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OATAG Young Scholars Award 


Application for the 2015-2016 School Year

2014-2015 Winner: Agustin Montes

Agustin is a 5th Grader at Portland Public Schools ACCESS Academy

Three runners up were:
Adam Atman, an 8th grader from Eugene who attends Oregon Virtual Academy
co-runners-up Opal Primozich and Ukiah Halloran-Steiner
Read the Press Release

OATAG awards 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 for the winner and their parents/guardians 
Read the 2014 Winner, Daniel Wenger's account of his time at Southern Oregon University's Academy 2014 Camp for Pre-College Youths

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


MathPath offers students of middle school age who are extremely talented in mathematics the summer opportunity to learn and develop at a pace and to a depth that matches their abilities while also providing them the rich social and recreational experience of a residential summer program.

MathPath 2015 will take place from June 28th to July 26th at Lewis & Clark College in Portland, OR.

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Willamette University Youth Program

Are offered for pre-college youth grades 2-12 during summer, fall and spring terms, and spring break. Science, technology, and humanities classes are small-group, hands-on, experiences for the talented and gifted, and curious and creative.  For more information click on link in Links_of_Interest at right.
  • Saturday ExplorationsIs science, technology, foreign language, and creative writing enrichment classes for students in grades 5-8 and is offered in October and February.  Registration opens Sept 4!
  • Willamette Math Circles: Offers high school students a chance to explore advanced mathematical concepts with Willamette University professors.  Math Circle is offered during Fall and Spring terms.  Registration opens Sept 4!
  • Awesome Academic Adventure: Is four, one-week-long, thematic science, anthropology, and humanities camps for students entering grades 2 through 8. Taught by certified teachers, Awesome Academic Adventures is offered in July.
  • Summer Exploration: Is math, technology, foreign language, and creative writing enrichment classes for students entering grades 5-8 and is offered during June and August.
  • Spring Break Technology Camp: Includes robotics and computer programming enrichment classes for students in grades 4-8.

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 2105: June 29, to July 17 (No class on July 4th)
    • 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 2015: July 19 - August 1 and August 9 - August 22
    • The University of Oregon’s Summer Enrichment Program (SEP) attracts thousands of academically motivated middle and high school kids from around the world seeking educational challenge. Students participate in exceptional learning experiences and engage in meaningful social and recreational opportunities in a university environment. SEP is a remarkable place where students meet others with similar interests and talents; share their love of learning with others that value creativity and intelligence; and have lots of fun making new friends and memories that last a lifetime. All while experiencing first-hand what it’s like to become a student at the University of Oregon.

      Students live on campus in small living group of 12-14 others of the same gender and age. Each group is assigned a residential Adult and Junior Counselor. Our student-to-staff ratio of 10 to 1 allows us to address specific needs of each age group and every individual. Students spend time after classes relaxing with friends, shopping in local campus stores and participating in recreational indoor and outdoor activities. Evenings and weekends provide even more choices including: creative problem solving competitions, game night, visiting the local Saturday Market, a Costume Dance and more! Special events such as, talent shows, and comedy skits make for an amazing memorable experience.

    • Students attend six fun and challenging classes located throughout the campus during the two-week program. The classes offered cover a variety of subjects, including: advanced mathematics, science, law, visual arts, dance, theater, music, literature, engineering, history, technology, languages, cultural studies and creative writing (course topics vary annually). Curriculum is advanced early-high school to advanced early-college level in difficulty. Courses are challenging, hands-on, non-traditional and are not available in public schools. There are no exams or homework. Students are encouraged to develop interest in the material and create dialogue with peers in order to drive their learning.
  • Junior Counselor(JC) Leadership and College Readiness Program
    • Part of the Summer Enrichment program. Designed for high school juniors and seniors interested in developing skills in leadership, college preparation and applying for professional internships, SEP offers the Junior Counselor Leadership and College Readiness Program as part of the 2015 Summer Enrichment Program.

