:  540-224-4753 (Roanoke)540-587-6592 (Bedford)

    Website:  www.carillion.com

  • Spring weekend camping experience; ages 6 - 17 who have had a loved one die. A one-day, fall camp is also held each year.The camp provides a caring, safe environment where children are free to explore their feelings and concerns. Children learn that grief is not a process of forgetting, but remembering with less pain.Parent(s) or guardian(s) are encouraged to attend with their child.






    Carnegie Mellon Summer Pre-College Programs

    Pre-College Programs
    Office of Admission
    Carnegie Mellon University
    5000 Forbes Avenue
    Pittsburgh, PA 15213-3890

    Phone:  412-268-2082

    Website:  www.cmu.edu/enrollment/pre-college

  • Pre-college program for high school juniors and seniors; Explore architecture, art, design, drama, music or the National High School Game Academy to prepare yourself for study at the college level. Through our Advanced Placement/Early Action program, you can take two challenging college courses in order to gain advancedplacement and get a head start in college.


    Catawba College

    Cat-U Girls Basketball Team Camp

    Angie Morton, Director

    2300 West Innes St.

    Salisbury, NC  28144

    Phone:  704/637-4471

    Website:  http://gocatawbaindians.athleticsite.com

  • Individual summer camps for ages 12-17.


    Center for Economic Education at Lynchburg College

    Cheryl Ayers, Director for  the Center of Economic Education

    Phone:  434/544-8791 or Shirley Deen at 434/525-7899

    Website:  http://www.lynchburg.edu/x9603.xml

    • Blue KIWI(Kids in the Workforce Institute) Entrepreneurship Camp (Day Program), Ages 8-12 and Grow One residential program – seventh graders
    • Classroom activities include economic principles, entrepreneurship concepts, life and citizenship skills, field trip to Putt-Putt golf, meet owner of the Hillcats, ropes course, & community service activity.


      The College of William and Mary - The Center for Gifted Education

      P.O. Box 8795, 427 Scotland Street

      Williamsburg, VA   23187-8795

      Phone:  757/221-2458 or 757/221-2351

      Website:  http://cfge.wm.edu

    • Summer Enrichment Program - offers enrichment courses and opportunities for gifted students entering preschool through grade 10.


      The College of William & Mary

      Pre-Collegiate Summer Program in Early American History

      Williamsburg, VA

      Phone:  757/221-7652

      Website:  www.wm.edu/niahd

  • International travel for students and teachers; Awards annually twelve ten-day, all expenses paid European tours through an essay contest.


    ExxonMobile Bernard Harris Foundation Summer Science Camp

    Program at the University of Virginia

    School of Engineering & Applied Science

    351 McCormick Rd.,

    D-111Thornton, P. O. Box 400255

    Charlottesville, VA   22904-4266

    Phone:  434/924-0604

    Website:  http://www.theharrisfoundation.org

  • The ExxonMobil Bernard Harris Summer Science Camp (BHSSC) is a two-week academic, residential program emphasizing students’ mathematics/science skills, introducing them to college life, and stimulating their interest in science and engineering as a potential career path.The program provides activities, experiments, projects, and field experiences to enrich students’ mathematics, science, technology, and communication skills.Each day, campers will attend classes that include problem solving, study, research, writing and communication skills incorporated with biology, chemistry, physics, design concepts, and field excursions. Certified classroom teachers and university faculty will teach the classesStudents apply and are selected from the pool of applicants.If selected tuition, room and board, and other expenses are paid by the organization.


    Ferrum College, FCSEC

    Chip Phillips, Director of Summer Programs

    Ferrum College

    Ferrum, VA. 24088-9001 

    Phone:  1-800/868-9797

    Website:  http://www.ferrum.edu/fcsec

    • Summer Enrichment Camp – Residential program for academically motivated students currently in grades five, six or seven; offers academic interests, campus life, and traditional summer-camp fun.


