Summer 2019 Enrichment Grant Scholarship Recap

Summer 2019 Enrichment Grant Scholarship Recap

2019 James Joyce Ireland group

Each year, through the generosity of its alumni, the Alumni Association awards Summer Enrichment Grant scholarships on behalf of current OPRFHS students to help them participate in exciting academic enrichment programs over the summer.  Our first year, in 2003, we provided $3,500 to help five students participate in a Tropical Ecology Field Sciences course in Costa Rica. Since that first year, we have awarded over $481,000 on behalf of 556 students.  That includes $61,490 awarded for summer 2019 on behalf of 53 current OPRFHS students.  Your SUPPORT will help fund enrichment opportunities for current students.

On Monday evening, October 28 we hosted our annual Dessert Reception for the 2019 SEG students and their families.  As always, it was a wonderful evening that gave us an opportunity to meet the students and hear about their adventures - what they learned and the challenges they faced.  They studied dance, music, foreign languages, engineering, humanities and much more.  Many of them had their first experience living on a college campus.  Others on foreign travel programs had the experience of living with a host family. The students learn so much from these experiences and we feel lucky to have played a part.  We've posted some pictures at

For summer 2019, a total of  $61,490 was distributed to these programs on behalf of 53 students. Since our first awards in 2003, more than $481,000 has been distributed on behalf of 556 students.  


OPRFHS-sponsored programs (28 total students) 

  • OPRF James Joyce IRELAND program (9 students)
  • OPRF Science Costa Rica Tropical Ecology Course (8 students) 
  • OPRF World Languages SPAIN program (7 students)
  • OPRF Global Leadership Summit (3 students)
  • OPRF Marching Band camp (1 student)

Outside programs (25 students)

  • CIEE - various countries and topics (7 students)
  • Global Glimpse (2 students)
  • National Student Leadership conference - various topics (3 students)
  • Music/performance including University of Illinois, Blue Lake Fine Arts camp, Berklee School of Music (4 students)
  • Pre-college programs including Carnegie Mellon and Northwestern University (4 students)
  • Math/science/engineering at Rose Hultman Institute, Duke University and University of Illinois (3 students)
  • University of Michigan Debate Camp (1 student)
  • Film-making studies at University of North Carolina (1 student)