I have been told that doing summer high school programs is especially helpful in this competitve college application environment. The summer programs I am talking about are scholarship based where the applicant pays nothing or very little for attending the program after a competitive selection process. Examples are Telluride; LEAD Summer Business Institute; Cosmos; Foundation for Economic Leaders etc. More listings about such summer programs can be found at forum on CC. Summer Programs - College Confidential
My DS attended LEAD Business Institute at Northwestern and I know his attendance at that program had a direct impact on him receiving a full-merit scholarship to his current college. LEAD has recently announced a new summer program targeted at underrepresented minority high school students interested in computer science. Here is the link for the program. http://www.leadengineeringsite.org/APPLY+NOW.html
It is a two part program. The first level is targeted at current 8th grades. They can study at Stanford or Michigan. The second level is targeted at current 9th and 10th graders. They can study at Virginia or Berkely. It does not look like you have to be in both levels. The majority of costs are picked up by LEAD but there are parent contributions. I do know that LEAD does give finanical aid for those portions. Selection is not based on current economic status. The deadline to apply is May 2 so I wanted to make sure everyone in this forum is aware of this new opportunity.
LEAD is a wonderful organization. Upon completion of a LEAD program you become a LEAD alumni and are invited to many wonderful opportunities.
Good luck to anyone who is applying. If you have any questions directed at how to do the application just pm me. I don't have any specific additional info aboutt he computer science one but you can call the LEAD office for any questions.