College Board Opportunity Scholarships: Earn scholarship money while preparing for college.  Applying to college is a complicated process, so The College Board created a program that guides you through it. This scholarship program is open to all students and it doesn't require an essay, application, or minimum GPA. Instead, it rewards your effort and initiative.  Click here for more information and to follow the steps to qualify for these scholarships.


    NC Governor's School: The North Carolina Governor's School is a 5½-week summer residential program for gifted and talented high school students, integrating academic disciplines, the arts, and unique courses on each of two college campuses. The curriculum focuses on the exploration of the most recent ideas and concepts in each discipline, and does not involve credit, tests, or grades.  This is the nation’s oldest statewide summer residential program for gifted high school students. The program is open to rising seniors only, with exceptions made for rising juniors in selected performing/visual arts areas.  Download the student application and recommendation form to apply. Watch this informative video for more information, and check out the NC Governor's School website.  See Mrs. Rainwater for more information.


    TEEN COURT: Lincoln County has established "Teen Court" and is seeking responsible high school students to serve on the jury and possibly serve as "lawyers" or representatives to teens being referred to the Teen Court.  It is an incredible opportunity for anyone considering Law School or Criminal Justice in their future.  It will look great on applications.  The nice thing about this court system is that schools and law enforcement can refer students to this court and it will not go on their permanent record if they complete the actions assigned to them by the Teen Court.  The Court will meet monthly on a Tuesday evening at the Court House in Lincolnton.  To apply, download the application and informational handout and return to the address included on the application.  See your counselor for more information.


     Summer Ventures: Summer Ventures in Science and Mathematics is a 4 week enrichment program intended to stimulate student who demonstrate strong skills in the areas of science and math.  This program is open to sophomores and juniors only.  If you are interested, see your counselor to receive more information and application or check out the website at https://www.ncssm.edu/summerventures/admissions  Deadline to apply is January 15, 2022.


    Martha Guy Summer Institute: Juniors who are interested in a business major should check out the website for Appalachian State University-Martha Guy Institute.   https://marthaguy.appstate.edu/


    NCSSM Summer Accelerator Program: Summer Accelerator is offered at NCSSM's campus in Durham, Brevard College in western North Carolina, and Barton College in eastern NC. Accelerator courses for 10th - 12th graders are conducted over three weeks. The first two weeks of each course take place virtually, at the student's own pace. The third week of each course takes place on campus, either in Durham or Brevard, NC. Click here for more information and to apply online.  See Mrs. Rainwater for more information.


    Living Your Legacy Leadership Summit for Girls: Western Carolina University June 14-20

    This residential summit will help prepare girls for college, career, relationships, and living a healthy life. 

    Girls who attend the Summit will:  

    • Learn and practice new definitions of health, happiness, and success that lowers stress and builds confidence to be themselves no matter the challenge. 
    • Gain clarity around their passions and purpose and learn how to vision map and take powerful steps in reaching their college, career and life goals.
    • Practice decision making, conflict resolution and communication skills with peers and adults so they feel confident even when they’re upset and feel that things are not working.
    • Experience and grow their public speaking and presentation skills so they learn to speak from their heart and be less nervous.
    • Participate in empowering and fun activities like hiking, yoga, white water rafting, ropes course, self-expressive arts, and more.
    • Design and present a purposeful service project that sets them on a path for lifelong contribution.
    • Click here for more information and to apply online.


    Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program: Wake Forest University

    The Wake Forest Summer Immersion Program is a hands-on learning experience. Students dive deep into a field of study with access to world-class faculty, researchers, and industry professionals. Click here for more information and to apply online.


    Clemson University Summer Scholars Program: Educational, recreational, and cultural activities allow participants to experience some of the amazing opportunities Clemson University has to offer. Students will engage in hands-on, immersive courses in their field of choice taught by Clemson instructors during the day.  Afternoons include free time which can be spent exploring campus, attending a campus tour, or meeting a representative from Admissions or Calhoun Honors College.  Evenings feature many of the recreational activities Clemson students enjoy, including bowling at The Underground, swimming at Fike Recreation Center, and a cookout on the beach at beautiful Lake Hartwell. Participants stay in a residence hall and eat meals in a dining hall throughout the week to complete their on-campus experience. Current Clemson students serve as counselors to guide, mentor, and answer questions about life as a Tiger.Rising 7th-12th grade students up to age 17 will enjoy this one-week introduction to college subjects while being immersed in the culture of Clemson University.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    NC State SATELLITE (Science and Technology Enriching Lifelong Leadership in Tomorrow’s Endeavors) is an exciting five-day adventure at North Carolina State University for selected HIGH SCHOOL SOPHOMORES. During the program, SATELLITE scholars are exposed to a wide range of N.C. State's science and technology resources while exploring future educational and career opportunities in a variety of fields. Scholars also get a feel for the college experience--living in student dorms, attending lectures, hands-on laboratories, and interactive demonstrations led by faculty and staff, and participating in various cultural and enrichment activities.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    NC State STEP (Summer Textile Exploration Program): The Wilson College of Textiles Summer Textile Exploration Program (STEP) consists of five one-week sessions for rising high school seniors interested in learning about the textile industry, fashion, engineering, polymer science and business marketing. Up to 30-35 students per week are chosen based on their academic success, interest in NC State Wilson College of Textiles, and extracurricular activities.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    Duke University Youth Programs provides summer enrichment opportunities for academically motivated middle school and high school students in the areas of bioengineering, biological science, math, creative writing, academic writing, leadership, computer programming, and college selection/admissions.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    UNC Project Uplift:  A summer enrichment and college access program designed to promote and increase access to higher education for all outstanding students, especially those underrepresented in post-secondary education. Every year, during May and June, approximately 1,000 high school seniors participate in one of four separate Project Uplift sessions. During this two-day experience, Project Uplift participants live on Carolina’s campus, interacting with faculty, staff and current students, participating in educational, cultural and social activities. Project Uplift Scholars have the opportunity to immerse themselves in college life and experience the academic rigor and social climate of a four-year institution.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    UNCC STEM Pre-College Program: The Center for Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics (STEM) Education offers STEM Pre-College Program at UNC Charlotte. The goal of the STEM Pre-College Program is to broaden the pool of students pursuing mathematics, science, and engineering majors and careers. Click here for more information and to apply online.


