Table of Contents
Governing Board Members & Guidance Contacts 2
Graduation and University Requirements 3
How to get started 4
Arizona Public Four-Year Universities 5
Arizona Private Four-Year Universities 6
Arizona Two-Year Community Colleges 6
Vocational and Technical Schools 7
Apprenticeship Programs 7
Military Programs 8
mylife Career Development 9
College Planning Schedule
NCAA Eligibility for Student Athletes 11
Testing Information 12
SAT Information 13
ACT Information 14
The Difference Between ACT/SAT 15
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
Scholarship and Financial Assistance 16
Scholarship and Financial Assistance 17
Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship 18
Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship 19
Financial Aid Categories 20
Financial Aid Categories 21
Frequently Asked Questions about Scholarships 22
Frequently Asked Questions about Scholarships 23
Letters Of Recommendation 25
9th-12th Grade Timeline 26-27
Important Dates 28
Peoria Unified School District
6330 W. Thunderbird Road, Glendale, AZ 85306 | www.peoriaud.k12.az.us
Governing Board Members
Hal Borhauer, President
Kathy Knecht, Clerk
Counseling Offices & Career Centers
Lead Counselor: Genna Laird 623-773-6553
Cactus High School Centennial High School
Guidance: 623-412-5007 Guidance: 623-412-4407
Career: 623-412-5037 Career: 623-412-4443
Ironwood High School Kellis High School
Guidance: 623-486-6407 Guidance: 623-412-5432
Career: 623-486-6422 Career: 623-412-5456
Liberty High School Peoria High School
Guidance: 623-773-6534 Guidance: 623-486-6307
Career: 623-773-6552 Career: 623-486-6358
Peoria Transition Center Sunrise Mountain High School
T.O.P. High School Guidance: 623-487-5133
Main Office: 623-412-5475 Career: 623-487-5170
Graduation and University Requirements
Graduation Graduation AZ University
Subjects Requirements Requirements Academic
Class of Class of 2013+ Competencies
English 4 credits 4 credits 4 credits
Mathematics 3 credits* 4 credits** 4 credits
Lab Science 2 credits 3 credits 3 credits
Social Studies 3 credits 3 credits 2 credits
Physical Ed. 1 credit*** 1 credit***
World Language 2 credits (of the
Fine Arts/CTE 1 credit of fine 1 credit of fine 1 credit of fine
arts or 1 CTE arts or 1 CTE arts
*Integrated Intermediate Algebra or Algebra I, Integrated Geometry, a third math course
beyond Algebra I are required. If completed in a PUSD elementary school, Integrated
Beginning Algebra credit will be transferred to high school, but will not affect the high
school GPA. In effect, students must successfully complete three required math courses
in order to fulfill PUSD’s math graduation requirements.
**Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II and a fourth credit of math (Algebra II as a
prerequisite) is required in order to fulfill PUSD’s math graduation requirements.
***The PE requirement may also be fulfilled with one credit of JROTC or Marching
How to Get Started:
If you are uncertain about your plans for after high school graduation, we suggest you
start by having a discussion with your high school guidance counselor.
The career center specialist at your high school can also be very helpful to offer
resources that will help in your decision making.
Use and become familiar with Bridges, (page 10) a career source on the
Internet. This can be accessed from the Career Center, or from a home
computer or a computer in the Library Media Center. Instructions on the use of
this valuable resource are included in this handbook. The Career Center has
hundreds of other resources available.
After graduation from high school, many students plan to attend a post-secondary
educational institution. In order to determine which type of post secondary institution is
the right one for you, consider some of the following.
1. How will my high school record affect my choices?
2. How much money can I afford for an education?
3. Should I live at home or on campus?
4. Am I prepared for college-level work?
5. Should I go to a public-supported or a private college or school?
6. What school will meet my vocational plans? Does it offer my major?
7. Have I taken or am I prepared for required entrance examinations?
8. What are the entrance requirements?
9. What deadlines must I meet for admissions and/or financial aid?
There are many options to consider for training and education after high school.
The primary options are:
Four-year universities – public and private
Two-year community colleges – public and private
Arizona Public Four-Year Universities
For all public colleges and universities in Arizona, go to: www.azhighered.org
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 480-965-7788
Arizona State University, P. O. Box 870112, Tempe, AZ 85287 http://www.asu.edu
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 602-543-5500
ASU West Campus, 4701 W Thunderbird Rd, Glendale, AZ 85306 http://www.west.asu.edu
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 520-523-5511
Northern Arizona University, Box 4084, Flagstaff, AZ 86011 http://www.nau.edu
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 520-621-3237
University of Arizona, P. O. Box 210040, Tucson, AZ 85721 http://www.arizona.edu
Admission requirements: All three state public universities listed above have
admission requirements. (Check university websites for specific requirements):
Core Competency Courses required for admission to Arizona universities:
Four credits of English
Four credits of math (Algebra I, Geometry, Algebra II, and an advanced math class for which
Algebra II is a prerequisite)
Three credits of LAB science
Two credits of social studies
Two credits of world language
One credit of fine arts
Arizona Private Four-Year Universities
Office of Admissions 602-870-9222
DeVry Institute of Technology, Phoenix, AZ 85021 www.devry.edu
Office of Admissions 800-888-3728
Embry-Riddle Aeronautical University, Prescott, AZ 86301 www.erau.edu/pr/
Office of Undergraduate Admissions 602-589-2855
Grand Canyon University, 3300 W Camelback Rd., Phoenix, AZ 85061 www.gcu.edu/
All private colleges listed above consider your G.P.A., rank in graduating class, and either ACT
or SAT scores for acceptance. Check the college website for specific admission requirements.