      Hollins University

      Hollinsummer Program
      P.O. Box 9707
      Roanoke, VA 24020-1707
      Phone:  (800) 456-9595

      Website:  http://www.hollins.edu/specprog/hollinsummer/holsum.htm

  • Two-week summer residential program for high school students;small 15-student classes taught by University of Michigan professors;Courses offered include Literature,Astronomy; Chemistry; Ecology and Evolutionary Biology; Geological Sciences; Mathematics; Molecular, Cellular and Developmental Biology; Physics; Program in the Environment; and Statistics.


    Mill Mountain Zoo

    P. O. Box 13484
    Roanoke, Virginia 24034

    Phone:  540/343-3241

    Website: http://www.mmzoo.org/

  • Summer day program designed for students ages 4 -11.Age restrictions will be strictly enforced to ensure quality programming.All camps are outdoors and go rain or shine so students must dress appropriately.Tennis shoes are best.No flip flops, sandals, or crocs please!In most sessions, campers are asked to bring a lunch.The zoo will provide water and juice.Registration is required one full week prior to the start date of the camp, and reservations are made only with full payment. No refunds are given unless the zoo cancels camp.Space in all camps is limited.


    Monticello High School

    1400 Independence Way

    Charlottesville, VA 22902

    Website: http://schoolcenter.k12albemarle.org/education/dept/dept.php?sectiondetailid=8000

  • Information about summer enrichment programs for high school students can be found at this link.Every discipline imaginable will be found here.Both instate and out of state program are included.Visitors will be on the school’s website.The link is part of the gifted services offered by Monticello High School.


    National Youth Science Camp (NYSC)

    The National Youth Science Foundation
    PO Box 3387
    Charleston, WV 25333-3387

     Phone: (304) 342-3326

    Website:  http://www.nysc.org

  • Intense residential science education program for young scientists the summer after they graduate from high school. In a rustic setting, students from around the country are challenged academically in exciting lectures and hands-on studies, and have many opportunities to push themselves physically in an extensive outdoor program, gain a new and deep appreciation for the great outdoors, and establish friendships that last a lifetime; Supported by the National Science Foundation 2008.


    North Cross School (Private School)

    4254 Colonial Avenue

    Roanoke, VA 

    Phone:  1-888/637-6641, 540/989-6641

    Website:   www.northcross.org

  • Features a variety of summer day programs from sports to jewelry making, ages 4-18.Program catalog may be

     secured online.


    Point of Honor

    112 Cabell Street
    Lynchburg, Virginia 24504

    Phone:  434/455/4424

    Website:  http://www.pointofhonor.org/

  • Week long summer day camp for students 9-12 years of age.Students will explore the history of Lynchburg at the Museum, Point of Honor, and go on a variety of field trips to city sites.


    Radford University

    Summer Bridge Program

    SBP Coordinator

    P.O. Box 6936

    Radford, VA 24142

    Phone:  540-831-6277

    Website: www.radford.edu/~bridge

  • Hosted by the College of Science and Technology; Sessions in Information Technology, Mathematics and Sciences summer residential program for rising female sophomores, juniors and seniors.

    Roanoke County Parks, Recreation, and Tourism

    Camp Roanoke

     6498 Dry Hollow Road

    Salem, VA  24153

    Greg Martin, Camp Roanoke Manager

    Phone: 540/387-6114

    Website:  www.camproanoke.com

  • Adventure based residential camp operated by Roanoke County's department of Parks, Recreation and Tourism. Offers a wide variety of Summer Camps for children ages 5-17, as well as Challenge Course programs, Adventure and Environmental outdoor programs for all ages.


    Southside Electric Cooperative

    Rural Electric Washington Youth Tour Contest 2008

    2000WV Ave.

    Crewe, VA  23930

    Phone: 1-800/552-2116

    Website:  http://www.sec.coop/WWW/SECWebsite.nsf/Home?OpenForm

  • For high school juniors; Annual essay contest; Four winners – all expense paid trip to Washington, D. C.Students spend an entire day on Capitol Hill visiting with your individual congressman; in his/her chamber and, possibly, sit in on various committee meetings. Meet and visit Virginia’s Senators, tour the Capitol and visit historical monuments.


