Opportunities For All Grades

UPDATED 2/17/2020


KEYSTONE BOYS STATE – An American Legion Scholarship Program

June 21st – June 27th @ Shippensburg University

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Keystone Boys State (KBS) is a week-long leadership development program that uses a state government simulation as the vehicle for instilling the principles of civic engagement, democracy, and patriotism in the students who attend.

For an application and more information email:

What is Keystone Girls State?

The American Legion Auxiliary Keystone Girls State program is an amazing, week long, simulated government immersive learning experience. America’s future leaders, now the high school girls become “citizens” and are assigned mock cities where they assume roles in the fictional “National” and “Federal” political parties, run for and hold offices that mirror their state’s elective offices. They learn from a dedicated group of volunteers, the fundamentals about the legislative process, the three branches of government, and parliamentary procedure. The high school girls that participate in this prestigious program learn life long lessons in leadership grounded in civility, teamwork, advocacy, consensus building, and respect. They have fun, and make lasting friendships. They leave enriched, using what they learn throughout their lives for the betterment of our country.


Due MAY 15, 2020


UPDATED 1/14/2020

Practical Nursing Program at Wellsboro

Attend one of our Information Sessions to learn more!

Tuesday, January 28 at 5:30 pm – Wellsboro

Penn College at Wellsboro
22 Walnut St

Wednesday, January 29 at 5:30 pm – Coudersport

Potter County Education Council
5 Water Street

Tuesday, March 3 at 5:30 – Wellsboro

Penn College at Wellsboro
22 Walnut St

Wednesday, March 4 at 5:30 pm – Coudersport

Potter County Education Council
5 Water Street

Learn how the Practical Nursing Program can help give you a great career boost! Classroom instruction in theory and nursing skills is provided by qualified nursing instructors. Affiliation with UPMC allows for clinical experiences at UPMC Wellsboro and UPMC Cole. Other local healthcare affiliates are also utilized.

This full-time clock hour program starts August 31, 2020 and will graduate August 29, 2021. Graduates earn a certificate in practical nursing.

Graduates find jobs in hospitals, long-term care facilities, home health agencies, private homes, physician offices, and other health-related offices and are eligible to sit for the NCLEX-PN exam for licensure (LPN).

This class is eligible for Pell Grants and Federal Loans!

For More Information, Contact:  Marie Van Ess
Penn College at Wellsboro (570) 724-7703

UPDATED 1/2/2020


Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences

In cooperation with the Commonwealth of Pennsylvania Department of Education and the PGSS Campaign, Inc. (alumni and friends of the PGSS)

Program Overview
The Pennsylvania Governor’s School for the Sciences (PGSS), an affiliate of the National Conference of Governor’s Schools, is a 5-week summer residential program for talented high school students of science and mathematics, which emphasizes cooperative learning and hands-on laboratory research. Hosted by the Mellon College of Science at Carnegie Mellon University, the PGSS offers an enrichment experience in science, technology, engineering and mathematics (STEM). The major goal of PGSS is to encourage young talent to pursue careers in STEM-related fields.

Academic program
The PGSS academic program has five components:
• Core courses – lecture-based courses in biology, chemistry, physics, mathematics and computer science constitute a common educational experience for all PGSS students.
• Laboratory courses – each student chooses a hands-on laboratory course in biology, chemistry, physics or computer science.
• Elective courses – each student may choose up to three additional courses on various topics in STEM-related fields (topics will vary depending on specific faculty interests).
• Team research project – each student chooses a research project, carried out cooperatively with a team of 5-6 students, under the direction of a faculty advisor.
• Guest lectures & panel discussions – invited presentations by experts in various STEM-related fields.

Faculty and facilities
The PGSS faculty are recruited primarily from Carnegie Mellon University, and from leading institutions in the surrounding area. The PGSS program of formal instruction and team research is conducted entirely on the Pittsburgh campus of Carnegie Mellon University.

When: June 28 – August 1, 2020
Where: Carnegie Mellon University, Pittsburgh, PA
Who may apply:
• Must be recognized by your school as a junior at the time of the application deadline.
• Must be a resident of Pennsylvania, attending a public, charter, cyber or non-public secondary school, or be homeschooled.