Arizona Two-Year Community Colleges
Maricopa Community Colleges
You may access any Maricopa Community College online at www.maricopa.edu Tuition is
Chandler-Gilbert College Chandler, AZ 85225
Estrella Mountain College Avondale, AZ 85323
Gateway Community College Phoenix, AZ 85034
Glendale Community College Glendale, AZ 85302
Mesa Community College Mesa, AZ 85202
Paradise Valley Community College Phoenix, AZ 85032
Phoenix College Phoenix, AZ 85013
Rio Salado Community Tempe, AZ 85281
Scottsdale Community College Scottsdale, AZ 85250
South Mountain Community College Phoenix, AZ 85042
Other Public Community Colleges in Arizona
You may access any community college outside Maricopa County at www.azhighered.org
Arizona Western College Yuma, AZ 85366 www.azwestern.edu
Central Arizona College Coolidge, AZ 85228 www.centralaz.edu
Cochise College Douglas, AZ 85607 www.cochise.edu
Coconino College Flagstaff, AZ 86001-2701 www.coconino.edu
Eastern Arizona College Thatcher, AZ 85552 www.eac.edu
Mohave Community College Kingman, AZ 86401 www.mohave.edu
Northland Pioneer College Holbrook, AZ 86025 www.npc.edu
Pima Community College Tucson, AZ 85709-1010 www.pima.edu
Yavapai College Prescott, AZ 86301 www.yc.edu
Vocational and Technical Schools
The first step you should take if you are considering a vocational school is to take the
time to review the information in the Arizona College and Career Guide, online at
www.azhighered.org. CALL those schools and colleges offering programs or training in
which you are interested. REQUEST catalogs, admission applications, and any other
written material regarding the school and the programs it offers. VISIT each school's
campus with your family and talk to faculty, staff and students. Stop by the job
placement or career services office and find out what companies hire graduated
students. TALK to as many people as possible. Then you need to THINK carefully
about your decision. Your post secondary education is one of the most important
decisions of your life. It is the foundation of your future career path.
Industrial businesses in Arizona have organized a system that permits students to
acquire knowledge, skills, and experience, while working on a job and earning money.
This system is referred to as apprenticeship training programs. It is a formal written
plan, encompassing the terms and conditions of employment, training and related
technical instruction that will be provided to the student. An apprenticed worker is given
continuous, supervised instruction in all practical and theoretical aspects of the work
that is required in a skilled occupation.
There are over 100 occupations in Arizona that may currently be learned through an
apprenticeship program and the application process varies for each. After an individual
has selected an apprenticeship trade, he or she should check online at:
www.commerce.state.az.us/workforce (Arizona Department of Commerce)
Or contact the Apprenticeship Training Office at (602) 771-1100
Apprenticeship Services distributes all information on apprenticeships in Arizona
(including requirements and openings), and counsels individual applicants.
Some of the apprenticeships include boilermaker, bricklayer, carpenter, construction
equipment mechanic, cook/chef, truck driver, drywall/lather, drywall/taper finisher,
electric relay man, electrician, operating engineer, glass setter/glazier, insulation
worker, iron worker, line erector, machinist, mason (cement), mechanic (welder),
mechanic (heavy duty), metal fabricator, millwright, painter, pipe fitter, refrigeration,
plant operator, plasterer, plumber, roofer, sheet metal worker, steamfitter, tool and die
If you enlist, you may enter the armed forces of your choice. Training for many career
fields is available. The Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery (ASVAB) is
required. Contact your counselor or the career center specialist if you are interested in
taking the test on campus. If you miss the chance to take this test on campus, you may
contact any military recruiter and they will make arrangements for you to take the test.
The test is free and there is no obligation to join any branch of the military.
If you join a reserve unit or National Guard unit, you may normally fulfill most of your
obligation while living at home and working or attending college. Meetings are held one
weekend per month, plus two full weeks of active duty training during the summer.
You may go to college and participate in a Reserve Officer Training Corps (ROTC)
program. This allows you to receive financial assistance while in college and to receive
benefits after serving your active duty requirements. www.todaysmilitary.com
Each year, several ROTC Scholarships are provided by the various military branches.
These financial assistance grants provide for the payment of tuition, books, fees,
supplies, and equipment, plus a tax-free allowance each month. These scholarships
may cover freshman through senior year of college. Students interested in applying for
one of these ROTC scholarships should list ROTC as one of the addresses for mailing
of their score reports when taking the ACT or SAT test. These scholarships range from
partial to full tuition.
