• Student Opportunities and Events


    Student Theatre Enrichment Program (STEP)

    CPT’s STEP is an arts-based job training program that engages Cleveland teens from low-income families in a powerful 8-week intensive that focuses on excellence in performance, play creation, physical theatre, writing, production and set design/construction. Performance Ensemble focuses on play creation and performance, Technical Team focuses on production and set design/production, and both groups work collaboratively to successfully tour an original play to public parks throughout the city of Cleveland. These are paid positions, and bus tickets are provided for youth who get accepted into program. YOUTH MUST AUDITION TO BE CONSIDERED, and auditions are for Performance Ensemble and Technical Team. Please direct questions and referrals to Molly Andrews-Hinders, STEP Program Director, phone: 216-631-2727 ext. 236.  
    Click Here for program details.
    Click Here for the audition schedule.


    Promote Change Competition

    Do you have ideas on how to promote diversity, equity and inclusion in your community? Apply today to the Promote Change competition sponsored by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio’s 2020 Class of Lead DIVERSITY! The top three winners will each receive a $1000 cash prize, win a leadership program for their high school delivered by The Diversity Center of Northeast Ohio, valued up to $600, and will be recognized at the Diversity Center’s 66th Annual Humanitarian Dinner Wednesday, November 11, 2020. Winners will be announced in May, 2020.
    Deadline is extended until March 31st!
    Click Here for details.


    UNCF Northern Ohio Scholars Scholarship

    Application Closes April 8, 2020
    The UNCF Northern Ohio Inter-Alumni Council with the support of the Cleveland Council of Black Colleges Alumni Association is proud to announce the Northern Ohio Scholars Program Scholarship. This scholarship opportunity, which is funded by the support of the area HBCU alums along with other local benefactors, is offered to current high school seniors, and HBCU-enrolled freshman, sophomores, juniors and seniors who are permanent residents of northern Ohio.
    Click Here to apply.


    16th Annual Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy

    Applications Due April 9, 2020
    The Stephanie Tubbs Jones Summer Legal Academy is designed to introduce promising minority students to the legal profession. Area high school seniors will participate in a three-week, part-time intensive and very interactive law institute. The faculty of judges and attorneys will introduce the participants to numerous legal issues and career opportunities.
    Click Here for details.


    Louis Stokes Scholars Program

    Attention Graduating Seniors | Application Deadline: April 10, 2020
    Interested in exploring careers in the law? Looking for a great summer internship experience? Apply for the Louis Stokes Scholars Program by April 10, 2020. Louis Stokes Scholars will enjoy a unique summer program crafted just for them with paid internships in law firms, the courts and legal nonprofits; group field trips, social and networking opportunities, visits to Law School campuses, Lunch & Learn seminars, writing and public speaking seminars, shadowing Court of Common Pleas judges, legal research, Law School Admissions Boot Camp including all about the LSAT and preparing for law school. Plus, all Scholars are provided lawyer-mentors to help achieve college success.  
    Click Here for details.
    Click Here for the brochure.
    Click Here for the application.


    1,000 Ties STEM Mentorship Program

    1,000 Ties and Tri C Metropolitan Campus. We have come together to offer a STEM mentorship program for young men grades 6-10th. This program is one Saturday per month for three months starting on March 14,2020. This program is free and open to young men in Northeast Ohio. We only have 20 spaces left and would like to get this information out so that everyone has a opportunity to apply. The program will focus on robotics, mobile app development, and programming. Students must commit to all three dates and must attend the first two sessions with an adult.
    Click Here for the student application.
    Questions? Contact Jowan Smith


    NAACP Cleveland ACT-SO Program

    The NAACP ACT-SO program which is a program for talented and creative High School Students who excel and have a passion for the Performing Arts, Visual Arts, Humanities, STEM and more to compete in this years competition. 
    The NAACP ACT-SO program is looking for students who would be interested in competing in the following areas:
    • Performing Arts
    • Humanities
    • Visual Arts
    • STEM
    • Business and
    • Culinary Arts
    Details about the program and the upcoming informational session are included. Students can compete in a maximum of three (3) categories.
    • ACT-SO Competition: Saturday, April 11, 2020 at Karamu House
    • ACT-SO Awards Ceremony and Student Showcase: Saturday, April 18, 2020 at the Karamu House
    • Applications for students to participate will Close: Friday, March 20, 2020


    FBI Cleveland Citizens Academy Alumni Association (FBUCLEAAA) 2020 Scholarship

    The FBICLECAAA is offering three (3) $1,000 scholarships to high school students who will graduate in 2020 and plan to pursue an education in criminal justice, law enforcement, forensic science, or a related field.
    Visit our website to download the application form. 
    Applications must be completed in full and postmarked no later than March 25, 2020.


