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Summer Learning Opportunities for Appalachian Students and Teachers

Applications Now Open

For more information about the program, contact:

Julia Hinten
Governor’s Office of Appalachia
(614) 728-4878
Julia.Hinten@development.ohio.gov

The Students and teachers in Appalachia, Ohio can apply for free, summer learning opportunities through the Appalachian Regional Commission.

Through these intensive, hands-on learning opportunities, students can gain exposure to new experiences, discover innovative career paths, and enhance their way of thinking.

Two programs are available:

  • ARC/Oak Ridge Summer Stem Program
  • Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

2021 Appalachian Regional Commission/Oak Ridge National Laboratory Summer STEM Programs

The 2021 ARC/Oak Ridge Summer STEM Program is a free opportunity for Appalachian students and teachers.

Hosted by Oak Ridge Associated Universities in Oak Ridge, Tennessee, the program will take place in July 2021. Participants will work with award-winning scientists at Oak Ridge National Laboratory, one of the largest U.S. Department of Energy research facilities in the United States. Students will conduct guided STEM (science, technology engineering and math) research projects while high school teachers will work to develop STEM-related curriculum.

All program expenses will be covered for all participants. Appalachian high school teachers (grades 9-12) in the math, science, technology, and engineering disciplines will receive the same accommodations plus a $1,000 stipend for their participation.

*If COVID restrictions allow, the program will be held in person in Oak Ridge, Tennessee.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • High school students and teachers: June 19-July 2, 2021
  • Middle school students: June 26-July 2, 2021

The program will be held virtually.

  • Middle school students entering 6th, 7th or 8th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • High school students, at least 16 years old by June 19, 2021.
  • High school teachers who plan to teach math, science, engineering and/or technology (e.g. web design, computer programming) in the ninth grade or higher for the 2021-2022 school year.
  • All participants must be U.S. citizens and attend a public school in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties.

To apply or learn more details about the program, click here.

Application materials must be submitted online no later than April 2, 2021.


2021 Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy

The 2021 Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy is a free opportunity for Appalachian rising seniors.

In partnership with the Institute for Educational Leadership, the Appalachian Entrepreneurship Academy aims to prepare the next generation of entrepreneurial leaders and thinkers through a cultivated learning experience.

In this two-phase program, selected applicants will participate in a Design Thinking workshop, and mentorship and coaching, designed to develop skills essential for entrepreneurial success.

Frequently Asked Questions

  • Phase 1 - une 14-25, 2021
  • Phase 2 - July 12-30, 2021

The program will be held virtually.

High school students entering 12th grade for the 2021-2022 school year.
Students must be attending a public school in one of Ohio’s 32 Appalachian counties to be eligible.

To apply or learn more details about the program, click here.

Application materials must be submitted online no later thanApril 2, 2021.