Selection process:
• Application form will be available online at the PGSS website (see URL below).
• Applicant must demonstrate excellence in academic achievement, as evidenced by transcript and standardized test scores.
• Applicant must demonstrate sustained interest and involvement in the sciences or mathematics both in and outside of the classroom, as evidenced by resume, essays and letters of recommendation.
• We hope to select up to 60 participants for this year’s PGSS class, chosen from the pool of qualified applicants, in order to represent each of Pennsylvania’s 29 Intermediate Units.

Cost and commitment:
Successful applicants receive a full scholarship to the PGSS program, which includes housing, meals, and all instructional materials. Families are responsible for cost of transportation to and from the program, personal items and spending money. Students must commit to being in residence on the Carnegie Mellon University campus for the duration of the program. Trips home during the program are not permitted.

Application deadline:   January 31, 2020

For further information, please visit our website:

UPDATED 12/10/2019


2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour

Tri-County Rural electric plans to sponsor up to 12 students from the co-op’s service territory on an all-expense paid trip to the nation’s capital this summer.   If you are a high school junior who enjoys sightseeing, history, politics and making new friends, then this trip may be for you.

The selected students will have the opportunity to explore Washington, D.C., with a group of their peers from across the country during the 2020 Rural Electric Youth Tour, a six-day excursion that mixes fun and education.

During the tour, which takes place June 21-26, participants will have the opportunity to explore Washington’s historic sites, visit the Smithsonian, make friends with Youth Tour students from throughout the United States, meet with federal legislators, and learn about electric co-ops and the cooperative movement.

Students selected to represent Tri-County as Youth Tour delegates will also receive a guided tour of the Gettysburg Battlefield Saturday, June 20, before joining their fellow Youth Tour representatives from Pennsylvania at nearby Adams Electric Cooperative the following day.   from Adams Electric, the students travel by coach to the Hyatt Regency Crystal City in Arlington, VA., where they will stay for their Youth Tour adventure.

The Youth Tour is expected to draw more than 1,800 students to Washington, D.C., for the week, If your are interested in being one of them, here’s what you need to know:

Rules for 2020 Rural Electric Tour
1.  Contest is open to any high school junior (2019-20) school year) whose parents or legal guardians are members of Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative or who reside in a school district located within the co-op’s territorial boundaries.
2.  Write an essay based on the following:  If chosen as a Youth Tour delegate, you will be traveling to Washington, D.C., to experience and learn about America’s rich history.  Think about a significant event in American history and write about what life in America would be like if that event never happened
3.  Your essay must be typed.
4.  Complete the application on the following page and staple it to your essay.   Also be sure to include a wallet-sized photograph of yourself.  Mail to: Tri-County Rural Electric Cooperative, Attn:  Bryan Berguson, P.O. Box 526, Mansfield, PA  16933.
5.  Entries must be received in the Mansfield office by 4:00 p.m., Friday, January 31, 2020, or postmarked by Tuesday, January 28, 2020.
6.  Those selected as Tri-County’s Youth Tour delegates will be notified by March 1, 2020.  Youth Tour delegates will be eligible for special scholarship opportunities, and the top-scoring delegate will compete with other candidates from Pennsylvania
co-ops for the chance to represent the state at the National Rural Electric Cooperative Association’s 2021 Annual Meeting.
7.  The decision of the judges is final.

For more information about the Youth Tour and agenda, call Tri-County’s Mansfield office at (570) 662-2175 or 800-343-2559, see your high school guidance counselor or browse our website at tri-countyrec.com.

UPDATED 11/15/2019

Spend the Night with the Corps

The Spend the Night program is the best way to see if the Corps of Cadets is right for you.

This is an overnight experience that gives you the opportunity to shadow a host cadet and see a day in his or her life. We try to match you with a cadet based on your Military-Leader or Citizen-Leader Track interest.