The Military Academies are the United States Air Force Academy, Coast Guard
Academy, U. S. Military Academy (Army) - West Point, the U. S. Naval Academy -
Annapolis, and the Merchant Marine Academy. All of the academies offer four years of
college education leading to a Bachelor of Science degree. Graduates receive regular
commissions, and they must serve their active duty commitments. Most academy
cadets make a career of the service. Competition for admission is very keen, and
admissions are limited. Students who are interested in an appointment to one of the
academies must begin the process early in their freshmen year.
For those students intending to enter the work force immediately after high school,
Maricopa Workforce Connection is a set of workforce development partners, providing
free services to assist job seekers. Go to www.arizonavirtualonestop.com or
Maricopa Workforce Connection is located at: 1840 N. 95th Ave., Suite 160,
Phoenix, AZ 85037
mylife Career Development
Every Student, Every Day, Prepared to Meet Tomorrow – Building a Plan for Life
Every student will have an opportunity to:
Meet with your Guidance Counselor to develop an Education & Career Action
Plan or ECAP (a current plan of coursework, career and post-secondary goals).
Revise your ECAP as needed when your career interests change.
Learn the process of searching for career and college information.
Take career and interest inventories.
Learn about post-secondary options (community college, universities, military,
apprenticeships, vocational schools).
Take the required tests necessary for college entrance.
Learn about scholarship and financial aid opportunities.
Build an electronic portfolio, which can include your career assessments, high
school course work, the ECAP, career and colleges search information, a
résumé, and scholarships.
Gain work-based learning experiences while in high school.
Students are encouraged to visit the high school Career Center to:
Take career assessments.
Make appointments to visit with Post-Secondary Representatives.
Gain information about Arizona colleges and universities.
Find data concerning out-of-state schools.
Pick-up SAT and ACT registration materials.
Sign up to take the ASVAB (Armed Services Vocational Aptitude Battery).
Search for scholarships.
Discuss top careers.
Gain information about the FAFSA (Free Application for Financial Aid).
Learn about college and career fairs in our area.
Utilize Bridges, the online career exploration and portfolio system
Career Center Specialists
Cactus High 412-5037
Centennial High 412-4443
Ironwood High 486-6422
Liberty High 773-6525
Peoria High 486-6358
Peoria Transition Center 412-5475
Raymond S. Kellis High 412-5425
Sunrise Mountain 487-5170
A Career Source on the Internet
This web site can help students find great, current career information. Bridges is available for all Peoria
District students and teachers. This site lets students:
Plan by taking an interest, values, skills survey that points them to possible careers they
Search for careers by keyword or concept
Find salary, forecast, education, and other information for careers
Read interviews with people already in specific careers
Create a resume and a portfolio of special career info they want to save
To get there from the Career Center, library, classroom or home computers:
1. Log on to www.bridges.com
2. Click on Choice Planner
3. A student portfolio has already been created for you. Sign-In on the right side of the screen. (Keep
the username and password confidential)
Username: In all capital letters, type the first letter of your first name, and the first seven letters of
your last name, and then the first four digits of your school student ID number.
Password: the default password is “abc123”, but you may change it to a password of your choosing.
We recommend you use the same password as you do for your school email account.
4. The WORK tab includes information about careers. Here you can take interest and aptitude
assessments that will match your interests and abilities with possible careers. You can also write a
resume here and store it in your portfolio. Most careers will include this information:
interviews with people now in that career
articles on skills required for the career
links to other web sites related to that career
links to a job bank where you can search for jobs currently posted by employers
5. The LEARN tab includes information about schools and colleges. This is where you can search
for schools that match with your career interest. Most schools will include information about:
tuition and fees
size of the school
whether the school is public or private
what majors are offered
intramurals and interscholastic sports
6. The YOUR PORTFOLIO tab is where you can store all of your searches about careers and colleges,
your interest assessments and resumes.
7. For more information on how to take interest assessments or to do college and career searches,
please contact your career center specialist.
NCAA Eligibility for Student Athletes
If a student wishes to participate in NCAA Division I or II athletics or receive an athletics
scholarship, he/she needs to be certified by the NCAA Eligibility Center. A student must
qualify both academically and be cleared as an amateur student-athlete. A student must
have at least a 2.0 GPA (based on a 4.0 scale) in 16 core courses. A student must also
achieve a minimum combined ACT or SAT score, depending upon the student’s GPA.
*The following is a checklist for College-Bound Student Athletes according to the NCAA
Register with the NCAA Eligibility Center at the beginning of your junior year at
Complete the registration process truthfully.
Ask your records specialist in the guidance office to send your transcript to the
Eligibility Center at the end of junior year.
Take the ACT or SAT and use the code ―9999‖ to have your official scores
sent directly to the Eligibility Center.
Check with your guidance counselor to make sure you are on track to graduate
on time with your class and have the required amount of core courses.
Ask your records specialist to submit your final transcript with proof of
graduation. If you attended other High Schools also request official transcripts
There are PLAYNAIA Schools that require you register through the www.playnaina.org
website. Steps are the same as above. The code is “9876” to have your official Act/SAT
scores to be sent to this eligibility center.
We strongly recommend that as early as your sophomore year students and their parent
or guardian attend the NCAA Night at Ironwood H.S. on September 26th at 7:00pm
and at Centennial High School, on October 17th at 7:00pm to find out more
information on the NCAA Eligibility requirements. These nights are sponsored by the
PUSD Guidance Departments.
