Grace Hopkins

Samantha Grace Hopkins

Samantha Hopkins

State/Country: Virginia
Hometown: Louisa
High School: Louisa County High School
College Plans: Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University
Major: Mechanical Engineering
Professional Plans: Mechanical Engineer
Interests: Hiking, Gardening, Reading, Sports, Traveling, Sketching, Writing, Crafting, Designing
Activities: Soccer, Fellowship of Christian Athletes, Young Life, Blue Ridge Virtal Governor’s School
Honors: National Honor Society, Graduating with honors

Press Release

Hopkins Attends Prestigious National STEM Program – National Youth Science Camp

CHARLESTON, WV – August 2017 – Samantha Hopkins, a graduate of Louisa County High School represented State at the National Youth Science Camp. Hopkins joined 108 other delegates from 50 states and eight countries in the prestigious annual STEM (Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics) program.  The National Youth Science Camp, located in the Monongahela National Forest near Green Bank, West Virginia, integrates engaging and thought provoking STEM presentations and hands-on activities with adventurous outdoor experiences and performing and applied arts.

Each year, graduating high school seniors with high achievements in STEM fields are selected from the 50 states, Washington, D.C. and eight countries, to attend the National Youth Science Camp.  For almost a month, delegates attend lectures by science industry leaders, engineers, and researchers, but also experience the beauty of the West Virginia outdoors through backpacking, caving, mountain biking and rock climbing.

These future STEM leaders are selected on merit, based on their achievements, with the program provided to them at no cost, including travel, removing any financial barriers for attendance. Delegates also have the opportunity to gain individual hands on experience in STEM fields. The impact is profound and lifelong, according to Science Camp alumni, staff and presenters.

Hopkins shared, “We all seek to change the world and are full of amazing ideas that we can collaborate on. Meeting these people makes me realize how essential collaboration and communicating science is for my future success.”

The National Youth Science Camp is operated by the National Youth Science Foundation. To apply for the National Youth Science Camp, go to To learn more about the programs and work of the National Youth Science Foundation, please visit

Hopkins plans to attend the Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University in Blacksburg in the fall, to study Mechanical Engineering.


Contact Information:

John P. Giroir, Director, National Youth Science Camp – 304-205-9724 x1

National Youth Science Foundation, Inc.
P.O. Box 3387
Charleston, WV 25333-3387