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OATAG Young Scholars Award 

 

Nominations due to OATAG no later than 31 January 2014 


OATAG will award one outstanding Oregon student the OATAG Young Scholars Award.  The OATAG Young Scholars Award is designed to recognize excellence in young children.  The award, which includes a certificate and up to a $500 scholarship for a summer program, is awarded each school year. Potential award recipients are students in grades 4 through 8 who have achieved excellence in one of the following areas of endeavor:  leadership, visual/performing arts, or academic achievement.  A student may be recommended by a teacher, parent, or civic/religious leader.

Award Winners will receive:
  • Certificate and up to a $500.00 scholarship for a summer program
  • Complimentary OATAG Gold Membership for 1 Year
  • Complimentary admission to annual conference (October 18, 2014) for the winner and their parents/guardians  
Click here: OATAG Young Scholars Award for the application

Saturday Academy


A non-profit education organization located in Portland.  Their missionis to bring interested students in contact with professions through classes, camps and internships.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right or on the links below.
  • Classes and Camps
    • Class Listings
    • TAG Challenge Camp - "Saturday Academy's TAG camp designed to expand the knowledge and skills of academically and intellectually talented students.  The theme for the camp this year (2013) is "Change".  We will seek to understand and measure how change occurs over time or at different rates.  Join us as we ask questions, confront challenges, and seek solutions through Saturday Academy's hands-on learning experiences and interaction with your peers" (From Saturday Academy WEB Site)
      • Dates:
        • Entering grades 4 & 5: June 24-28 at Reed College
        • Entering grades 6-8: August 5-9 at University of Portland
    • College Preparation and Study Skills
    • Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program - "The Apprenticeships in Science and Engineering (ASE) Program matches bright, motivated high school students with professional scientist and engineers for eight-week, full-time summer internships.  Students assist mentors with research and other activities, learning first-hand about science and engineering careers in the process.  Interns attend two full-day conferences during the summer,gaining additional exposure to diverse careers in scientific and engineering fields, and developing skills that will serve them will in technical careers. (From Saturday Academy WEB Site) 

Oregon Statewide Spelling Championship

August 31, 2013 at the Oregon State Fair in Salem

The mission of the Oregon Spellers is to encourage, promote and recognize spelling excellence for the youth of the State of Oregon and to provide, in conjunction with the Oregon Department of Education (ODE), the Oregon Association for Talented and Gifted (OATAG) and individual supporters and contributors, an annual state-level championship.  For more information or to volunteer click on link in Links_of_Interest at right


Southern Oregon University - Academy 2014

A summer residential program for Talented and Highly able students

The ACADEMY program has long been recognized as an outstanding educational opportunity for students inter Pacific Northwest. Students selected for each residential session held on the Southern Oregon University campus in Ashland, interact with peers of similar abilities while being challenged by creative, imaginative instructors and activities.  Students also attend a play at the Oregon Shakespeare Festival.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right.

  • Session I: June 22-28
    Students completing grades 5 & 6 and Junior Counselors completing grades 10-12
  • Session II: June 22-28
    Students completing grades 7 & 8

University of Oregon Youth Enrichment and Gifted Programs

U of O offers programs year round for advanced learners and talented and gifted in grades K-12.  For more information click on link in Links of Interest at right or below.

  • Super Summer: June 24 to July 12
    A three week academic enrichment program for young advanced learners grades K-5.  "Classes are designed to challenge and stimulate students' learning while having FUN!  Classes for grades K-5 encourage critical thinking, creativity, and independent learning and are always hands-on."
  • Summer Enrichment Program 2013: July 7-20 and July 21-August 3
    "Participants can meet others with similar interest and talents; share their love of learning in an environment that values creativity and intelligence; and have lots of fun making new friends and memories that will last a lifetime."
    "During each two-week session, students live in university residence halls and attend six classes chosen form a slate of approximately 20 options (mathematics, science, social science, law, visual arts, dance, theater, music, literature, engineering, history, technology, languages, cultural studies and creative writing)
  • Junior Counselor (Leadership) Program
    Part of the Summer Enrichment program.  To be eligible, students must be under 18 and in grades 11 or 12 during the 2012-2013 school year.

Cogito

An award-winning online community and website for exceptional students from around the world who love science, technology, engineering and math.  Inspired and funded by the John Templeton Foundation, Cogito is a collaboration effort by the Johns Hopkins University Center for Talented Youth and eight partners - all highly renowned organizations that serve gifted youth.  
For more information click on link in Links of Interest at right.

Jack Kent Cooke Foundation

"The Jack Kent Cooke Foundation is a private, independent foundation dedicated to advancing the education of exceptionally promising students who have financial need. The Foundation supports exceptional students from elementary school to graduate school through scholarships, grants, direct service, and knowledge creation and dissemination." (All quotes from the Jack Kent Cooke web site)

Opportunities available through the Jack Kent Cooke Foundation:
  • Young Scholars Program - "This program offers the most personalized, generous scholarship and educational support to exceptionally promising students from across the nation who have financial need. Scholars receive comprehensive advising and financial support from the 8th grade through high school."  Application open until March 20, 2014.

  • College Scholarship Program - "This scholarship rewards excellence by supporting high-achieving high school seniors with financial need who seek to attend the nation's best four-year colleges and universities. Application period is from late-August to early-November."

Advantage Testing Foundation: Math Prize for Girls

The Advantage Testing Foundation sponsors an annual math competition for high-school girls, the largest monetary math prize for girls in the world. Our goal is to encourage young women with exceptional potential to become the mathematical and scientific leaders of tomorrow. 
Their 5th annual contest took place on Saturday, September 7, 2013 at MIT in Cambridge, Massachusetts. 276 girls from across the US and Canada competed for $49,000 in cash prizes. Danielle Wang, an 11th grader from California, won first prize. 

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