TWO-YEAR COMMUNITY COLLEGES
Community colleges require a placement test for admission. The test is free and
includes testing in the areas of English, math, and reading skills. The test is given in the
Testing Center at Glendale Community College several times each day. You may take
the test there, even if you plan to attend a different community college at a different
location in the state. For more information on testing at Glendale Community College go
to www.gccaz.edu/testingservices. You do not need to take the ACT or SAT to attend a
FOUR-YEAR PRIVATE AND PUBLIC COLLEGES AND UNIVERSITIES
The majority of students planning to attend a university must take either the ACT or SAT
exam. Ideally, it is best to take the exam during the junior year or early in the senior
year. The admission test scores, along with your high school transcript, personal letters
of recommendation, and interview reports, provide the basis for selection of students.
The most selective schools also consider a student’s activities in both leadership and
community service experience.
What is the ACT?
The American College Testing program or ACT is a national college entrance
examination that consists of subject areas in English, math, reading, and science. The
ACT is an achievement test that measures what a student has learned in school.
ACT results are accepted by all 4-year colleges and universities in the U.S.
What is the SAT?
The College Board's Scholastic Aptitude Test or SAT is a globally recognized college
admission test that lets students demonstrate to colleges what they know and how they
can apply their knowledge. The SAT tests knowledge in reading, writing and math, and
tests a student’s reasoning and verbal abilities.
SAT Subject Tests are offered in the areas of social sciences, mathematics, English,
world languages, and science. Review college catalogs and talk to college officials to
see if colleges on your list require Subject Test scores for admission.
6/2/12 Check the website for
Regular Registration Fee: $49.00
SAT: Test (3 hours and 45 minutes)
-has critical reading, math and writing sections.
-Scale for each test is 200 (low) to 800 (high) for a possible total of 2400.
-For SAT, score is reported as a combination of critical reading, writing and math
scores (added together).
-Check the website of the school(s) you are interested in for specific
SAT: Subject Test (1 hour)
-Measures knowledge of particular subjects
-Areas include: English, History, Math, Science and World Languages.
The Career Center has information and registration packets for the ACT, SAT, and SAT
Subject Tests. You may register for the test online. Both websites also provide test
taking tips and practice questions.
High School Codes Needed For Test Registration
Cactus High: 030-257
Peoria High: 030-260
R.S. Kellis: 030-034
Sunrise Mountain: 030-254
Check the website for
-75 Questions/45 Minutes
-Covers: Punctuation, grammar, sentence structure, strategy, organization, and
-60 Questions/60 Minutes
-Covers: Pre-Algebra/ Elementary Algebra, Intermediate Algebra/ Coordinate
Geometry, Plane Geometry/ Trigonometry
-40 Questions/35 Minutes
-Covers: Ability to derive meaning from 4 given passages
(10 questions per passage)
-40 Questions/35 Minutes
-Covers: Data representation, research summaries, conflicting viewpoint.
Writing Test is optional; check the requirements for the colleges that you are
interested in attending.
- 30-minute writing assessment
- Essay is evaluated as a rough draft
-Scale for each of 4 test is 1 (low) - 36 (high).
-A composite score is given by averaging the four test scores.
-A composite score of 22 is required for Arizona state universities.
-Competitive schools require composite scores of 27 and above.
-Check the catalog of the school(s) you are interested in for specific
What’s The Difference?
Science, Math, Reading, Critical Reading, Math
English (+ optional Writing
writing) Accepted nationally
Penalty for wrong
No penalty for guessing answers
All multiple-choice Math grid-ins
Writing Essay: Optional Writing Essay:
(add $14.50)-last Mandatory-first
Perfect Score 36 Perfect Score 2400
Students choose best All scores reported to
score to report to colleges
Pre-SAT: PSAT (11th)
Pre-ACT: PLAN (10th)
More Information can be located at:
www.act.org for the ACT
www.collegeboard.com for SAT
Scholarships and Financial Assistance
General Information about Scholarships
There are numerous dollars in scholarships available for students of every type and
talent. Research is the key word when discussing scholarships. Students must take the
responsibility and time to do research if they plan on receiving money. Parents,
teachers, and counselors can direct students to the proper places for research; however
they should not do the research and work for them. Research should begin no later than
the second semester of the junior year or the summer following.
Hints on Researching Scholarships
A scholarship website is available on the PUSD Guidance portal at:
http://guidance.peoriaud.k12.az.us. You can also access scholarship information at:
Visit the Career Center to research scholarship information. Browse the Web looking
for scholarships. If a student searches under “scholarships” or “financial aid”, thousands
of references can be found. Beware of scholarship searches offered for a fee.
Check with parents’ employer or civic organizations to see if they offer scholarships
for children of employees or members.