Step 1: On Virginia Tech Admissions’ college/departmental information session page or below, choose one of the following Spend the Night dates and register:

Spring 2020 (Registration will open Jan. 6)

  • Thursday, Feb. 20, 2020
  • Thursday, April 2, 2020 (Cutchins Lecture featuring Col. Lee Ellis)
  • Monday, April 6, 2020
  • Thursday, April 9, 2020
  • Monday, April 13, 2020
  • Thursday, April 16, 2020

Step 2: On Day 2, after spending the night, you may want to participate in the information sessions offered by Virginia Tech Admissionsyour college’s information session for your desired major, and a campus tour (you must sign up separately for these activities). You can also individually arrange with your host cadet to attend an academic class on campus after check out at 8:30 a.m. If you are interested in ROTC, we also recommend meeting with the ROTC program you are interested in on Day 2.


Air Force ROTC

Naval ROTC

Interested students can register on our website: http://vtcc.vt.edu/join/visitcampus.html

UPDATED 11/14/2019




THIS ONE-OF-A-KIND SCHOLARSHIP may be used at any accredited American University

Open exclusively to students in the 11th grade

About the Coolidge Scholarship

The 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. The Coolidge may be used by recipients at any accredited American college or university. Anyone of any background, pursuing any academic discipline of study, may apply to this non-partisan, need-blind, program.

Students apply for the Coolidge Scholarship during their junior year of high school. Finalists are flown in for a finalist weekend at the Coolidge Historic Site in Plymouth Notch, Vermont where they interview with the Coolidge Scholars Finalist Jury. Recipients of the Coolidge Scholarship are notified of their award late in their junior year, before college application (note: current high school seniors are not eligible to apply). Finalists who are not named Coolidge Scholars are eligible to receive a smaller, one-time, college scholarship.

Calvin Coolidge worked hard in academics; the young New Englander’s only sport was public speaking, often on public policy. The main criterion that distinguishes Coolidge Scholars therefore is academic excellence. Secondary criteria include: demonstrated interest in public policy; an appreciation for the values Coolidge championed; as well as humility and service.

The summer before their senior year of high school, newly-selected Coolidge Scholars spend several orientation days at the picturesque birthplace of the President, Plymouth Notch, Vt. There scholars get to know Coolidge and his world, and help the Coolidge Foundation oversee its formidable debate programs. Scholars return to Plymouth Notch for a week in each of the next three summers.

The top Coolidge applicants are named “Coolidge Senators.” In the summer, the Coolidge Foundation invites Coolidge Senators to the Senators Summit in Washington, D.C.  At the Summit, the Senators explore the nation’s capital, learn about President Coolidge, and meet other high achieving students from across the country.

The Coolidge Scholars Program is operated by the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation.


Primary Criterion: Academic Excellence

Above all, Coolidge scholars must possess a distinguished academic record. Competitive candidates will have pursued and succeeded in the most rigorous course of study available to them. Awardees will demonstrate an uncommon academic depth and intellectual curiosity. In the case of the Coolidge Scholarship, depth matters as much as breadth. Coolidge winners’ interest in scholarly and intellectual pursuits goes beyond the classroom. Mere credential collection is not a defining trait of a Coolidge Scholar. Jonas Salk, the father of the polio vaccine, provides a good example. Salk so excelled in school that he skipped grades. However, he was also intellectually curious, writing: “As a child I was not interested in science. I was merely interested in things human.”

Secondary Criterion: Interest in Public Policy and Appreciation for Coolidge Values

From his boyhood days in Plymouth Notch through his years in the White House, Coolidge studied public policy. This scholarship therefore seeks young citizens who exhibit an interest in policy. Candidates also should demonstrate an awareness of and appreciation for the values President Coolidge championed throughout his life. Some such values include: civility, respect for enterprise, government thrift, federalism, and respect for constitutional government. The award is not restricted to candidates planning to pursue degrees in fields such as public policy or government. To the contrary, all academic disciplines are valued by this award. Like the president, Coolidge Scholars will engage in the pressing issues of their time. Like Coolidge, Coolidge Scholars are at all times civil, valuing respectful debate over partisan attack.

Secondary Criterion: Humility and Service

Humility is a hallmark quality of leaders in the Coolidge tradition. In his autobiography, Coolidge wrote: “It is a great advantage to a President, and a major source of safety to the country, for him to know that he is not a great man.” The Coolidge Scholarship seeks young people who display a sense of service and care for the well-being of others.

