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High School Virtual Academy

Brought to you by: Furman’s Institute for the Advancement of Community Health, Furman Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and The Shi Institute for Sustainable Communities

With many in-person summer activities cancelled this summer, we are excited to announce that Furman is offering a two-week High School Virtual Academy THIS July! Are you ready to hone your professional skills and explore your passion?

One Academy, Three Tracks: Community Health, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, and Sustainability

  • Designed for high school students who have completed at least their freshman year of high school

When: July 13-24, Mon-Fri, 9AM-12PM EST

Invest two weeks in your future to develop real-world skills that will set you apart from your peers.

  • Experience college academics through project-based learning
  • Engage with top Furman University faculty and leading practitioners in their fields
  • Cultivate a professional readiness to network with future employers
  • Earn a Certificate of Completion from Furman University that you can include on your college application

Program Details

During Week I, students will learn and develop professional + presentation skills. In the second week, students will split into academic track cohorts and take a deeper dive into their field of interest. Students will indicate this area of interest on their application.

  • Delivered through Zoom in an interactive and engaging format; large and small group discussions, activities and research
  • Work and collaborate daily with your faculty and peers
  • 1-2 hours of prep and group work expected outside of class each day

Week I: Gain the tools to give effective presentations, analyze and interpret data, and create innovative solutions.

  • Data Analytics
  • Business Writing
  • Design Thinking
  • Digital Media
  • Public Speaking
  • Microsoft Office Suite (Power Point, Excel)
  • Personal Brand – Resume, LinkedIn, Networking

Week II: Pursue one of the following disciplines and complete a capstone project in your area of interest: Community Health, Innovation & Entrepreneurship, or Sustainability

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Academic Tracks

Community Health: "The Great Equalizer"

Has the recent pandemic left you wondering who is responsible for keeping a community healthy and safe? Are you considering pursuing a career in healthcare as a physician, nurse, researcher or epidemiologist?

If you want to understand the disparities between growing medical needs and resources within communities, then this is the track for you!

Participate in a group capstone project to create a care plan for a fictional patient based on real-world scenarios.

Gain an understanding of your own educational and professional path and learn about career trajectories and professional networks that impact health.

  • Community Health vs. Public Health?
  • Why is Community Health important to physicians?
  • The Collaborative Community Care Model; Role of community-based programming, philanthropy, and coalitions in Community Health
  • Social determinants of health
  • Community Health and COVID-19
Innovation & Entrepreneurship: "The Mindset"

Have you ever had an idea and didn’t know what to do with it? Do you know what it takes to become an entrepreneur? Furman Innovation and Entrepreneurship develops innovative and entrepreneurial minded leaders who are equipped to transform our communities and the world through social and entrepreneurial ventures.

This week will transform the ways that you think and approach problems and bring your ideas to life.

You will work on a team to develop a five-minute pitch deck, solving a social problem in your community through a tech-based platform.

Each day, you will learn how to bring your pitch to life, from crafting your idea to testing the market to developing a fundamental business model.

Do you think you have what it takes to pitch to the sharks?

  • Introduction to Entrepreneurship
  • The Business Canvas
  • How to Create a Pitch Deck
  • Product Market Fit and the Competition
  • Product Testing/Validation
Sustainability: "Sustainable U"

Have you thought about what a more sustainable world would look like? Sustainability has emerged as a concept central to the development and future of humankind. The Sustainability Track will take a holistic look at many of the sustainability challenges we face, from climate change to food security and social justice to renewable energy.

The capstone project will focus on a sustainability topic of your interest, leading to a presentation of your findings and proposed action plan to catalyze real change in your community.

Join sustainability professionals to learn about exciting opportunities in sustainability and the connections to all career paths.

  • Explore the impact of personal behavior choices and collective action
  • Learn about frameworks for sustainability and topics that resonate with you
  • Why is social justice important for community success?
  • Consumerism and global resource use
  • Sustainable food systems


Are there scholarships available?

Yes, there are scholarships available. You may indicate your need for a scholarship on your application.

What do I need in order to participate in the Virtual Academy?

All participants will need access to a computer, internet connection and Microsoft Office (Excel, Word, PowerPoint)

When should I expect to hear back about my application?

All students will receive immediate confirmation that their application has been received. You should expect to hear back within two weeks if you are admitted into the Academy.

Will I receive college credit for attending the Virtual Academy?

No, there is no college credit awarded for completion of the Virtual Academy. Upon successful completion of the Virtual Academy, you will earn a Certificate of Completion from Furman University.

When are applications and payments due?
  • Applications are due by June 30th
  • Full payments are due by July 3rd
What if I need to cancel my registration?

If the cancellation is made prior to July 3rd, you will be refunded the full program fee. If the cancellation is made after July 3rd or a student fails to attend, you will not be eligible for refunds.

Will I get my first choice of academic track?
  • Please indicate your choice of academic track on your application
  • Academic Tracks are first come first serve. Apply today!
  • We will notify you if a Week II track fills

Cost of Program

Virtual Academy Tuition

  • $1,195

Apply Today

More Information

Email virtualacademy@furman.edu

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