Hints on Applying for Scholarships
1. A scholarship application should be typed if possible. Proofread the application;
errors in grammar or spelling do not make a good impression and could disqualify an
applicant from consideration. Many applications are online and can be completed
2. Apply for any and all scholarships in which you have an interest or are
qualified. In general, the more specific and the more local the scholarship is, the
better the chances. By specific, we mean that the criteria are selective – e.g. “120
hours of community service at Life Care Center of North Glendale.” By local we
mean that a student has a better chance of receiving a scholarship offered by your
high school or the Peoria Unified School District than a Target Scholarship
3. If a student needs a letter of recommendation, he/she should pick a teacher or
coach who knows him/her well and give them at least two weeks’ notice. A written
resume or autobiography is helpful to the person writing the recommendation.
4. If the student is writing an essay, he/she should make sure it reveals something
about him/her as a person and sets him/her apart. Your essay needs to stand out.
5. If the scholarship demands a single entrant from your high school, applications
will be reviewed and the school entrant selected by your high school Scholarship
Arizona University Scholarships/Financial Aid
We recommend you check the university websites to learn about the scholarships and
financial aid offered. Eligibility requirements vary, as does the GPA requirement to
renew the scholarship.
Arizona State University: http://students.asu.edu/financialaid
Tempe: 480.965.4845 | West Campus: 602.543.8178
All applicants must complete the ASU General Scholarship Application and will be
considered for scholarships based upon a variety of academic and financial eligibility
Northern Arizona University: www.nau.edu/finaid | 928.523.4951
New freshmen are automatically considered for some academic scholarships once they
are accepted to NAU. It is recommended that students complete the NAU Scholarship
University of Arizona: https://financialaid.arizona.edu/scholarships/ | 520.621.1858
All applicants will be considered for a variety of scholarships which pay at least partial
tuition. Candidates will be considered on an academic index which includes GPA in
academic classes, SAT/ACT scores, the number of honors and AP classes taken and
the total number of academic units.
Maricopa Community College Scholarships—Presidential Scholarship
Students graduating in the top 15% of their high school class or achieving high scores
on the ASSET Placement test may qualify for the Presidential Scholarship offered at all
Maricopa Community Colleges. Students must enroll within one academic year after
high school graduation. A separate application and deadline is required. This
scholarship pays tuition up to 15 credit hours.
Arizona Board of Regents High Honors Tuition Scholarship
The Arizona Board of Regents is now awarding a tuition scholarship for students who meet
the following requirements: http://www.ade.az.gov/asd/tuitionwaiver/parents-students.asp
The Arizona Board of Regent’s High Honors Tuition Scholarship (a.k.a. – AIMS Scholarship) is a
university academic merit scholarship administered by the Arizona Department of Education on behalf
of the Arizona Board of Regents. Qualified students who graduate from high school in 2011 and 2012
will receive a full in-state university tuition scholarship valid beginning the first fall semester following
graduation1 from an Arizona high school. Qualified students who graduate from high school in 2013
and beyond will receive a 25% in-state university tuition scholarship.
This scholarship must be claimed by the first spring semester following graduation from high school.
Contact individual universities for exact deadlines for claiming award.
The scholarship is fixed2 and renewable for an additional three years based upon university-
determined criteria. The actual dollar amount of the scholarship will vary based upon the tuition
charged by the State University in which the student enrolls.
There is no application for this scholarship. Students are identified and certified to the Arizona
Department of Education by their high school during their senior year.
Scholarship Criteria In order to qualify for this tuition scholarship, students must have
Arizona residency with lawful immigration status (as defined by the University Admission
Office), AND meet the academic criteria listed below.
Part 1 (Course Competency)
Students must complete all 16 Core Competency Courses by graduation with a B* or better
in each unit of credit awarded or receive an acceptable score (see Table 1) on the Advance
Placement (AP) test or a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that subject area.
The 16 Core Competency Courses as defined by the Arizona Board of Regents Tri-University
Admission requirements are: 4 units English; 4 units Math; 3 units Lab Science; 2 units
Social Science; 2 units Foreign Language; and 1 unit Fine Arts.
* A "C" in a weighted course in any credit bearing unit of a core course does not convert to
a "B". The grade is as reflected on the student's transcript.
- If a student receives a "C" in a core course he/she must complete one of the following
options to remain eligible:
1. Retake the unit of credit and receive a "B" or better
2. Take an additional unit of credit in that subject matter and receive a “B” or
3. Receive an Acceptable Score (See Table 1) on the Advance Placement (AP)
4. Test or a 4 on the International Baccalaureate (IB) test for that subject area
Part 2 (GPA/Class Rank)
Students must meet at least ONE of the following academic requirements:
Option 1 - GPA: A CORE GPA of 3.50 IN THE 16 CORE COMPETENCY COURSES on an
un-weighted 4.00 scale or for those districts which use a 5.00 scale for IB/AP/Honors
courses, an equivalent CORE GPA on a weighted scale that meets or exceeds the
value in Table 2.
Option 2 - Class Rank: Student is in the top 5% of high school graduating class upon
Part 3 (AIMS Exams)
Students must meet the following assessment options:
Option 1: EXCEED Standards on all 3 of the AIMS Exams (Reading, Writing,
and Math) by the end of junior year. The AIMS Science exam does not count
as one of the 3 AIMS exams, for purposes of this scholarship.
