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Dear Counselors,

Thank you for helping us spread the word about Duke Summer Session’s enriching summer opportunities for high school students.  Please share the message below with your students, parents, and colleagues to let them know we are now accepting applications:

Dear Students,

At Duke Summer Session for High School Students , we believe that intellectual curiosity is a virtue that should be pursued relentlessly.  Each summer we provide high school students with the opportunity to engage more deeply with an academic topic than ever before.  Whether you are interested in becoming a Global Executive, Entrepreneur or Researcher, combating cyber-attacks, defending human rights, or predicting the future through mathematical modeling, our three-week Summer Academy courses are the opportunity of a lifetime!
Our one-week Accelerated STEM Academy will provide you a “behind-the-scenes” look at the research happening at Duke, give you a chance to do your own laboratory activities, and learn from renowned faculty from Duke’s School of Medicine!
Courses fill quickly, so apply online today and take a powerful step towards pursuing your intellectual passion and honing your global citizenship skills, while living and learning with students from around the world!
Yours in global academic pursuits (OR Yours in intellectual curiosity),
Nicki Charles, Ed.D

Dear High School Counselor,
Do you have a high school senior who is enrolling at The University of Southern Mississippi for the fall 2019 semester? We are offering a limited number of freshmen students the chance to join one of four communities in fall 2019. These communities – Academic Connections to Enhance Success (ACES) – give students the chance to:
  • Live with fellow freshmen with similar interests and backgrounds
  • Take a set of three classes together with these same students 
  • Gain skills in time management, study skills, and other important areas 
  • Benefit from additional mentoring from faculty and staff
For fall 2019, we are now taking applications for these four ACES living-learning communities:
  • Nursing/Health Sciences: Students who are interested in pursuing a nursing degree
  • Undeclared/Exploratory Studies: Students who have not declared a major
  • Biology: Students planning on majoring in a field in biology
  • Gen 1: Students who will be the first in their family to earn a four-year degree 

Do you have any students in mind that you think would benefit from our program? Please encourage your students to visit our website to learn more and apply. Please note that they will also need to apply for housing on campus as part of this opportunity, as on-campus residency is required. The final deadline to submit an ACES application is April 1, 2019. If you or your students have any questions, please contact the Office of New Student and Retention Programs at 601.266.6405.

Megan McCay, Ph.D.
Assistant Director for First Year Programs 
Office of New Student and Retention Programs 

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Thanks for taking time to speak with me this afternoon about the HPSD Foundation’s scholarship plans.  Attached is the announcement of the Holloway Scholarship Program for 2019.  As I mentioned, the Foundation would like to award a total of three (3) scholarships in the amount of $2,000.00 each to a 2019 HHS graduate.  The application deadline is now about three (3) weeks away, so I want to make sure the announcement gets out as soon as possible.

My plan is to have completed applications (essay, transcript, and letters of recommendation) turned in to the Principal’s Office no later than 4:00 p.m on March 26.  I’ll pick up the applications from HHS and deliver them to the Foundation’s Board for review.  If there’s a better way to handle the submissions, I’m certainly open to your recommendations.

I plan to announce this at the HPSD School Board meeting tomorrow (Tuesday) night and I’m excited to get the Foundation started on this scholarship path!

Please don’t hesitate to email me or call me at 601-467-7744 if you have any questions or suggestions.


Dan Kibodeaux
HPSD Foundation