Special Opportunities


Medstart Summer Camp     Open to current high school sophomores and juniors.

MedStart is a 5-day summer program aimed at developing the next generation of healthcare providers. Hosted by the Montana AHEC (Areas Health Education Center) and the Montana Hospital Association, MedStart camp immerses students in campus life while providing opportunities to explore a variety of health care careers through simulation activities and job shadows at local facilities. Students also attend college planning sessions to map out their college and career goals. After camp, each regional AHEC office provides support to students that include college resources, financial aid updates, scholarships and connections to further job shadowing within their hometown. Past activities have included: Dissections; Nursing simulation lab; Dental assisting; Health Information Technology demonstrations; Mock disaster training/ EMS; Cadaver lab and X-Ray activities.

Scholarships are available for students who come from disadvantaged backgrounds, low-income families, rural areas, minorities, or will be first in their family to attend college.  Apply online at www.scmtahec.org/medstart  Application deadline is March 06,2020


LEDA- Leadership Enterprise for a Diverse America is a FREE 7-week Summer Institute at Princeton University. Students receive leadership training, writing classes, college guidance and college trips, and ACT/SAT prep. Room, board, and travel is fully funded by LEDA.  Applicants must have a minimum 3.6 gpa, have a total family income less that $90,000/year, and be taking advanced classes.  Applications close on December 20, 2019, and are available in the Counseling Office.

College Horizons   is a college admissions workshop for American Indian, Alaska Native, and Native Hawaiian high school students.  This year, College Horizons will be held at Emory University  (Atlanta, Georgia) from June 27, 2020 - July 3, 2020. Applicants must be current high school sophomores or juniors, citizens or permanent residents of the US, and have a minimum 3.0 cumulative GPA in core academic courses. The program cost is $450 plus the cost of transportation, but scholarships for tuition and travel expenses are available.  Apply online at  tfaforms.com/4771273 Application deadline is February 5, 2020.


Western Aerospace Scholars Sophomore Program is a two-part program in which students complete online courses in March with the goal of qualifying for a three-day summer residential experience at The Montana Learning Center in Helena,  June 29 - July 1.  There is no cost for students. More information is available in the Counseling Center, or you can go to http://museumofflight.org/Education/Explore-programs/was Select "Montana Residents" and then select "student application"

The U.S. Department of State offers merit-based scholarships for American high school students to study abroad from three weeks to an academic year.  Students live with host families, engage with local schools, and gain skills to be competitive in the global workforce. For a list of opportunities and to apply, visit https://exchanges.state.gov/highschool/

Freshmen - The Polson Rotary Club typically sponsors 2 PHS freshmen to attend the Rotary Youth Leadership Academy (RYLA) camp held at Luccock Park Camp near Livingston, MT during the summer.  Applications will be available in the School Counseling office in the spring.

Sophomores - the HOBY State Leadership Seminar takes place in June in Bozeman, MT.  Polson High School typically sponsors one sophomore student to attend.  Applications will be available in the School Counseling office near the end of October. http://www.hoby.org/programs/leadership-seminars/

Juniors - American Legion Auxiliary Girls State http://mtlegion.org/forms/girls-state.html and American Legion Boys State http://mtlegion.org/department/boys-state.html