Other prizes are awarded to young people for accumulating leadership credentials in high school. This prize focuses rather on high school achievement that gives young people the potential to lead later in life. A young person who tends to work alone, but demonstrates potential to conduct breakthrough research, for example, is a strong candidate. Introverts can win this prize.

The Coolidge Scholarship is non-partisan and is awarded on merit regardless of race, gender, or background.


October 2019: Application opens for the 2020 Coolidge Scholarship. Note: only current high school juniors (i.e. students who intend to enroll in college full-time for the first time in fall of 2021) are eligible to apply.

January 2020 (specific date and time TBD):  Application deadline. Applications and letters of recommendation must be received by this deadline in order to be considered. (Please note the time zone)

Spring 2020: All applicants will be notified by June 1, 2020 whether they have been named a finalist. Applicants who are named finalists will be contacted directly by phone and invited to Finalist Interview Weekend, which takes place in Woodstock, Vermont and historic Plymouth Notch, Vermont. The Coolidge Foundation will cover the travel and lodging costs for finalists and one parent to attend Finalist Weekend.

Summer 2020: Newly selected Coolidge Scholars will spend an orientation week at the Coolidge Foundation in Plymouth Notch, Vermont.

All applications must be completed online and submitted by 5:00 p.m. Eastern Standard Time, Thursday, January 16, 2020.

Apply online at:  coolidgescholars.org

UPDATED 10/25/2019

JOB FAIR at Ski Sawmill

November 2, 2019
9:00 – 1:00 p.m.

Ski Sawmill has many full and part-time positions available for the upcoming ski season, and has flexible hours, and great benefits like “free” skiing for the upcoming season.   Positions include:  Lift operators, Ski/SB instructors, Kitchen, Coffee Shop, Snowmakers, Rental shop, and more!

For more information call (570) 353-7521

UPDATED 10/22/2019

2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge

Last year, PennDOT spent nearly $13 million cleaning up roadside litter across Pennsylvania.  In addition, nearly 5,000 volunteers spend countless hours participating in the Adopt-A-Highway program each year.  These dollars and volunteer hours could have otherwise been spent on delivering a better transportation network and making Pennsylvania a better state in which to live.

Your Challenge: Aside from laws, programs and educational campaigns, what cost-effective, innovative solution can be developed in the next five to 10 years to help PennDOT more efficiently, effectively and safely control litter along roadways?

Your Award: The statewide winning team will be chosen from among regional winning teams across the state. Each PennDOT regional office’s winning team members will receive certificates. The regional winners will be invited to Harrisburg to present their innovative solutions in front of the PennDOT Secretary and a panel of judges. The statewide winning team will receive certificates as well as a traveling trophy and permanent trophy engraved with the school’s name.

The Pennsylvania Chapter of the American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) and the Keep Pennsylvania Beautiful (KPB) organization are providing a combined total award of $3,000 to be divided among the first, second and third place statewide winning teams.

Think you have an innovative solution? Give the PennDOT Innovations Challenge your best effort!

Project & Submission Guidelines

Students must work together in teams (minimum of two up to a maximum of four individuals) to develop their innovative solution that addresses the identified challenge.

To enter the challenge, teams must complete the 2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge Submission Form, which includes attaching a description of no more than 750 words outlining the innovative solution, its benefits, estimated implementation costs and a funding strategy. Note: Each team must identify a faculty adviser who will need to submit the form on the team’s behalf.

The submissions will be reviewed by regional PennDOT offices and up to five team finalists will be invited to present their solutions in person at a PennDOT regional office depending on where their school district is located.

Note: If your team is selected as a regional finalist, a PowerPoint presentation (or similar presentation software), consisting of no more than 15 slides must be created. Presentations must be no longer than 15 minutes. In addition, models, diagrams, videos, and other visual aids or supporting materials can be used as part of your presentation to demonstrate your team’s innovative solution to the PennDOT regional office judges.

Winners will be selected from PennDOT regional offices; regional winners will move on to compete in Harrisburg as part of the statewide competition where one statewide winner will be selected.

The challenge is open to Pennsylvania high school freshmen, sophomores, juniors, and seniors in public, private or charter schools, and homeschooled students.