Option 2: EXCEED Standards on 2 of the AIMS HS Exams (Reading, Writing, and
Math) and MEET Standards on 1 of the AIMS HS Exams by the end of their junior
year. Additionally, student would need to receive a minimum score of 3 on any two
Advanced Placement tests or a minimum score of 4 on any two International
Baccalaureate exams. AP/IB exams may be taken during the senior year. For
additional information, see FAQ #12.
For the high school graduating class of 2013 and beyond
Part 4 (SAT1/ACT)
Students must meet at least one of the following admissions test options and
submit scores to the university they apply to
Option 1: At least a 28 on the ACT test
Option 2: At least a 1300 on the SAT1 test (critical reading & math,
***Subject to change per ABOR regulations. The High Honors Tuition Scholarship was in effect at the time of
the PUSD student handbook publication.
Financial Aid Categories
Colleges and universities usually offer four categories of broad financial aid. Many
times, each category includes several different types of assistance.
1. SCHOLARSHIPS - A gift, which does not have to be repaid. Each sponsoring
organization uses its own qualification requirements and selection criteria, and sets their
own deadline. Students must submit applications to be considered. IT IS YOUR
RESPONSIBILITY TO APPLY. It is to your advantage to apply for any or all
scholarships and awards in which you have an interest and for which you are eligible.
You should keep a file with photocopies of each and every application that you submit,
along with letters of recommendations, correspondence, etc. You are encouraged to
use this file for future applications.
FREE SCHOLARSHIP SEARCHES ON THE WEB:
PUSD Guidance: http://guidance.peoriaud.k12.az.us
College Answer: www.collegeanswer.com
Student Services Corporation: www.sssc.com
2. GRANTS - Aid that is based on financial need that is given to the student to meet
his/her college expenses. Grant money never has to be returned to the giving institution
unless the student quits attending that school before the academic year is complete.
The FAFSA form must be completed to determine if you qualify for grants. For more
information on the following, visit: www.FederalStudentAid.ed.gov
No repayment required
Program for undergraduates only
Eligibility determined by standard formula
Grant limited to 18 semesters or their equivalent
FEDERAL SUPPLEMENTAL EDUCATIONAL OPPORTUNITY GRANT
No repayment required
Program for undergraduates with exceptional financial need
Award based on need and availability of funds
ACADEMIC COMPETITIVENESS GRANT
No repayment required
Must be eligible for PELL Grant
For students who have completed a rigorous high school program
NATIONAL SMART GRANT
Grant for third or fourth year college student
No repayment required
Must be eligible for PELL Grant
Must be enrolled in an eligible program majoring in physical, life or computer
sciences, engineering, technology, mathematics, or a critical need foreign language
Maintained a GPA of at least 3.0 in coursework required for the major
3. LOANS - A borrowing program that permits students to borrow money at a very low
interest rate to meet college expenses. In most cases, repayment is deferred until the
students have completed their education. The FAFSA form must be completed for any
type of loan.
PERKINS LOANS (formerly National Direct Student Loan)
Low interest loans
A campus-based program
Repayment begins nine months after graduation
STAFFORD STUDENT LOANS
Loan based on need, determined by school's financial officer
Must be enrolled at least a half time student
These loans are for PARENTS of students enrolled at least half-time
Parents must not have a negative credit history
4. WORK STUDY - A means by which a student can meet his/her expenses by working
for the college that he/she is attending.
Requires financial need
Requires submission of the FAFSA form
(Jobs are for clerks, paper graders, teacher aides, lab, library, or
equipment assistants, etc.
Frequently Asked Questions about Scholarships
Each year the Guidance Office receives a variety of questions regarding scholarships.
The following Q&A is provided to provide clarity on these questions.
1. What is the difference between scholarships and financial aid? Scholarships are
achievement-based and federal financial aid is need-based. Anyone who demonstrates
financial need can receive money from federal financial aid in the form of grants, low-
interest loans and work-study. Scholarships are very competitive.
2. Who receives scholarships? Students who demonstrate exceptional talent as judged
by the scholarship selection committee of a specific organization. Most of the students
who are offered thousands of dollars have an unweighted GPA near 4.0, in addition to a
demonstrated exceptional talent. However, there is a wide variety of scholarships that
depend on individual academic success.
3. Why should I even bother? I don’t have even a 3.0 GPA. If a student doesn’t
compete, how can he/she win anything? Remember, there is a direct correlation
between the amount of time a student spends researching and applying for scholarships
and the number of students who are awarded scholarships and grants. YOU need to put
forth the effort, not the guidance counselor nor your parents!
4. What does ―exceptional‖ talent mean? A student who exhibits exceptional talent goes
far beyond the accomplishments of other high achievers. This may include such talents
as being the outstanding athlete in the state, SAT scores above 2100 or ACT scores
over 32, writing a bilingual computer program, publishing articles or fiction, researching
medical advances, or heading up projects to benefit the community. The question the
scholarship selection committees are seeking to answer is “What distinguishes this
student from every other applicant with an A average?”