    Law and Leadership Institute (LLI)

    LLI is a state-wide, 4-year leadership program that inspires and prepares high school students for college and professional success through legally- based curricula and leadership training. Students attend summer and academic year sessions where they build friendships and mentor- relationships that last a lifetime. 
    We are still in our prime recruitment period and I’d love to maximize my time in each of your cities. I’ve listed below some openings for when we will be in Cleveland and the availability we have on those days. 
    • Friday, March 6
    • Monday, March 16
    The presentations take no more than 35 minutes but we can accommodate your schedules. Use the link below to schedule:


    Anti-Vaping Poster Contest

    The Ohio Department of Health’s (ODH) Tobacco Use Prevention and Cessation Program is sponsoring the ODH Anti-Vaping Video Contest with $20,000 in scholarship prizes. 
    We’ve developed the contest in response to the unprecedented rise in e-cigarette/vaping product use among youth and young adults. It is our hope that this opportunity will provide a creative opportunity for students to learn more about the dangers of vaping while also providing ODH with youth-centered videos that could be used for further mass media campaigns to discourage use among youth.
    The contest is open to all Ohio high school students or students taking high school level homeschool classes. Students are asked to produce a 25 to 45 second video that addresses the dangers of vaping.


    Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest

    The Ohio Committee for Severe Weather Awareness is sponsoring its yearly poster contest for all students in grades 1-6, offering teachers a way to incorporate weather and art education in the classroom. 
    OSCWA’s Severe Weather Awareness Poster Contest is designed to combine a student’s originality and artistic talent with his or her ability to share the important message of how people can protect themselves and others from the dangers and hazards that accompany severe weather in Ohio. April 15 is the deadline for each school to submit first-place posters to its regional National Weather Service office. The weather service will announce the regional winners by the end of May.
    Click Here for details.


    Cleveland Public Power Intern to Apprenticeship Program

    Saturday, April 11, 2020 | Parent Information Session
    This 1 year program is designed to help prepare and train young men and women for a career in a highly skilled, fast growing trades. It combines supervised on-the-job training with classroom instruction to teach you practical and theoretical aspects of a highly skilled occupation. Paid on-the-job training help you can entry into a high-wage occupation while you learn.
    Classroom Antics STEAM Camps for Kids 6 - 13 Years Old
    Classroom Antics fuels children's passion for STEAM. Their summer camps are taught by professional educators, equipped with excellent classroom management skills. The instructors instill confidence within each camper as they learn invaluable STEAM skills.
    Click Here to learn more.


    Cleveland Foundation Scholarship Listing

    General Application deadline is March 15, 2020
    Please encourage scholars to browse the descriptions of the various scholarship funds to learn more about:
    • the specific purpose the donor had in mind in establishing the scholarship;
    • special eligibility criteria or additional requirements for consideration; and
    • the online application method and/or contact information for external applications.  
    Click Here for the complete listing and how to apply.


    2020-2021 Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program

    Deadline: March 27, 2020
    The Mayor Frank G. Jackson Scholarship Program was created by the City of Cleveland in 2007 to provide scholarship funds to the following individuals:
    • City employees
    • Dependents of City employees
    • High school seniors graduating from the Cleveland Metropolitan School District
    • High school seniors in the Youth Development Program or involved with the City of Cleveland Department of Recreation.
    Essay Prompt options:
    1. Why is voting important? If one of your friends didn't understand the importance, how would you encourage them to vote?
    2. Local government is about building trust and social norms for the community, but voters can be uncertain of its role on key issues like education opportunity, transportation, etc. Select a key issue important to you and describe what role local government should play on that issue to the community.
    Click Here for details.

    Construction Trades Apprenticeship Fair

    Thursday, March 19, 2020 6:00 - 7:30pm
    Max Hayes High School - 2211 W 65th St. 44102

    LEARN ABOUT the great career opportunities available through apprenticeships in the construction trades from tradesmen and women.


    Download the flier


    Student Precinct Election Official

    Cuyahoga County Board of Elections - Future of Democracy Student Election Official Program is in the process of training and hiring high school students who are 17 years to work the upcoming primary election. Training sessions will be held at the East Professional Center:
     February 13 (9 am-11:30 am) 
     February 18 (10:30 am-1 pm) 
    Instruct students will need to complete the student application, select one of the training sessions, and return it, with necessary signatures tolavora.gadison@clevelandmetroschools.org by February 7. The Board of Elections needs the applications prior to the training in order to assign the student to a precinct.
    Click Here for the informational flyer.