    Smith Mountain Lake State Park Environmental Education Outreach Programs

    Department of Conservation and Recreation
    Virginia State Parks

    1235 State Park Rd, Huddleston, VA

    (540) 297-5998

    Contact via email:  Lauri.Schular@dcr.virginia.gov

  • Programs include family canoe trips, insect detectives, junior ranger, age 7 and up.


    Summer Institute for the Gifted
    River Plaza
    9 West Broad Street
    Stamford, CT 06902-3788

    Phone:  866/303-4744

    Website:  www.giftedstudy.com

  • Web-based resources for the gifted including summer residential programs at Amherst College, Bryn Mawr College, Emory University, UCLA, UC Berkeley, University of Michigan, Vassar College, Princeton University, University of Texas at Austin.


    Sweet Briar College
    Sweet Briar, VA 24595

    Phone:  434/ 381-6443  

    Website:   http://www.sbc.edu/president/kidsincollege.html

  • Co-Educational - Kids in College Summer enrichment day program, grades 3-8; exploration into topics in the arts and sciences.


United States Military Academy

West Point Summer Leaders Seminar

USMA Admissions

Building 606

West Point, NY   10996

Phone:  845/938-4041

Website:  http://admissions.usma.edu/MoreInfo/summer.cfm

  • Program specifically for academically gifted high school juniors going into their senior year;week long program of academic workshops, military training, physical fitness training and intramural athletics. Eight hundred participating students are led and supervised by West Point cadets.


    University of Virginia

    P. O. Box 400264, 405 Emmet Street South

    Charlottesville, VA   22904-4264

    Phone:  434/924-3182

    Website:  http://www.teach.virginia.edu/go/enrich/

    • Summer Enrichment Program – national two-week residential summer program for gifted student, grades 5-12, from late June through early August.Apply by February 15. Tuition, room & board $1000.00, Financial Aid available. The University of Virginia is a national research center for gifted education.


      University of Virginia

      Program & Activities for Kids

      P. O. 400264

      405 Emmet St. South

      Charlottesville, VA   22904-4264

      Phone:   Individual telephone numbers for the programs are on website

      Website:  http://www.virginia.edu/uvakids/programs

  • Many day and residential camps and programs for all ages and in all disciplines including sports, arts, writing, music, engineering, history, and many others; Site also has online activities


    VA State Parks Youth Conservation Corps

    VSP Director of Volunteer and Alternative Resources
    Leesylvania State Park
    2002 Daniel Ludwig Drive
    Woodbridge VA 22191
    Phone: (703) 583-5497

    Website: http://www.dcr.virginia.gov/state_parks/ycc.shtml

    Day, weekend, and three week residential programs; Particularly for youth, ages 14-17, who have a strong background in environmental education but may include those from diverse backgrounds who have not experienced a park setting.  The non-residential program is specifically for at-risk youth.  Crews work on conservation projects.  Outdoor activities such as rock climbing, kayaking, canoeing and interpretive hikes are           part of the weekend program


    Virginia Department of Cooperative Extension

    Bedford County/City Extension Office

    122 East Main Street

    Suite 102

    Bedford, VA

    Nicole A LaNore, Associate Extension Agent

    Phone:  540/586-7675

    Website:  http://offices.ext.vt.edu/view.cfm?webname=bedford

  • Residental and day summer band camp for musical growth of students in grades 7-12.Spaces limited; Students will take part in various ensembles of like instruments, Concert Band, Jazz Band, Small Ensembles, and other leadership activities.Participants will put their performing skills to use in a final program consisting of various ensembles: Flute, Clarinet, Saxophone, French horn, Trumpet, Trombone, Tuba, and Percussion choirs as well as final performances in Jazz Ensemble, and Concert Band.