5. I make good grades – straight A’s. Don’t I deserve a scholarship? A student
deserves to be commended for his/her academic achievement. However, scholarships
are based upon much more than just good grades. In-state colleges base scholarships
on GPA, class rank, ACT/SAT scores and the number of honors and core classes you
6. What type of student usually receives very competitive scholarships? A student
who demonstrates “exceptional talent” in a particular area and is extremely well-
rounded. This person will normally be in the top 5% of his class, have an ACT score
above 28 or a SAT score above 1950, plus demonstrate leadership in activities such as
student government, participate in more than one sport, and be very involved in
community and volunteer service activities and projects. Plus, he or she will have put in
many hours in the scholarship application process.
7. What does ―demonstrate leadership‖ mean? It means that the student is set apart
from other students who merely participate in an activity. Maybe the student has been an
officer of the class or school organization for several years; maybe he/she is an All-
Division or All-Star athlete; or maybe has contributed in an outstanding manner to the
community. In some way, he/she has put in more time, undertaken more responsibility,
and has been faced with more pressure than the person who simply showed up for
meetings or practice.
8. Well, it sounds like you have to be ―Mr. or Ms. Everything‖ to get a scholarship.
Competition for college money is very intense. Organizations must protect their
investment and they are diligent about finding the best candidate possible. Many
organizations receive thousands of applications. Students not only compete against
outstanding students in the same city, but from all fifty states. Keep in mind that the
“average” student in these competitions is very well qualified.
9. What do most applications involve? The standard criteria are GPA, class rank,
SAT/ACT scores, school activities, leadership positions, community contributions, and
honors/awards. There is usually at least one essay involved and letters of
recommendation are often requested. All applications have strict deadlines, some as
early as September or October of the senior year.
10. What is involved in the essay? They are all different. Some are only 200 words while
some are over a page. Most have a specific topic – e.g. “describe an obstacle you have
faced in your lifetime and how you overcame it.”
11. I’ve seen advertisements for companies that promise to get a student a
scholarship. What should we do? A headline from the Arizona Republic read:
Scholarship-search firms under fire: information easily at hand in schools,
libraries. If a company is going to charge you $45-$200, you want them to deliver. First,
ask them for a random list of people who have used their service and contact several.
Second, ask if you get your money returned if you do not receive a qualified offer that is
satisfactory to you, and ask what the conditions for the refund are. Also, do they
guarantee a specific amount to find for you as well as a specific college? A $500 book
scholarship to St. Williams State doesn’t do much good if you need several thousand
dollars to attend NAU!
12. Can my parents help me with scholarships in any way? Definitely. It is possible that
parents may spend as much energy as the student. Parents may be needed to help
research, make phone calls during the day, take phone messages, express mail
applications and most of all, and keep the student’s spirits up while the student is “in the
13. I thought my counselor was supposed to search out scholarships for me!
Counselors are eager to guide you in your search for financial assistance. The
counselors make the scholarship information that has been sent to the high school,
available to the students. The commitment to compete in scholarship programs and to
do the required work, however, is up to the individual student. It would be unrealistic for
a counselor to spend several hours each day pursuing a scholarship for only one
Financial aid is monetary help to meet college educational costs such as tuition, fees,
books, and personal living expenses, such as food, housing, and transportation.
Sometimes students are surprised to discover that financial aid can help them pay for
living expenses. Financial aid is often available to pay for non-college education
such as vocational or trade school programs.
In order to find out if you qualify for financial aid, you and your parents need to complete
the Free Application for Federal Student Aid, often referred to as the FAFSA form,
found at: www.fafsa.ed.gov.This form will be available online during the first week of
January for the upcoming college year. Since determination of financial need is based
upon family income, the first step is to complete tax returns as soon as possible.
A Personal Identification Number is necessary to access your personal FAFSA
information. Go to www.pin.ed.gov to apply for your PIN. It is also a good idea for your
parents to have their own PIN.
Information collected on the FAFSA is used to determine your expected family
contribution. Sometimes parents and students are surprised when they are asked to
furnish personal financial information to obtain financial aid. Remember that the data is
collected to meet the requirements of the federal government and to insure that the
financial aid programs are administered fairly for all students.
To be eligible for federal financial aid you must be a U.S. citizen, have financial need,
be registered with Selective Service (if applicable), be working toward a degree or
certificate, and be making satisfactory academic progress.
The Federal Student Aid Information Center has created two handy reference booklets
that you can obtain for free. The Student Guide and Funding Your Education are
available online at: http://www.studentaid.ed.gov
**COLLEGE GOAL SUNDAY is an annual event scheduled on February 11th, 2012.
Members of the Arizona Commission for Postsecondary Education and the Arizona
Association of Student Financial Aid Administrators will be on hand to help high school
seniors and parents complete the FAFSA application forms. To access information
online in early January go to www.collegegoalsunday.com.
For an Interactive version of this Planner, visit
Talk to your counselor about your college and career plans.
Work out an Education & Career Action Plan (ECAP) by investigating your career
plans through Bridges (see the career center specialist or your counselor for help on
Bridges), and talking with your parents, teachers and counselor.
Start a file to keep copies of your report cards, a list of honors and awards, and notes
regarding your school and community service activities. Put this information into your
Start thinking about colleges you might want to attend.
Find out about the requirements for National Honor Society.
Review your ECAP with your counselor. Discuss Advanced Placement, dual
enrollment and e-Campus classes.