    UNC Wilmington Marine Quest: UNCW offers many summer programs for high school students interested in Marine Biology and other science fields.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    University of Georgia VetCAMP (Veterinary Career Aptitude and Mentoring Program) is a week-long, on-campus summer program for high school students. At VetCAMP, students experience veterinary medicine – and will be involved in activities aimed at evaluating their skills and competitiveness as future veterinarians. The week is filled with visits and hand-on learning at our veterinary teaching hospital, diagnostic labs, and the Poultry Diagnostic and Research Center — and highlighted by a behind-the-scenes tour of the Georgia Aquarium. In addition, VetCampers learn about what vet school is all about – from admissions to classes to study abroad opportunities, to the wide variety of career paths veterinary medicine has to offer!  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    Coolidge Scholarship is an annually awarded, full-ride, presidential scholarship that covers a student’s tuition, room, board, and expenses for four years of undergraduate study.  This one-of-a-kind scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university in the U.S.  Students apply in their junior year.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    Questbridge College Prep Scholars: Academically outstanding high school juniors from families earning less than $65,000/year for a family of four are eligible to apply for this program.  Receive valuable resources and opportunities from partner colleges.  Click here for more information and to apply online.


    U.S. Senate Youth Program

    Qualified junior or senior high school students applying for this opportunity must show demonstrated leadership through public service in elected or appointed positions where they are actively representing a constituency in organizations that relate to government, public affairs, history and / or community service. Qualifying students MUST show an active history of serving and representing their peers and working in service of others.  Each student must be actively serving in a qualified leadership position, enrolled in high school, and living the entire school year in the state they will represent.  The two student delegate winners selected by a committee at the state level will represent their state in an intensive educational program during a week-long experience in Washington D.C.  Each of the two winning delegates will also be awarded a $10,000 undergraduate college Scholarship with encouragement to pursue coursework in history and political science.  https://senateyouthnc.webs.com/ 


    Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership

    Founded in 1958, HOBY’s mission is to inspire and develop our global community of youth and volunteers to a life dedicated to leadership, service and innovation. This is a summer leadership opportunity available to current 10th graders. Nomination packets will be available in guidance for interested students. WLHS is able to nominate and send 1 student. For more information, visit http://www.hoby.org/about/what-is-hoby . See Mrs. Lytton for more information.


    C-CATS - Clemson's Challenge for Academically Talented Students

    C-CATS is a program designed specifically to introduce high-achieving 9th & 10th grade students to Clemson University through exciting weekend adventures that engage them in the academic, social, and recreational opportunities offered at Clemson.  You must be nominated by your counselor to attend.  See your counselor in the guidance office for more information.


    UNCC Leadership Journey Learning Community

    Accepted students may want to explore the following website:



     Career and College Promise

    Gaston College has partnered with Lincoln County Schools to provide tuition free college and vocational coursework for juniors and seniors. Students may take courses online from school or home. Some courses are taught face to face at the Lincoln County School of Technology or on the Dallas or Lincolnton Campus of Gaston College. See Mrs. Darling for more information.

    If seniors have completed 15 CCP credits OR one pathway, plus have a 3.25 unweighted high school GPA and 2.0 college GPA, then they will receive a full-scholarship to Gaston to complete their AA or AS degree(tuition only). This is a wonderful opportunity! Try to start these credits as an 11th grader to make this requirement attainable. Click here for more details about the Gaston Promise scholarship. See Mrs. Rainwater for more information.

    CCP presentation created by Gaston College (this is a great resource with information on the CCP program)

    http://www.gaston.edu/career-college-promise/ (Gaston's CCP website)