    • To be eligible, students must be under 18 and in grades 11 or 12 during the 2014–2015 school year. If you’re a junior or senior student interested in developing leadership skills, preparing for college, or applying for professional internships, we provide an opportunity to participate in SEP as a Junior Counselor (JC). During morning classes, JCs discover leadership tools that help enhance self-confidence, motivation, verbal communications, creative problem solving, and conflict resolution skills. JCs receive support and guidance with resume writing, interviewing, and applying to colleges. They also receive training in essay writing, time management and personal finance as well as how to apply for key related professional internships all while earning up to 130 community service project hours. The JC program is a fun and excellent way to experience the University of Oregon and to prepare for a successful college career.

Davidson Institute

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  • Davidson Young Scholars Application Available
    • The national Davidson Young Scholars program provides FREE support, information and resources to families of profoundly gifted students. Through an online community and annual event, Young Scholars have the opportunity to meet others with similar interests and abilities, and utilize their talents to maximize their educational potential and make a difference in the lives of others. Parents collaborate with a team of knowledgeable Family Consultants who provide individualized services based on each family’s unique needs, most often in the areas of educational advocacy and planning, social and emotional development, and enrichment opportunities. Read Young Scholar Success Stories ( about how the Young Scholars program has helped make a difference in the lives of these students. The Davidson Young Scholars application deadline is the first of each month. Please visit the website to learn more:

  • 2015 Davidson Fellows $50,000, $25,000 and $10,000 Scholarships
    • If you are a student who will be 18 or younger as of Oct. 1, 2015 and are working on a graduate-level project in any field of study, please consider applying for the 2015 Davidson Fellows scholarship. The Davidson Institute for Talent Development offers high-achieving young people across the country the opportunity to be named a 2015 Davidson Fellow, an honor accompanied by a $50,000, $25,000 or $10,000 scholarship in recognition of a significant piece of work in Science, Technology, Engineering, Mathematics, Music, Literature, Philosophy or Outside the Box. Applicants must submit an original piece of work recognized by experts in the field as significant and that has the potential to make a positive contribution to society. The scholarship may be used at any accredited college or university. The deadline to apply is Feb. 11, 2015. For additional information, please visit:

  • 2015 THINK Summer Institute – Three-Week Academic Residential Program
    • The Davidson Institute is seeking gifted teens who are interested in attending the 2015 THINK Summer Institute. THINK is a three-week residential summer program on the campus of the University of Nevada, Reno where students can earn up to six college credits by completing two university courses. The 2015 THINK Summer Institute will run from July 11 through Aug. 1. Tuition is $3,400 and covers course credits, books and materials, room and board and the cost of planned activities. Need-based scholarships are available. To qualify, students must be 13 to 16 years old during THINK and must meet or exceed composite SAT score of 1130 (excludes writing portion) or ACT score of 26. The application deadline is April 1, 2015. Due to limited space availability, it is strongly encouraged that applicants submit their application before the deadline. Homeschooled students are eligible to apply. To learn more about THINK, please visit:

  • The Davidson Academy of Nevada - Apply for 2015-2016 School Year
    • The Davidson Academy of Nevada, a free public day school for profoundly gifted pupils on the University of Nevada, Reno campus, is now accepting applications for the 2014-2015 school year. Unlike many traditional school settings, the Academy’s classes are not grouped by age-based grades, but by ability level, providing profoundly gifted young people an educational opportunity matched to their abilities, strengths and interests. To be eligible to attend The Davidson Academy, students must be at the middle or high school level across all subject areas and score in the 99.9th percentile on IQ or college entrance tests, such as the SAT or ACT. For admission details, please visit:

Applications are reviewed on a monthly basis with a final application deadline of April 1, 2015. Interested families can meet current students and parents, faculty and staff, network with others and ask questions at one of the Academy tours and information sessions. To view tour dates and RSVP, visit :


A 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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