Consider taking the PSAT test in October; this test is written for juniors but can be
taken in 10th grade as a practice.
Continue to update your résumé. Your involvement in both school and community
activities is extremely important for college admission and scholarships. Add any
new report cards, test scores, honors, or awards to your file.
Consider attending enrichment programs in the summer or camps for specialized
areas – art, music, science, etc.
Ask a counselor or career center specialist about how to search for scholarships and
Review your ECAP with your counselor. Be sure that you understand what credits
and requirements remain to be taken to complete graduation and college
Discuss testing (PSAT, SAT, ACT, ASVAB) with your counselor; obtain a schedule
for this testing.
Continue your search for scholarships and financial aid opportunities.
Take the PSAT test in October.
Narrow your list of colleges. Consider scheduling campus tours, possibly during your
days off from school (winter or spring break) or for the upcoming summer.
When you receive your PSAT scores in December, see your counselor to review
your scores and discuss when to take the SAT test.
Investigate whether the colleges you are considering require the SAT Subject Test
and discuss this with your counselor.
If you are taking Advanced Placement classes, register for the May exams.
Talk to your teachers about letters of recommendation. You may need these in the
fall when you apply for college admission and scholarships.
Continue to update your résumé and keep record of report cards and
school/community activities in your file.
Write a rough draft of the essay you will need for your college applications.
11th Grade (continued)
Decide if you are going to apply under a particular college's early decision or early
action programs. This requires you to submit your applications early, typically
between October and December of your senior year, but offers the benefit of
receiving the college's decision about your admission early, usually before January
1. If you choose to apply early, you should do so for your first-choice college or
university. Many early decision programs are legally binding -- if they accept you,
then you are required to attend that college.
August: Review your ECAP with your counselor; make sure you have the needed
credits and requirements for graduation and college admission.
August: Check the SAT & ACT dates and register to take a fall test if necessary.
Register for SAT Subject Test if needed by your college.
All year: Investigate and apply for scholarships. Check online resources and those
in your Career Center. Talk to your counselor to get advice and handouts.
September: Finalize your list of colleges and check for the application deadline. We
normally recommend you to apply to Arizona universities by October 1.
September/October: Be sure to request that your official transcript be sent to the
colleges to which you have applied. Contact the Records Specialist at your high
October/November: If your college requires recommendation forms from teachers
and/or your counselor, submit the form with a stamped, college-address envelope to
the educator so they have time to complete it before the deadline.
October/November: Discuss early decision or early action deadlines with your
October/November: Caps and gowns (and other graduation supplies) are usually
ordered in the fall, but can be ordered later in the school year.
November/December: If you plan to live on campus, check the deadlines for
applying for housing and the deposit required.
January: Go online (http://www.pin.ed.gov) to set up your personal identification
number for the FAFSA (Free Application for Federal Student Aid).
February: Check the financial aid deadline for your college(s). Many require that the
FAFSA (www.fafsa.ed.gov) is completed online by mid-February.
March/April: Your Student Aid Report (SAR) will arrive approximately 6 weeks after
you apply for the FAFSA online. Check the SAR carefully and return with any
January – April: Keep a close watch for college acceptance letters and scholarship
offers. Check for any deadlines.
April/May: Register for and take any AP exams.
April/May: Check the senior calendar at your high school so that you are informed
about the Awards and Scholarship events, senior checkout, graduation practice, and
the graduation ceremony.
Aug/Sept. Exploring College Options: Duke, Georgetown, Harvard, Penn State & Stanford. Student &
Parent Information. Check the website for the date: http://exploringcollegeoptions.org
Sept. 10 Progress reports mailed home
Sept. 26 College Bound Information Night, Ironwood High School, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Sept. 23 Peoria Regional College Fair, 6:30-8:30 p.m., ASU West
Sept. 22 Greater Phoenix National College Fair, http://www.nacacnet.org/
Oct. 1 seniors—Best date to have all college applications finished
Oct.13 PSAT; check with your Guidance Office for registration deadline
Oct. 14 First Quarter Ends
Oct. 17 College Bound Information Night, Centennial High School, 7:00-8:30 p.m.
Oct. 18 National Christian College Fair, 6:00–8:00 p.m., Scottsdale Christian Academy,
Dec. 1 Seniors—Out-of-state college applications should already have been sent
Dec. 15-16 First semester course assessments
Dec. 22 First Semester Ends
TBA Career & Technical Education Parent Information Night (Location TBA; check with your
Feb. 11 College Goal Sunday; a free on-site FAFSA completion assistance event.
Mid-Feb Seniors—Priority deadline for FAFSA completion for universities
March 16 Third Quarter Ends
TBA Deadline for photocopy of scholarship/award letters to Guidance Office; see your counselor for date
TBA Information concerning graduation materials will be distributed to seniors
May Senior Awards/Scholarship Recognition; contact your counselor for exact date
May 14-17 Senior Exams; senior “check-out” procedures
May 20-21 Graduation; check with your counselor for specifics
May 24 Fourth Quarter ends students’ last day
**Student ECAP (Education and Career Action Plan) will be updated with their Guidance Counselor for the
following year. See your H.S. Guidance and Counseling office for specific dates and information.