Summer Discovery Institute returns to Patrick Henry Community College for Martinsville, Henry County high school students


MARTINSVILLE, Va. (WFXR) – The Summer Discovery Institute (SDI) will be returning to Patrick Henry Community College (PHCC) for high school students in Martinsville and Henry County this coming summer.

Organizers say the SDI program is a free college prep and leadership camp that runs from June 14 through July 23 between 9 a.m. and 2:30 p.m. each weekday.

SDI is also an intensive college, readiness and leadership camp designed specifically to increase success for high school students applying for college.

The institute combines hands-on leadership, career and college prep courses Monday through Thursday in virtual or hybrid formats.

On Fridays, students can attend field trips to visit college campuses and participate in volunteer and cultural enrichment experiences.

Eligible students will be invited to attend overnight trips to explore college campuses and enjoy cultural enrichment experiences.

The camp activities and trips are offered at no cost to students or families. Transportation to and from camp will be provided throughout the city of Martinsville and Henry County.

Breakfast and lunch will be provided daily to students.

“This program just keeps getting better. Each year at SDI, students learn new passions, skills, and talents in areas that pique their interests – things like BioMed, Dance, Graphic Design, or Sports Management to name a few. Our mission is to make connections and to cultivate students’ success in high school, college and life.”

Shanna Francisco-King, Project Coordinator of Pre-College Programs

Rising seniors can also take classes on completing college applications, admissions and scholarship essays, resumes and SAT/ACT preparation.

Through these courses, seniors will craft a personalized plan to navigate the admission process for the college of their choice.

Orientation will be held on June 10 at PHCC’s main campus from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Applications and additional information can be found by clicking here or email

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