    Virginia Tech


    Sciences (and more arts)

  • Joint program of Virginia Tech, Virginia State University, and U.S. Department of Agriculture, Provides educational and recreational opportunities for all ages including all ages includingBedford/Franklin Jr. 4-H Camp for children of ages 9-14; 2008 tuition $195/camper


    Virginia Department of Education

    Donna Poland, Virginia Governor’s School Programs

    Office of Secondary Instructional Services

    P.O. Box 2120

    Richmond, VA 23218-2120,

    Phone:  800-292-3820,

    Website: http://www.pen.k12.va.us

    • Summer Residential Governor’s Schools - provide gifted high school juniors and seniors with intensive educational experiences in visual and performing arts; humanities; mathematics, science, and technology; medicine and life science; or through mentorships in marine science or engineering – grades 11 & 12, Free of charge.
    • Piedmont Regional Governor’s School - Day program with opportunities in the arts, sciences, and humanities – grades 4-7. Free of charge.
    • Participants for both programs are selected through an application process facilitated through Bedford County Public Schools.


      Wildernest Adventure at Eagle Landing

       P.O. Box 760
      New Castle, VA 24127
      Phone:  800.782.0779 / 540.864.6792

      Website:  http://www.eagle-landing.com

  • Outdoor wilderness adventure camps for ages 8-18 focusing on developing leadership, confidence, and teamwork, 1-4 weeks.


    Wintergreen Resort

    Route 664

    Wintergreen, VA   22958

    Phone:  434-325-8180

    Website:  www.wintergreenresort.com

  • iD Tech CampFor ages 7-17 - Weeklong day and overnight technology programs are customized for beginner through advanced skill sets. Students may register for one or several weeks (one course per week) in summer camps including Video Game Creation, 3D Modeling, Video Editing, Programming, Robotics, Flash® Animation, and specialty teen programs like the ID Gaming Academy and Documentary Filmmaking in Spain. Click here for more info about the company.
  • All-Arts & Sciences Camp(336) 256-CALL, (866) 334-CALL, info@calldcl.com.The All-Arts & Sciences Camp, sponsored by UNCG's Division of Continual Learning, is a week-long, residential summer camp for children ages 7-15. Designed to give quality instruction in the arts and sciences, the camp also includes recreation, values exploration, and citizenship components. Campers get to explore the things that interest them, hang out with some new friends, relax and play sports and other games, and stay on a college campus for an entire week. Counselors, instructors, nurses and directors are available 24 hours a day. The camps are designed to give quality instruction in the performing, visual and literary arts as well as physical and behavioral sciences. The week-long adventure also includes recreation, values exploration, and citizenship. There are a total of 40 courses available, although not all are offered on the VT campus. Check the website for details.
  • Imagination 2006 Cory Brozina, Camp Director - (540) 231-364 or imagination.vt.edu Held on the Virginia Tech campus, this program is for rising 7th and 8th graders. Sessions will be held from July 10 to 14 and 17 to 21 from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m.
  • C-Tech (computers and technology at Virginia Tech) For rising 11th and 12th grade women currently enrolled in VA high schools. Hands-on activities will make engineering, math and science more exciting. C-Tech also provides participants w/ opportunities to learn about college life first hand, from living in the dorms to learning in the classrooms. Sponsored by VT Center for the Enhancement of Engineering Diversity.


    Youth Conservation Camp

    Peaks of Otter Soil and Water Conservation District

    7308 Hanover Green Drive, Suite 100

    Mechanicsville, Virginia 23111

    Phone:  804.559.0324

    Website:  http://www.vaswcd.org/youthcamp.htm

  • Week long summer conservation camp for Virginia high school students grades 9-12. On the campus of Virginia Tech.Through hands-on instruction (outdoors) students learn about Virginia's natural resources from conservation professionals and faculty from Virginia Tech.




The Parent Online Resource Directory is intended to serve all families, students, and employees of the school division.  It was initiated by the Bedford County Public Schools’ Parent Advisory for the Education of the Gifted, Bedford, VA.  It is intended to serve all families.  The committee consisted of Judy Whitehead, Kristina Herbst, Nicole Overstreet, Mary Beverly, and Linda Hurt.  August, 2008




Contact Information:   The Parent Online Resource Guide, created for all families, students, and employees, was crafted by Bedford County Public Schools’ Parent Advisory for the Education of the Gifted, Bedford, VA.  Committee members: Judy Whitehead, Chairperson, Kristina Herbst, Nicole Overstreet, Mary Beverly, and Linda Hurt.  


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