• Program/Volunteer Opportunities*

    *Stafford High School is not responsible for program or material fees.


    Williams College Fly-in Program

    Greetings from Williamstown! I'm writing to share that our 2022 Windows on Williams (WOW) application is now available. The WOW fly-in program provides more than 200 high-achieving seniors an all-expenses-paid opportunity to visit campus and experience the Williams community. WOW is a selective program open to rising seniors in the U.S. and Puerto Rico; preference is given to high-achieving students who couldn't otherwise afford to visit Williams.

    WOW participants stay in dorms with current students, attend classes, meet with professors, and learn about our admission process and our extraordinary financial aid program. Currently, WOW participants will be required to provide proof of Covid-19 vaccination and booster, if eligible, in order to visit campus. We will notify WOW participants should campus Covid-19 policies change. Please encourage your students to apply using this link by either of our two deadlines: July 1 or August 1, and feel free to contact us with any questions.

    Volunteer Opportunity

    Falmouth Elementary and the Big Brother and Big Sister Organization have partnered to provide school-based, mentaor matches. For the remainder of this year, it would be virtual, weekly meetings only.  They are hoping to continue again next year but become in-person, once a week at Falmouth Elementary.  For more information, visit Big Brothers and Big Sisters/Falmouth Elementary.

    Interested in applying to a Service Academy?

    Academy Day 2021 created an on-demand version of the program that will allow viewing of the presentation at your convenience. To view, click here.

    For more information about Academy Nominations, click here.

    Interested in an Air Force ROTC Scholarship?

    More information, visit Air Force ROTC Scholarship Application Process

    Interested in being a pilot?

    The Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC)), in partnership with Averett University, Aviation Adventures, and the Virginia Department of AViation, is offering fflight academies at no cost for high school students statewide.   Qualified applicants must be U.S. citizens, Virginia residents, and 16 years old by the start of the Academy session.  They must also be able to pass an FAA flight physical exam upon acceptance into the program.  Up to thirty students will be selected. In order to participate in the program, students must make themselves fully available for all activities between June 21 and July 16, 2021. During the flight sessions, students must expect to be present at their designated airport the entire business day and potentially on weekends. The application deadline is February 28th.  To learn more, visit Pathways Flight Academies

    Virginia Space Grant Consortium (VSGC) provides FREE Science, Technology, Engineering and Math (STEM) opportunities for Virginia students in grades 10th, 11th, and 12th. The programs inspire students who possess technical and/or scientific interests and are motivated to learn about the many different opportunities that NASA offers. Please share the information on the following programs with your students.

    The Virginia Space Coast Scholars (VSCS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 10th grade students highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Wallops Flight Facility focusing on the current missions at Wallops. Learn more about VSCS at http://vsgc.odu.edu/spacecoast/. Course application OPEN UNTIL October 17, 2021.

    The Virginia Aerospace Science and Technology Scholars (VASTS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 11th and 12th-grade students, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center focusing on human spaceflight. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. Learn more about VASTS at http://vsgc.odu.edu/VASTS/The application OPEN UNTIL October 24, 2021.

    The Virginia Earth System Science Scholars (VESSS) is an interactive online STEM learning experience for 11th and 12th-grade students, highlighted by a seven-day residential summer academy at NASA Langley Research Center focusing on the Earth’s responses to climate changes, weather, and natural hazards. Students can earn up to five free dual enrollment college credits. Learn more about VESSS at http://vsgc.odu.edu/VESSSThe application OPEN UNTIL October 24, 2021.

    Pathways to Science

    Pathways to Science is a free summer residential experience for high school Latinas in Virginia. The purpose of this program funded by the National Science Foundation is to engage with Latinas who are interested in STEM early in their high school career with the goal of encouraging them to pursue a college education and career in STEM.  Our ultimate goal is to increase the number of Latina STEM professionals in VA.

     Young women who are chosen for Pathways to Science receive the following benefits:

    • A free, weeklong summer residential camp at Randolph-Macon College, where they engage with other Latinas with a passion for STEM, live in our dorms and learn about life on a college campus. 
    • A $2,500 scholarship to the college of their choice upon completion of the summer program.
    • Field trips to our partner organizations the Science Museum of Virginia, Maymont, and Lewis Ginter Botanical Garden as well as businesses in the community to see STEM in action and meet women leaders in STEM careers
    • Many additional benefits!

    The application is open and can be accessed at https://pathwaystoscience.com/.

     Plumbers and Pipefitters Apprenticeship

    If you are interested, the Washington D.C. Joint Plumbing Apprentice Committee is now accepting applications for the Apprentice Training Program's 2021/2022 school year.  Applicants must apply online at local5training.org.


    Army Educational Outreach Program (AEOP)

    STEM apprenticeship opportunities available for high school students.

    Research & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (REAP)

    High School Apprenticeship Program ((HSAP)

    Science & Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP)

    For more information, visit USAEOP


    Department of Navy and the Department of Defense STEM Programs

    The Science and Engineering Apprenticeship Program (SEAP) provides an

    opportunity for high school students to participate in research at a

    Department of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.



     The Naval Research Enterprise Internship Program (NREIP) provides an

    opportunity for college students to participate in research at a Department

    of Navy (DoN) laboratory during the summer.



    The Science Mathematics and Research for Transformation (SMART)

    Scholarship-for-Service Program was established as a concentrated effort to

    enhance the Department of Defense (DoD) workforce with talented, innovative

    and brilliant scientists, engineers and researchers. SMART Scholars enter

    the program to pursue their education in some of the leading STEM fields

    currently in high demand by the United States Government. The program offers

    scholarships for bachelors, masters and PhD students pursuing STEM. While in

    school, students will receive full tuition, monthly stipends, health

    insurance and book allowances, as well as summer internships that range from

    8 to 12 weeks. Upon degree completion, scholars begin working in a civilian

    position with their sponsoring facility. The internships and work experience

    allow scholars the opportunity to learn from the greatest minds in STEM and

    defense. Not only do scholars pursue their passions in their respective

    field during their educational phase, but they begin a journey towards an

    empowering career to protect national security.



     The Department of Defense (DoD), through the Office of the Under Secretary

    for Research and Engineering and the military services, promotes education

    in science and engineering disciplines relevant to the Defense mission. One

    means of promoting science and engineering education is through awarding

    fellowships to encourage promising U.S. scientists to pursue doctoral

    degrees in designated research disciplines.  The DoD National Defense

    Science and Engineering Graduate (NDSEG) Fellowship Program is a competitive

    fellowship that is awarded to U.S. citizens, U.S. nationals, and U.S. dual

    citizens who intend to pursue a Doctoral degree aligned to the DoD services

    Broad Agency Announcements (BAAs) in research and development at a U.S.

    institution of their choice.  DoD plans to award fellowships to individuals

    who have demonstrated ability and special aptitude for advanced training in

    S&E.  The NDSEG Fellowship lasts for 3 years and pays for full tuition and

    all mandatory fees; a monthly stipend ($38,400 annually); a $5,000 travel

    budget over the Fellow's tenure for professional development; and up to

    $1,200 a year in health insurance.




Last Modified on May 20, 2022