    Summer Jobs at Cleveland Metroparks

    Cleveland Metroparks has posted an advertisement for summer Natural Resources Aides which may be a wonderful opportunity for your 16+ year old students. These field positions are designed for high school and college freshmen/sophomores to work closely with professionals who will provide hands-on job training and career exploration opportunities.
    These positions will pay $9 for new hires and will work 2-3 days a week over the summer (specific days of the week to be worked out with each individual hire). Also, they will report to the West Creek Management Center in Parma which is within 1/4 miles of an RTA bus stop.
    Click Here for details. 

    Lebanese Syrian American Scholarship

    Application is due March 31, 2020

    The Lebanese Syrian American Junior League is awarding three (3) $1,000.00 college scholarships to an academically outstanding young man and woman of Lebanese or Syrian descent residing in the Greater Cleveland area. The student must be graduating in either the January or June class of this current school year with a “B” or better scholastic average.

    Click Here for application along with additional information


    In Deed We Code

    In Deed We Code is a coding program for African American girls

    Who Can Participate: African American Girls in Grades 7-12

    Where: John Carroll University, O'Malley Center, Room 203

    Dates: Sat 3/21/2020, Sat 3/28/2020, Sat 4/11/2020, Sat 4/25/2020

    Time: 9:00 AM - Noon

    Come see what we are about and learn how IndeedWeCode is inspiring African American girls to pursue education and opportunities for high paying careers in technology and STEM fields

    Visit www.indeedwecode.com for more information and http://www.indeedwecode.com/membership/ to register for a Preview Day



    When: July 9-11, 2020

    MEDCAMP is designed to provide "hands-on" experiences in bio-medial science workshops involving research, clinical problem-solving and an introduction to the fields of clinical medicine.

    Applicants must be 18 years old by the day of MEDCAMP, graduated high school, must be enrolled at a college or university entering their 1st, 2nd or 3rd year of undergraduate education and have a GPA of 3.0 or greater. 

    Click Here for the informational flyer


    City Club of Cleveland Free Speech Essay Contest

    Every year since 2013, The Hope and Stanley Adelstein Free Speech Essay Contest challenges high school students to examine the role of free speech in the 21st century. The essay contest was established by Hope and Stanley as part of the City Club’s Centennial celebration. The Adelsteins were longtime City Club members, philanthropists, and environmental activists. Stanley joined the City Club in 1941 and remained an active member until his death in 2014. Hope’s hallmark was civic involvement, and she was active in the Cleveland community until her death in 2016.

    All high school students in Northeastern Ohio are eligible to apply for scholarship prizes. Essays should pull from personal experience, current events, history, politics, art, anything really so long as they are backed up with evidence. Essays will be judged on their clarity, content, originality, and significance.

    Click Here for details.


    Levin College Policy Institute - Student Recruitment

    The second annual Levin Policy Institute will be held March 3-6, 2020, at Cleveland State University’s Levin College of Urban Affairs for a maximum of 30 selected CMSD juniors and seniors. Participants must be able to attend all four days.

    The Policy Institute is a unique opportunity for students to learn the fundamental structures of American government and how civil society can be harnessed to influence policy. So, this institute will be structured to support the development of leadership.


    Click Here for additional information.

    Questions? Email LaVora "Gayle" Gadison.


    Bernard Harris Scholarship

    Application Deadline is April 6, 2020

    The Council of Great City Schools-Bernard Harris Math and Science Scholarships is accepting applications. webpage and through social media. The scholarships are designed specifically for African American and Hispanic graduating seniors this spring in Council school districts who plan to pursue college studies in one of the STEM-related fields.

    Click Here for scholarship application.


    Chemistry Olympiad

    We are pleased to announce that the Cleveland Section of the American Chemical Society (ACS) will be participating in the 2020 US National Chemistry Olympiad (USNCO). The primary goals of this program are to stimulate interest and achievement in chemistry among high school students and to provide recognition of outstanding young chemistry students, teachers, and schools. 

    It is the responsibility of the Cleveland ACS section to nominate students to take the USNCO National Examination. In order to identify these students, a preliminary, local Chemistry Olympiad, in the form of an ACS multiple choice exam will be administered on Saturday March 14 at Cleveland State University.

    For more information about the local and national Chemistry Olympiad, dates/times, eligibility, registration instructions, registration fees, please to go to the following link:

    In order to participate, teachers must register their students on the web site by no later than March 7, 2020.

    Click Here for past exams and answer keys.


    2020 "Chasing the Dragon" Poster Contest

    Deadline: March 27, 2020

    Students in grades 7-12 are invited to create and submit a poster that focuses on the consequences of using heroin and/or the misuse of prescription opioids.

    Click Here for contest rules.

    Click Here for flyer.



    Silver and Gold Scholarship

    Deadline: June 15, 2020
    The 2020 Silver & Gold scholarships are awarded to students of safety force personnel who are entering college this fall. The total awarded this year will exceed $7,000.00 (but not to exceed $8,500.00) divided among the winning applicants.
    Click Here for details and application.