Summer Youth Programs

Other Scholarships


NEW Program!
GenCyber Summer Program

The GenCyber camp is a week-long day camp that will focus on teaching cyber-security and safe online behavior. Student will explore many aspects of security including encryption, eithics, networks, phishing, social engineering, and use of the Raspberry Pi system. This is a commuter-only program offered at no cost to all participants. Funding is provided jointly by the NSA and NSF through an award. To apply, send your completed application (below), including the signed application form and the required short responses to questions. To submit, email these items to or mail to the contact address listed in the application form. A teacher recommendation letter and an unofficial transcript are helpful, but not required for the application. The application deadline is 5 p.m. May 31, 2019. Late applications may be considered but this scholarship will be awarded on a first-come, first-served basis and with consideration for the strength of the application. (Program contingent on funding availability).  More information is available on the GenCyber website.

  • Grades: 7-12 (30 participants)
  • Eligibility: Preference will be given to students from the Keweenaw and surrounding area. This is a commuter-only program offered at no cost to all participants. It is helpful to have a background in math and science and a strong interest in computing and cyber-security. 

GenCyber Program Application

McBride Construction Scholarship

The McBride Construction Scholarship is a partial award to apply toward the cost of any SYP exploration in a STEM field. Selected recipients will receive $500 toward the cost of a program, as well as the round-trip SYP charter bus from Gaylord (valued at $225).  The McBride Construction Scholarship requires its own additional application (download below), please contact with any questions.

  • Grades: 6-8 or 9-11
  • Eligibility: This opportunity is available on a first-come, first-served competitive basis to 10 student attending any school in the Petoskey, Alanson, or Harbor Springs school districts of Michigan.

McBride Construction Scholarship Application

Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake - filled

The Sandretto Scholarship is designed for students interested in intensive, hands-on ecological studies at Gratiot Lake. One award will be given, which will cover the full cost of the course. Interested students must express clear enthusiasm for aquatic ecology and show strong academic performance. This course spends a week in a rustic cabin on Gratiot Lake doing sampling, observation, and other ecological projects. The Jack Sandretto Memorial Scholarship Fund was established by a generous donation to the Gratiot Lake Conservancy by Rebecca Sandretto. 

  • Grades: 9-11
  • Eligibility: By donor request, first preference will be given to students from the local Keweenaw area or Western Upper Peninsula

Aquatic Ecology at Gratiot Lake Application

Additional opportunities will be listed as they become available.


Multiple-Week Discount

If you attend our programs for multiple weeks, you will receive a one-time $50 discount. Discount must be noted on the original payment form.

Michigan Tech Alumni/Staff Discount

If your parent or grandparent is a Michigan Tech alumnus, faculty, or staff member, you are eligible for one $50 discount for a live-in or commuter exploration (not applicable for scholarship programs). This discount will be applied after the SYP office confirms your relative's status. Discount must be noted on the original payment form.

Discounts and awards cannot be used in combination with each other—only one discount/award can be applied per exploration. Discounts and awards cannot be used in combination with each other—only one discount, award, or scholarship can be applied per student.

Don't see what you are looking for?

If none of these scholarship opportunities meet your requirements, there are several ways you can seek funding.

Talk to your school counselor. They may know more about opportunities in your area, or have the resources to find them. You can also inquire at local businesses and community organizations (Zonta, Lions Club, youth groups, etc). Community groups are often willing to help their local students achieve their aspirations.