Note: PennDOT employees and their family members (siblings, children, grandchildren, nieces and nephews) are ineligible to enter.


Submissions must be received by PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations by 11:59 PM on December 20, 2019.

Process and Timeline

1. By December 20, 2019, at 11:59 PM, complete and submit the 2019-2020 PennDOT Innovations Challenge Submission Form to PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations.

2. By January 24, 2020, PennDOT regional offices will review initial submissions, select up to five finalists and invite them to the PennDOT regional office to present their innovative solutions to a panel of judges. Note: These presentations should be no longer than 15 minutes and include a PowerPoint (or similar presentation software), consisting of no more than 15 slides. Models, diagrams, videos, and other visual aids or supporting materials to demonstrate the team’s innovative solution can be used as part of your presentation to demonstrate the team’s innovative solution to the PennDOT regional office judges.

3. By February 28, 2020, PennDOT regional offices will select winners to travel to Harrisburg in April 2020 to present their innovative solution to the PennDOT Secretary and a panel of judges who will then select a statewide winner.

Criteria and Judging:

• Effectiveness – 10 points o Does the solution holistically address the challenge (safe litter pickup, recycling and disposal)? o Could the solution be used by PennDOT without substantial revisions? o Does the solution address a problem that can be solved with the technology that is available today or being discussed as possible within the next five to 10 years? o If applicable, does the solution include a proposal for continued operation (long-term maintenance) after implementation?

• Benefits to the Community – 10 points o Does the solution serve the community?  o Does the solution improve safety to the traveling public? o Could the solution be applied at the local government level? o Does the solution improve communications and/or interactions between PennDOT and the community?

• Cost Savings – 10 points  o Would the solution save Pennsylvania taxpayers money? o Does the solution demonstrate direct and/or indirect cost savings? o Are the cost savings sustainable; i.e. does this project save money in the short- or long-term?

• Innovation – 10 points o Does the solution introduce an original or advanced concept?  o Does the solution have potential to change the way people view and dispose of their litter? o Does the solution introduce a new or advanced product, business model, field, etc.?
• Presentation – 10 points o Were the presentation materials submitted completely? o Is the solution presented in a captivating manner?  o Is the solution presented with clarity and forethought? o Did the presenters discuss all aspects of the solution from formulation through execution? o Did the group members answer questions from the judges completely, logically, and personably?  o Did the solution’s brief write-up contain a clear, complete, and well-organized summary of the project?


For additional resources pertaining to roadside liter in Pennsylvania, visit PennDOT’s Roadside Beautification webpage.

Contact Information

For questions or more information, email PennDOT’s Bureau of Innovations at DOTInnovations@pa.gov.

UPDATED 10/11/2019

State Police Youth Week is sponsored by The American Legion Department of Pennsylvania and The Pennsylvania State Police

Program overview:

Cadets participate in a wide variety of instructional sessions with Local, State Police and Federal Law Enforcement Agencies.  You will learn how to work as a team and be taught self-esteem, as you will be the future Leaders of our state and nation.  There will be classes in Pennsylvania Vehicle and Crime Codes, forensic sciences, radar, riot control, tactical drug operation through the use of specially trained dogs, weapon firing, and other police related skills.  Recreational activities will be scheduled as time permits.  This is a six-day camp used to introduce students in all procedures of law enforcement.  Cadets march to their classes in platoon formation and have drill competition.  You should be physically fit and have a good academic record to be able to participate.  This is not a recreational camp.


Cadets, female or male student who has turned 15 yrs old by the start of camp & has not turned 18 yrs old by the end of camp. The Post or District Commander, or his/her representative will interview each cadet nominated to select candidates, and their alternates.  Cadets must be in good health, with no physical defects, and have an average or above standing in their class and of course express a personal interest in either law enforcement or military service.


Fee of $175 includes meals, water bottle, ball cap and (3) t-shirts.  This is paid by the sponsoring American Legion Post/Unit or other civic group.

This fee is non-refundable


This is the responsibility of the sponsoring group or the parent(s) of the student.

State Police Youth Week Brochure 2019

State Police Youth Week Application 2019